Monday, October 21, 2002
Debka.note... I like linking to Debka.com, as you can tell from my permalinks, even though one of my trusted friends describes its dispatches as "fanciful," and another, "[expletive deleted]." So let's use this as a test case: Debka says Osama bin Laden is alive and has returned to Saudi Arabia. I find it very, very hard to believe that bin Laden wouldn't have crowed about his survival a long time ago, but he also was an unusually patient man before we bombed him out of Afghanistan. So let's see.
Bin Laden Is Back in Saudi Arabia
Is Working Closely with Baghdad
Based on summary of latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly Revelations
19 October: DEBKAfile reveals that the long-lost al Qaeda leader, Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, is alive and inSaudi Arabia. He is believed to have landed secretly at the end of September, shortly before the latest upsurge of international terrorist attacks against the French oil tankerLimburg, the shooting of American Marines in Kuwait, the Bali bomb disaster. This exclusive information reached DEBKA-Net-Weekly (October 18, Issue 81) from its most credible intelligence and counter-intelligence sources. His re-appearance in Saudi Arabia, which withdrew his citizenship and sent him into exile, brings to a close the debate and speculation rife since the Tora Bora battle in Afghanistan 11 months ago over Bin Laden’s fate and whereabouts.Two sightings of the elusive terrorist chief have now been reported – both in the wildest, most inhospitable regions of Saudi Arabia, the Rub al Khali, the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula, and Najran on the Yemen frontier....