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Bin Laden Told Children ‘Move to West in Peace’

Bin Laden rejected “like father, like son” view and told his children to move to the West and live in peace, his brother-in-law said.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 2/13/2012, 4:43 PM

Former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden
Former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden
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Bin Laden rejected “like father, like son” view and told his children to move to the West and live in peace, his brother-in-law said.

Osama Bin Laden rejected “like father, like son” view and told his children to move to the West and live in peace, his brother-in-law said in an interview with the Times of London.

a U.S. Navy SEAL team assassinated the Al Qaeda leader in Pakistan last year.

Despite his constant preaching against what he consider corrupt values of the West, particularly the United States, his brother-in-law Zakaria al Sadah said, “He told his own children and grandchildren, ‘Go to Europe and America and get a good education’” and believed they “should not follow him down the road to jihad.”

“You have to study, live in peace and don’t do what I am doing or what I have done,” said al Sadah, the brother of Bin Laden’s Yemeni fifth wife Ama, who was shot in the leg during the raid on his million-dollar compound.

Ama and two other of Bin Laden’s wives, along with their nine of his children and grandchildren who were in the compound at the time of the raid, are being held under guard in an apartment in Islambad.

A Pakistani commission is investigating the raid, which Zakaria said left the children traumatized.

American officials raised questions after the raid concerning the ability of Bin Laden to live in Islambad for several years under the noses of the government, which officially was supposed to be helping the United States fight its war on terror.