|Wednesday October 31, 2:04 PM
Bin Laden underwent treatment in July at Dubai American
Osama bin Laden underwent treatment in July at the American
Hospital in Dubai where he met a US Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) official, French daily Le Figaro and Radio France
Quoting "a witness, a professional partner of the administrative
management of the hospital," they said the man suspected by the
United States of being behind the September 11 terrorist attacks had
arrived in Dubai on July 4 by air from Quetta, Pakistan.
He was immediately taken to the hospital for kidney treatment. He
left the establishment on July 14, Le Figaro said.
During his stay, the daily said, the local CIA representative was
seen going into bin Laden's room and "a few days later, the CIA man
boasted to some friends of having visited the Saudi-born
Quoting "an authoritative source," Le Figaro and the radio
station said the CIA representative had been recalled to Washington
on July 15.
Bin Laden has been sought by the United States for terrorism
since the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
But his CIA links go back before that to the fight against Soviet
forces in Afghanistan.
Le Figaro said bin Laden was accompanied in Dubai by his personal
physician and close collaborator, who could be the Egyptian Ayman
al-Zawahari, as well as bodyguards and an Algerian nurse.
He was admitted to the urology department of Doctor Terry
Callaway, who specializes in kidney stones and male infertility.
Telephoned several times, the doctor declined to answer
Several sources had reported that bin Laden had a serious kidney
infection. He had a mobile dialysis machine sent to his Kandahar
hideout in Afghanistan in the first half of 2000, according to
"authoritative sources" quoted by Le Figaro and RFI.
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