Inside the Middle East
May 11, 2011
Posted: 1048 GMT
Amal al-Sadah's passport, which a relative said was obtained for the purpose of marrying bin Laden in Afghanistan in 2000.
Amal al-Sadah's passport, which a relative said was obtained for the purpose of marrying bin Laden in Afghanistan in 2000.

When 18-year-old Amal al-Sadah became the fifth wife of 43-year-old Osama bin Laden in 2000, she was "a quiet, polite, easygoing and confident teenager" who came from a big, conservative family in Yemen, a relative told CNN in an exclusive interview.

The relative, Ahmed, who knew al-Sadah growing up, said she came from a traditional family in Ibb, Yemen - established and respectable but certainly with no militant views paralleling the al Qaeda leader's terrorism.
The family had no connection to al Qaeda prior to the arranged marriage, Ahmed told CNN during an interview in Ibb on Friday.

While some accounts say a matchmaker put the couple together, the relative wasn't sure of that report, adding he heard many stories about how the two were betrothed. Read more...

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Stephen   May 11th, 2011 2:42 pm ET

Really??? is a photo on my profile that'll give her warm, fuzzy memories of her husband :)

John A   May 12th, 2011 11:46 am ET

And next week the white house will describe her as old shy and uneducated.

The only sure thing about this Bin Laden fairytale is the White House cant keep its story straight for more than a day.

If we lie to our governments we get jail time. If our governments are caught red handed lying to us, nothing happens. Welcome to the mythical world of democracy.

yoyobang   May 12th, 2011 11:54 am ET

Officer who work in the New York Trade Center on 9.11. they do not

Bin Laden why air heading bomb New York Trade Center in spite of
building office men and women did not armed. ?

Bin Laden have to be killed in spite of no armed as he killed many
unarmed men on 9. 11 in the New York.

maryam   May 16th, 2011 10:46 am ET

It sounds like a match made in heaven.

DAVID KAPLAN   May 21st, 2011 5:41 am ET

Undoubtedly Vogue would like to do a puff piece on the the charming Mrs Bin Laden and her progressive husband.

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