Osama Bin Laden's Compound: Photos From Outside, the Neighbors Speak

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Outside the compound, via @ReallyVirtual.
Sohaib Athar, or @ReallyVirtual, the civilian who accidentally live tweeted the raid on Osama bin Laden on Sunday night, went from several hundred Twitter followers to nearly 100,000, basically overnight. Athar, who describes himself as "an IT consultant taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains with his laptops," has been tweeting photos from the area around Bin Laden's compound, along with details on what he sees. He's also working on an FAQ, he says -- we'll update when that comes out. In the meantime, here are some of his photos of what's happening, after the jump.


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He tweets: "The guy with the cap was asking the reporter to show proof of OBL's death before he'll answer any questions."

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"The street behind the hideout. More smiles than frowns."

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"The compound area."

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Meanwhile, the neighbors are speaking. The Atlantic Wire has gathered some of the details in a post called "What It's Like to Be Osama bin Laden's Neighbor": Bin Laden lived in "Bilal Town, a leafy, upper-middle-class neighborhood with many retired Pakistani army officers in the city of Abbottabad." The Bin Laden family was apparently pretty reclusive; one neighbor says people only left the compound to go to the mosque; other residents say there were security cameras to spy on anyone who approached.

One day last month, according to Bloomberg, a neighbor knocked on the gate to recommend turning off the compound's powerful security lights because electricity is so expensive. A Pakistani opened the door and grew angry, inquiring, "Who told you to come here?"

Perhaps the weirdest and most oddly human news is what they ate.

Rashid and Akbar Khan, who owned bin Laden's compound, drove to his store regularly in a Pajero or small Suzuki van and bought enough food for ten people, favoring Pepsi and Coke equally. Qaisar said the Khans "always bought the best brands--Nestle milk, the good-quality soaps and shampoos. They always paid cash, never asked for credit." He added that while he was curious about why they bought food in bulk, "I did not want to be rude by asking."

What It's Like to Be Osama bin Laden's Neighbor [Atlantic Wire]
Bin Laden Aides Bought Big Orders of Pepsi, Coke, Grocer Says [Bloomberg]
Twitter account of Sohaib Athar @ReallyVirtual


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Fuckosama
Fuckosama

I keep laughing at you conspiracy theorists that have issues with government.we killed him! He was shot in the head! There is video. You think a any government could lie about this with the fear of being caught hovering over their head. They would lose everything if they did. So get a brain, quit stirring up rumors and Anti America messages and be happy this psycho is dead.

JE Colon
JE Colon

I keep laughing at the americans. Thank the Lord, I stop calling myself one until this piece of work is removed out of our whitehouse. How gallible is the public. Rashid and Akbar Khan were working for Osama but they did not have him in the compound. He died along time ago. What they had was the "sons" of Bin Laden who were the terrorists that took over their daddy's business. The muslim CIA cat that was feeding them information got the situation wrong. The wives (have not been questione by the USA ) and already the conflict of stories as to whether all three of them has been challenged. One was living in Syria not at the compound as reported. The amount of children (osama's ) have been challenged too. So, what we have here is the Navy Seals making the biggest mistake in history- killing the planner. Burying his body- mistaking the 24 hour Islamic to mean sea and not earth. And NOW getting only selective Democrats to see his photos. Why don't they get the american people to see them but instead they pick only who seem gallible to believe. Dear Americans, treason has been committed here, starting with the BC and ending with the death of Osama's cell.

Poynter
Poynter

I went back and traced tweets from Sothaib Athar to see how we found out about him so quickly on Sunday night. I found that several people played key roles in getting his tweets in front of mainstream media:

http://www.poynter.org/latest-...

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Arknigam
Arknigam

Hello Folks,Has any one seen the pictures of the Corpse, or is this a coverup, where the current administration has taken a large amount of money from OBL, and then orchestrated this missle attack? I do not see any damage to the compound. How does his body get a Sea Burial?Did the American ships run out of body bags and refers to bring the dead body to the USA?Was he not wanted Dead or Alive in the USA? I think BHO , the Saudi's and OBL "Tag-Teamed" the American people to believe this, another lie.Just day after we found out that BHO's death Certificate is a Fake.Common world wake up and look around you BHO will Orchestrate anything to get a second term. Even if it is a fake Birth Certificate or a Fake Death Certificate to his 'almost namesake' cousin. Pakistan is over-run by Marines and OBL is living in this compund, Did any one see any signs of a Kidney Machine? I feel we are being "Hoodwinked" again, behind the Royal Wedding the The Fake Birth Cert and the Phony funerla in the sea.

Revmdaniel
Revmdaniel

Time to get off the drugs and face the facts of life.

EDITH
EDITH

shut up you sick bastard!!! Stop hating ,,!!!! Yeah it took a brother who jus happens to be President to shutt that shit down!!!

Joewho
Joewho

@Edith, that was the cracker part of him that made that decision. The brother portion was in from of the liquor store drunk off of his ass trying to score some meth.

Satish Chandra
Satish Chandra

According to the American announcement, Osama bin Laden was not killed DURING the firefight but executed with a shot in the head AFTER he had been taken into custody. Like CIA kingpin K. Subrahmanyam's fake death, his death -- in preparation for a withdrawal from Afghanistan -- is a consequence of India having prepositioned five to six nuclear weapons in various cities/countries for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United states (see below) and may be similarly fake.

I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, I have shown that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world are sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan's ISI and India's RAW function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the Subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the Subcontinent as a whole; India is already under covert CIA rule. To end this, India has said that five to six nuclear bombs have been prepositioned in various cities/countries such as New Delhi, Washington and New York -- see my blog -- for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States.

Indian media people have been covering the white man's wedding as if he is India's prince. How many stories have you carried about India's sovereign (see my blog above) who is also the most intelligent, most handsome man on Earth whose toe-nail clippings are worth more to India and the world than the rest of the billion-plus Indians combined? RAW has been putting out a breathless story on the white man's wedding, in the Times of India, NDTV, etc., about every five minutes just as it promotes the AIDS woman and her gang-rapist son. It is all part of maintaining white rule over India (see 'What You Should Know About RAW' in my blog above).

India's emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was kept in exile while the British ruled India just as India's sovereign is being kept in exile while the CIA rules India. Tens of millions of Indians killed by the British in just the ten years after 1857 -- depopulating entire regions so there weren't any men left to till the land -- and many more right up to 1947 is how you generate love and admiration for conquerors -- Americans doing the same in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. call it 'pacification' -- loved and admired by one Swapan Dasgupta who wrote a column admiring me as "Quick Gun Murugan" about twenty years ago at which he was recruited by CIA-RAW. India will depopulate enemies -- to hell with love and admiration -- with nuclear bombs.

Satish Chandra

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