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‘I don’t hate Obama for killing my father Osama’, says Omar bin Laden

July 20
Published on 21 Jul. 2011 12:46 AM IST
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Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s fourth eldest son, Omar, has said that he doesn’t hold a grudge against United States President Barack Obama for his father’s slaying.
Bin Laden, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed with a “double tap” - a shot to his chest quickly followed by one above his left eye - during a top-secret US military operation ordered by Obama at his hideaway in Pakistan’s Abbottabad city on May 2.
“I don’t hate Obama for killing my father. He did what he had to do. He was at war with my father. My father had spent his time and all the money he could get to fight his enemies. He was America’s worst enemy,” The Sun quoted Omar, as saying.
“Obama and Hillary Clinton did what they had to do, but they weren’t smiling about it. People had been killed. Presidents Bush and Clinton had tried, but failed to kill my father. It has made Obama very popular,” he added.
The 30-year-old further said that he had expected that his father would be killed one day, but admitted that it was still a big shock.
“I loved him, he was my father. I didn’t agree with what he did - I only believe in peace - but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t love him as a father. I didn’t cry, I never cry, I don’t know why, but I don’t,” Omar said.
“When I heard the news my whole life flashed through my mind like a movie. All the good and bad times, in Sudan and Afghanistan with my father when I was younger,” he added.
The Saudi-born terrorist, accused of being behind a number of atrocities, including the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001, was at the top of the US “most wanted” list.

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