Skip to comments.Osama bin Laden has died, according to the L'Est republicain
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."
No shiite, he's dead! He died at Tora Bora in 2001..
Well, let's hope boys and girls, let's hope. (I'm sure the RATs will be thrilled if this is true, ha ha).
Show me the bones.
Yeah, I'll believe it when I see his head on a pike.
Typhoid fever is a severe infection caused by a bacterium, Salmonella typhi. S. typhi is in the same family of bacteria as the type spread by chicken and eggs, commonly known as "salmonella poisoning," or food poisoning. S. typhi bacteria do not have vomiting and diarrhea as the most prominent symptoms of their presence in humans. Instead, persistently high fever is the hallmark of S. typhi infection.
S. typhi bacteria are passed into the stool and urine of infected patients. They may continue to be present in the stool of asymptomatic carriers, who are persons who have recovered from the symptoms of the disease but continue to carry the bacteria. This carrier state occurs in about 3% of all individuals recovered from typhoid fever.
Typhoid fever is passed from person to person through poor hygiene, such as incomplete or no hand washing after using the toilet. Persons who are carriers of the disease and who handle food can be the source of epidemic spread of typhoid. One such individual gave her name to the expression "Typhoid Mary," a name given to someone whom others avoid.
Typhoid fever is a particularly difficult problem in parts of the world with poor sanitation practices. In the United States, most patients who contract typhoid fever have recently returned from travel to another country where typhoid is much more common, including Mexico, Peru, Chile, India, and Pakistan.
Causes and symptoms
S. typhi must be ingested to cause disease. Transmission often occurs when a person in the carrier state does not wash hands thoroughly (or not at all) after defecation and serves food to others. This pathway is sometimes called the fecal-oral route of disease transmission. In countries where open sewage is accessible to flies, the insects land on the sewage, pick up the bacteria, and then contaminate food to be eaten by humans.
After being swallowed, the S. typhi bacteria head down the digestive tract, where they are taken in by cells called mononuclear phagocytes. These phagocytes are cells of the immune system, whose job it is to engulf and kill invading bacteria and viruses. In the case of S. typhi, however, the bacteria are able to survive ingestion by the phagocytes, and multiply within these cells. This period of time, during which the bacteria are multiplying within the phagocytes, is the 10 to 14-day incubation period of typhoid fever. When huge numbers of bacteria fill an individual phagocyte, they spill out of the cell and into the bloodstream, where their presence begins to cause symptoms.
The presence of increasingly large numbers of bacteria in the bloodstream (bacteremia) is responsible for an increasingly high fever, which lasts throughout the four to eight weeks of the disease in untreated individuals. Other symptoms of typhoid fever include constipation (at first), extreme fatigue, headache, joint pain, and a rash across the abdomen known as rose spots.
The bacteria move from the bloodstream into certain tissues of the body, including the gallbladder and lymph tissue of the intestine (called Peyer's patches). The tissue's response to this invasion causes symptoms ranging from inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis) to intestinal bleeding to actual perforation of the intestine. Perforation of the intestine refers to an actual hole occurring in the wall of the intestine, with leakage of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity. This leakage causes severe irritation and inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity, which is called peritonitis. Peritonitis is a frequent cause of death from typhoid fever.
Other complications of typhoid fever include liver and spleen enlargement, sometimes so great that the spleen ruptures or bursts; anemia, or low red blood cell count due to blood loss from the intestinal bleeding; joint infections, which are especially common in patients with sickle cell anemia and immune system disorders; pneumonia caused by a bacterial infection-- usually Streptococcus pneumoniae-- which is able to take hold due to the patient's weakened state; heart infections; and meningitis and infections of the brain, which cause mental confusion and even coma. It may take a patient several months to recover fully from untreated typhoid fever.
In some cases, the doctor may suspect the diagnosis if the patient has already developed the characteristic rose spots, or if he or she has a history of recent travel in areas with poor sanitation. The diagnosis, however, is confirmed by a blood culture. Samples of a patient's stool, urine, and bone marrow can also be used to grow S. typhi in a laboratory for identification under a microscope. Cultures are the most accurate method of diagnosis. Blood cultures usually become positive in the first week of illness in 80% of patients who have not taken antibiotics.
Antibiotics are the treatment of choice for typhoid fever. Chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin) is the most effective medication for S. typhi . The patient's symptoms begin to improve slightly after only 24-48 hours of receiving the medication. Another drug, ceftriaxone (Rocephin), has been used as well, and is also extremely effective. It lowers fever fairly quickly.
Carriers of S. typhi must be treated even when they do not show any symptoms of the infection, because carriers are responsible for the majority of new cases of typhoid fever. Eliminating the carrier state is actually a fairly difficult task. It requires treatment with one or even two different medications over a period of four to six weeks. In the case of a carrier with gallstones, surgery may need to be performed to remove the gallbladder. This measure is necessary because typhoid bacteria are often housed in the gallbladder, where they may survive in spite of antibiotic treatment.
