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Osama bin Laden has died, according to the L'Est republicain
AP France ^ | September 23, 2006

Posted on 09/22/2006 10:33:45 PM PDT by confrico

PARIS (AP) - The head of terrorist network al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, has died, according to information from the Saudi police, transmitted by the Directorate-General of External Services (DGSE), and reported on the Lorraine daily newspaper L'Est republicain in its Saturday edition.

"According to a commonly reliable source, the Saudi police believes that Osama Bin Laden has died," said a September 21st confidential note from the DGSE classified as "defense." L'Est republicain will publish it in its Saturday edition. The note, specified the daily newspaper, would be re-printed "un-edited."

According to the note to be published by the L'Est republicain, the Saudi police "would try to obtain more details, in particular the location of the burial site, and then announce the news officially." The DGSE specified in the note that no "jihadist Internet site has for the moment been made aware of the death of Osama bin Laden."

According to the note, "the head of al Qaeda may have fallen victim to a strong case of typhoid fever while in Pakistan, on August 23, 2006," and may have died within a matter of days.

The French news organization transmitted this note to the President of France, to the Defense and Prime Minister and the Ministers of the Interior Department on September 21, according to the regional daily newspaper, which added that a prior note transmitted on September 19th to the leaders of France explained why the Saudi police "sought to confirm the death of Osama bin Laden."


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To: garjog

OBAMA KILLS OSAMA

That way the NYT can get him on Hillarys ticket as VP!


251 posted on 09/23/2006 1:18:18 AM PDT by corbe (mystified)
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To: Dallas59
Ahmadinejad 10,000 years from now after we nuke Iran


252 posted on 09/23/2006 1:18:37 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: ET(end tyranny); Uriah_lost

I think people have to stand and look at the bride because she spent so much money on her gown and so much time getting her hair and makeup all dooded up. ;-)


253 posted on 09/23/2006 1:20:28 AM PDT by Miss Behave (You can't negotiate with people who want to kill you more than they want to live. ~Caller to Hannity)
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To: A CA Guy
Have a double go onto Al Jazerra and claim a conversion to Christianity? -----

LOL

254 posted on 09/23/2006 1:23:11 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: Dallas59

Put him in a well.


255 posted on 09/23/2006 1:23:43 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: confrico

Just announced on Coast to Coast so it must be true.


256 posted on 09/23/2006 1:24:27 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: confrico

Isn't the reward for him for him a dead-or-alive reward? If so, we ought to be able to get DNA confirmation pretty quickly since ratting out the location of a corpse can't be as risky for a muslim as ratting out the location of a live bin Laden, or can it?


257 posted on 09/23/2006 1:28:39 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: HAL9000
The ugly Americans forced poor Osama into the far reaches where he contacted typhoid.

It's Bush's Fault.

258 posted on 09/23/2006 1:33:41 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: corbe
OBAMA KILLS OSAMA That way the NYT can get him on Hillarys ticket as VP!

LOL

259 posted on 09/23/2006 1:35:43 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: beyond the sea

Coast-to-Coast, World Net Daily..... What next? New York Slimes? The pillars of credibility.


260 posted on 09/23/2006 1:40:18 AM PDT by REDWOOD99
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To: All
Bush: 'Finding Osama important, not who gets him'

The Amercans, the Pakistanis, a microbe, as long as he is dead...

261 posted on 09/23/2006 1:42:57 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter
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To: REDWOOD99
To be fair, George on 'Coasts to Coast' said he was not sure if the report was true. He said to await further news. George is cool.

Now, the Slimes is a different story.

;-)

262 posted on 09/23/2006 1:43:58 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: beyond the sea
The ugly Americans forced poor Osama into the far reaches where he contacted typhoid.

Doesn't that mean we got him by default?

263 posted on 09/23/2006 1:50:31 AM PDT by ET(end tyranny)
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To: ET(end tyranny)

Good point. Especially if he was unable to get proper medical care.


264 posted on 09/23/2006 2:54:44 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: confrico
It is Bush's fault he should have eradicated typhoid fever.
265 posted on 09/23/2006 2:54:57 AM PDT by JIM O
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To: confrico

The Saudis say it and the French report it, it must be true.
Funny but I doubt the credibility of either of them.

On the other hand, how convenient for ex-pres Clinton, Bush didn't get ubl either, typhoid may have.


