Comment: We are now being asked to believe that the world’s most hardcore religious extremist, a man who was in also in and out of hospital prior to 9/11 with failing kidneys, enjoyed racehorses and playing soccer and volleyball.
April 18, 2010
In between plotting terror attacks and gloating about them on videos, Osama Bin Laden, the world’s most wanted fugitive, is an extremely useful presence on the volleyball court, it has emerged.
“He is so tall that he does not need to jump up to do a smash,” said Nasser al-Bahri, one of the Al-Qaeda leader’s former bodyguards. His memoir, published in Paris last week, reveals another side of the West’s favourite bogeyman: besides his uses at the net, Bin Laden also likes playing football, preferably at centre forward. Even then, he never takes off his turban.
He is a voracious reader who enjoys quoting the memoirs of Britain’s Field Marshal Montgomery and France’s General Charles de Gaulle; and besides his quest to set up a caliphate, he is passionate about racehorses, says the bodyguard.
Al-Bahri served in the Afghan mountains for four years as one of Bin Laden’s most trusted lieutenants. He got to know the plotters of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States — he insists he had no idea what they were up to — as well as Bin Laden’s numerous children and wives.
This article was posted: Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 4:52 am