All that’s left are the chickens.
Simply 1,300 meters away from Pakistan’s esteemed Army Academy, the place the nation’s prime officers are skilled, is the spot the place the Waziristan Haveli — also called Osama bin Laden’s compound — stood.
At this time, there may be nothing left besides a automobile and a few poultry roaming the land the place the 9/11 terrorist chief as soon as lived. This video, taken surreptitiously by a passerby, reveals how bin Laden was residing virtually below the nostril of the army: The journey between his compound and the academy takes simply 22 seconds.
As The Submit reported final week, Peter L. Bergen’s new e book “The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden” (Simon & Schuster) particulars how bin Laden was caught due to his household hanging their garments out to dry, “bin Laden despatched his bodyguard, Ibrahim Saeed Ahmed abd al-Hamid, to purchase some land, rent an architect, and construct a fortress sufficiently big to deal with the household in Abbottabad, Pakistan.”
Comprised of a essential home and a number of other different properties, in addition to an adjoining grazing space for cows, chickens and a buffalo, the unique havelli additionally had a deep water nicely, so occupants by no means needed to depart for meals or water.
The three-story essential construction had 4 bedrooms on the primary flooring and 4 extra on the second, with a rest room for every of the sleeping quarters. The highest flooring contained a bed room, toilet, examine and terrace utilized by bin Laden.
America’s most wished man lived right here, subsequent to the academy, for greater than 5 years alongside along with his 4 wives, in addition to kids and bodyguards. The infamous hideout was raided within the early morning hours of Could 2, 2011, virtually 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults. Throughout the raid, US Navy seals killed the terrorists and located a cache of laptop drives.
In February 2012, the Pakistani authorities knocked down the mansion to stop mujahideen from memorializing it and turning it right into a perverse pilgrimage spot.
“It was a stain on our nation — an enormous embarrassment. It’s good it’s gone,” one Pakistani advised The Submit.