266 posted on 09/23/2006 3:00:11 AM PDT by kalee
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To: confrico
I won't be satisfied until I see the body presented a "scrapple" for our inspection next to the ruins at "Ground Zero".
267 posted on 09/23/2006 3:01:00 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: confrico
I'll believe it when I see his head mounted on a pike and paraded through the streets of Kabul
268 posted on 09/23/2006 3:03:22 AM PDT by roaddog727 (Bullsh## doesn't get bridges built.)
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To: confrico

France to probe bin Laden death report leak
Reuters ^ | 9/23/06

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1706830/posts
Posted on 09/23/2006 5:06:38 AM CDT by Valin


PARIS (Reuters) - France's Defense Ministry said on Saturday a secret service report saying al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had died could not be confirmed but said it would launch an inquiry into the leak of secret documents.

The Defense Ministry issued the statement after a French regional newspaper, L'Est Republicain, published a report quoting a French secret service report as saying Saudi Arabia is convinced al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan last month.

"The information published this morning in the L'Est Republicain newspaper relating to the supposed death of Osama bin Laden cannot be confirmed," the Defense Ministry said.

(snip)


269 posted on 09/23/2006 3:08:18 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Kay

It hasn't been confirmed yet....they are still waiting for confirmation from the Saudis


270 posted on 09/23/2006 3:10:21 AM PDT by EBH (All great truths begin as blasphemies. GB Shaw)
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To: NormsRevenge
Carl Rove knew UBL loved spinach...wow, genius at work.
271 posted on 09/23/2006 3:16:33 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Trust can't be bought)
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To: Straight Vermonter
The Americans, the Pakistanis, a microbe, as long as he is dead...

Reminds me of War of the Worlds. 'In the End the powerful not from this world Martians were killed by earths smallest creatures.'. Either that or a lack of toilet paper.

272 posted on 09/23/2006 3:16:46 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: ET(end tyranny)
Doesn't that mean we got him by default?

Almost, I guess. Call it what you wish.

I thought the guy was dead a long time ago.

273 posted on 09/23/2006 3:19:45 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: roaddog727; onyx; Dog; Howlin; All
I always like to look at both the source of a story and who would have an interest n putting a story like this out. Since this is itself a dubious source involving two countries who aren't high on my list for trustworthiness (France and Saudi Arabia), there is already one mark against it.

Now, assuming the story is NOT true, who would benefit from such a story?

1. Leftists and anti-war people world-wide who want the US to pack up and go home from all foreign ventures.

2. A rival of bin Laden's who wants the #1 position in the terrorist hierarchy. This would be someone who wants to call the shots and control the money.

3. USA, who hopes that such a story would cause bin Laden to pop his head up to deny such a story.

4.Pakistan, who would hope to get the USA to call off the pressure concerning searching the Tribal Territories.

Now, assuming the story IS true, who would benefit? To a certain extent, the same answers with the exception of the CIA. However, the CIA might want to find out WHO would claim bin Laden's place, so there is motivation for them as well.

Now the question is, if the story is true, why is it coming from the Saudis? The answer might be that word has reached someone in his family.

I will be interested to see what further information surfaces in the next few days. One thing that does allow some credence to the story is the mention of typhoid as the cause of death. That's a pretty specific detail to place in a story.

274 posted on 09/23/2006 3:19:52 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look over Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: confrico
In a related Story:

Sheep throughout Middle East breath sigh of relief.

275 posted on 09/23/2006 3:20:19 AM PDT by JIM O
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To: Miss Marple

True, but judging by how 'sensitive' the Islamic world is right now, there should be large public demonstrations if this is true. Granted, the way he died may somewhat subdue the anti-American and anti-Israel sentiments, but these hotheads seem to view anything as an incitement to riot. We should be locking down embassies as a precaution.


276 posted on 09/23/2006 3:25:20 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

that " just by the mere fact that President Bush had OSBL on the run and hiding in those remote places was the cause of his own demise "


Bush didn't allow him to freely seek proper medical attention = Bush Fault


277 posted on 09/23/2006 3:25:33 AM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: COEXERJ145
Yeah, I'll believe it when I see his head on a pike.

Whether he's alive or dead, it's important to report that he's dead.

If hundreds of newspapers and TV stations start to carry this story, ben Laden will be forced to reveal himself if he's alive.

If he's dead, the repetition of his status will eventually be accepted.

I personally believe this. Ben Laden is too much of an egoist to have not been seen in a couple of years -- not one video.
278 posted on 09/23/2006 3:30:28 AM PDT by Beckwith (The dhimmicrats and liberal media have chosen sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: Miss Marple
One thing that does allow some credence to the story is the mention of typhoid as the cause of death.