The prognosis for recovery is good for most patients. In the era before effective antibiotics were discovered, about 12% of all typhoid fever patients died of the infection. Now, however, fewer than 1% of patients who receive prompt antibiotic treatment will die. The mortality rate is highest in the very young and very old, and in patients suffering from malnutrition. The most ominous signs are changes in a patient's state of consciousness, including stupor or coma.
Hygienic sewage disposal systems in a community as well as proper personal hygiene are the most important factors in preventing typhoid fever. Immunizations are available for travelers who expect to visit countries where S. typhi is a known public health problem. Some of these immunizations provide only short-term protection (for a few months), while others may be effective for several years. Efforts are being made to develop immunizations that provide a longer period of protection with fewer side effects from the vaccine itself.
If true, I'll celebrate with a BLT.
How about that pumpkin pie, 2J?
Nice find. I'll be looking for my lost shaker of salt and then be back.
Well thanks for posting this.....Pelosi and Boxer are DEEPLY saddened!!!
rumor mill bump
I have been waiting for proof for sometime-proof that he was alive. "New Osama video" my a**. Not one of them showed any thing that could provide currency. No newspapers, no videos of him stading in front of a TV with the news on, nothing. Just grainy footage and stratchy voice over. Show me the bones AND the DNA match..
How reputable is L'Est republicain?
Where ya goin?
On Tape, Clinton Admits Passing Up bin Laden Capture
listen here: http://www.newsmax.com/audio/BILLVH.mp3
read here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1706790/posts
And he denies it all? Which is it Bill, did you try and fail, or not?
Here's to hoping the story is true and OBL is spending eternity somewhere very, very hot.
I smell the odor of bovine excrement.
Somehow, I think that if he died of 'natural causes', Al Queda would release it to taunt us and show the "evil Americans" didn't get him.
Produce his body, and I'll believe.
(Waitaminit...didn't Rove say there'd be an 'October Surprise'? Could it be....?????)
Goats all around Afghanistan breathe a sigh of relief...
L'est Republicain article (in French):
That Karl Rove! Is this the premature October Surprise?!
Is Franco still dead?
Heh, I wondered about that myself.
Much better than "L'Eft Democrat", n'est-ce pas?
Could his have been the funeral that the al-Queada were attending when we passed up the opportunity to bomb them in formation?
Where's the body???
Ole bin Laden has died almost as many times as Yassar Arafat did.
Is he really, really dead this time, though?
Very interesting. Was that right after August 23rd? Don't the Muslims have to bury them pretty quick?
that he died of Typhoid fever and not LEAD POISONING.
Good post. I had literally the exact same thought when I saw the article title.
Prove the identity through DNA, then put his head on a pike outside the front entrance to the Pentagon. For extra credit, let's pay down the national debt by setting up a stand in front with baseball bats for rent, $1 per swing. By the time OBL's done with, Saddam will have been executed and we can put up his head.
When We get back the COMPLETE DNA test results then and only then will I believe he has truly be converted into a true believer......
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Does it strike anyone else as odd that this coincides with the recent discussion as to whether Pakistan will allow the US in its borders to pursue Bin Laden and US asserting that it will do it if it wants to? Musharaff got to put up a good front of defiance to his country, hopefully reducing the fervor of those who are trying to kill him, and Bush gets to maintain his stance of "F you, we're getting this guy" and all with very little consequence beyond perception and posturing.
That darned Karl Rove again?
bad spinach 8-?
Ham sandwiches for everybody!
Lets add this up. The Saudis know a heck of alot on Ossama. They monitor huge amounts of phonecalls within the country...and know more than they'd like to admit. If they admit that the guy is dead in public...its a fairly good chance of this being true.
Consider this though...typhoid is beatable...but only with the right drugs. If you were sitting in the middle of Pakistan...in hill country...and could not go to a regional hospital because you were the great Ossama...you would die within 2-3 weeks. Even if this story turns out false...I think the CIA now has a great weapon. If he isn't dead...then bring massive typhoid samples into Pakistan and offer free drugs at the regional hospitals...under guard. You might kill off a couple of thousand of these guys...but considering they aren't helping us in this campaign...I'm not too worried about thier lengthly life.
Let's all sit back and watch this unfold. You still have one or two key members of the leadership around...they must be eliminated as well. We are not done yet.
Quick, let's cut funding for the War on Terror! [sarcasm alert]
Crap. Now I feel the need to purchase about 200 or 300 sympathy cards for all of the Demagogue Party scum in Congress.
I hate articles like this, getting everyone's hopes up.
The evil cretin always seem to hold on the longest and the French haven't gotten anything correct in a very long time.
I'd bet my paycheck this isn't true...and I am one poor SOB.
It'll be an easy transition for the 'rats.
They'll just go from "it's pathetic we haven't caught him yet" to "it's pathetic we never caught him". They probably already have the macro written.