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“Basically we do not know how much the press report is true,” the head of Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said, adding that “but what is apparent is that Americans have used the issue (al-Qaida and bin Laden) as an excuse to step in Afghanistan,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters on Monday.
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WASHINGTON, May 2 — Osama bin Laden was buried by the U.S. military at sea in accordance with the terror mastermind’s own religious customs, as no country would accept his remains, a senior U.S. officials said Monday.
The burial was conducted aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea, an official said on the conditions of anonymity during a background briefing with media. It took place within 24 hours of the al-Qaida leader’s death, he said.
“Preparations for at-sea [burial] began at 1:10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (0510 GMT) and were completed at 2 a.m. (0600 GMT),” the official said.
“The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker,” he added.
Afterward, bin Laden’s body was placed onto a flat board, which was then elevated upward on one side and the body slid off into the sea.
CIA and Defense Department officials are sure it was the body of bin Laden. CIA specialists compared photos of the body with known photos of bin Laden and said with 95-percent certainty it was the terrorist leader, a senior intelligence official said.
In addition, the intelligence official said, bin Laden’s wife identified him by name while the strike team was still in the compound.
Specialists “performed the initial DNA analysis matching a virtually 100-percent DNA match of the body against the DNA of several of bin Laden’s family members.”
John Brennan, Assistant to the President for homeland security and counterterrorism, also confirmed in a White House briefing the burial of bin Laden’s remains “was done in strict conformance with Islamist precepts and practices.”
“It was prepared in accordance with the Islamic requirements. We early on made provisions for that type of burial, and we wanted to make sure that it was going to be done, again, in strict conformance,” said Brennan.
Osama bin Laden’s burial was conducted aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea in accordance with the terror mastermind’s own religious customs, as no country would accept his remains, a senior U.S. officials said on May 2. (Xinhua/Wu Bin)
|heikh Ahmed al-Tayeb of Egypt’s al-Azhar|
Grand Sheik of al-Azhar in Cairo, Ahmad al-Tayeb, has condemned the US measure to deposit the body of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden into the sea as a violation of Islamic laws.
The burial at sea “runs contrary to the principles of Islamic laws, religious values and humanitarian customs,” al-Tayeb said in a statement. He said that the dead should be given full respect regardless of their nations or beliefs, adding that a corpse would be respected once it is buried.
US President Barack Obama announced in a televised speech on Sunday that bin Laden was killed by US forces after he was found hiding in a compound in Pakistan. A senior US Defense official alleged that bin Laden’s body has been buried at sea after the procedures for Islamic burial were followed on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson for one hour. He said that his body was washed and placed in a white sheet, then verses of the Qur’an were cited and the corpse was eased into the North Arabian Sea. The official added that finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted man was difficult, so the US decided to bury him at sea.
This is while burial at sea is not an Islamic practice.
|Obama says al-Qaida leader killed in U.S. operation outside Islamabad|
WASHINGTON, May 2 — U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday announced the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden almost 10 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that killed nearly 3,000 people. At the astonishing news, world leaders congratulated Obama of what they call a victory for all.