That is the detail that allows me to assume a degree of believability also.

279 posted on 09/23/2006 3:30:42 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: confrico

gotta get DNA from multiple sites on corpse-before that, believe nuttin


280 posted on 09/23/2006 3:31:33 AM PDT by 1234 (WHO is Responsible for ENFORCING IMMIGRATION LAWS?)
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To: cardinal4

No shiite, he's dead! He died at Tora Bora in 2001..

I was one who thought he died there
am deeply saddened :(


281 posted on 09/23/2006 3:31:36 AM PDT by LynnHam
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To: confrico

Wish it were true, but he's been dead many times before...

Did he supposedly die before or after recording his next audio/video appearance?


282 posted on 09/23/2006 3:31:48 AM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: justa-hairyape; Miss Marple
Granted, the way he died may somewhat subdue the anti-American and anti-Israel sentiments

I doubt it. Won't they just get all bent out of shape because we forced Osama to the place where he got ill?

283 posted on 09/23/2006 3:32:48 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: Beckwith
I personally believe this.

I tend to believe it too ........ but I thought Sandy Fancy Pants Berger would be behind bars today.

;-)

284 posted on 09/23/2006 3:35:30 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: beyond the sea
I am really interested in the effect of this story, and also the source.

You are quite right about the street reaction. If he IS dead, we should see some signals in the demonstrations that are bound to occur.

285 posted on 09/23/2006 3:36:50 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look over Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: cardinal4
Show me the bones AND the DNA match

His followers will bury him where he will never be found.

Remember Crazy Horse?

There has been much speculation as to just where Crazy Horse was buried, no one knows for sure
286 posted on 09/23/2006 3:37:21 AM PDT by Beckwith (The dhimmicrats and liberal media have chosen sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: confrico

Actually, bin Laden is/was a dead ringer for Julia Roberts with a beard. R.I.P..


287 posted on 09/23/2006 3:41:03 AM PDT by hershey
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To: confrico

"remember, you saw it first on Free Republic ;)"

Well, no actually it was "you saw it first on l'Est Républicain" ! ;)


288 posted on 09/23/2006 3:41:43 AM PDT by Atlantic Friend (Cursum Perficio)
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To: Miss Marple
My nose is telling me that this story is either true or is a setup cover story of an Osama who has been dead for an even longer time.

But, in the end I'm just guessing.

I think we will know one way or the other rather soon.

289 posted on 09/23/2006 3:43:16 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: beyond the sea

They seem to get all bent out of shape whenever any potential bad news comes their way. That is how they handle the problem. It is true that when he ran into the mountains, his health care was severely limited. He was the one however that launched the 911 attack that ended up making him a fugitive in the first place.


290 posted on 09/23/2006 3:43:59 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Beckwith
What about that funeral a while back where our military chose not to nail all those guys all lined up in neat lines? Could that have been an Osama "funeral formation"?

Does that time line fit with this report?

291 posted on 09/23/2006 3:46:05 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: beyond the sea

If true, they'll say that Pope Benedict did it...


292 posted on 09/23/2006 3:46:50 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: beyond the sea

No, it does not fit. The funeral was in July.


293 posted on 09/23/2006 3:47:31 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look over Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: hershey
I can see it..... those dreamy and sad brown eyes, the sensual pouty mouth.........

;-)

294 posted on 09/23/2006 3:48:01 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: justa-hairyape

right


295 posted on 09/23/2006 3:49:16 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
If true, they'll say that Pope Benedict did it...

LOL.

But maybe this is just another: It's Bush's fault. He did not rid the world of typhoid in time.

296 posted on 09/23/2006 3:51:14 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: Miss Marple
Thanks for that. You are one of the reasons I love FR.

:-)

297 posted on 09/23/2006 3:52:03 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: Miss Marple
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1706830/posts

Have you seen this thread?

298 posted on 09/23/2006 3:53:37 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: Miss Marple

Btw, FoxNews just led their news program with the speculation about this story. The very first words from the gal's mouth.


299 posted on 09/23/2006 4:01:11 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( Nancy Von Trotsky on Chavez ."................ but all he is is an everyday thug.")
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To: Valin

PARIS (Reuters) - France's Defense Ministry said on Saturday a secret service report saying al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had died could not be confirmed but said it would launch an inquiry into the leak of secret documents.

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So there was a leak of a secret document, but the story could not be confirmed.

OK.


300 posted on 09/23/2006 4:11:17 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Tehran: Iran leader insists development of gas chambers, ovens marked "Jews", is for peaceful use.)
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