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Family feud led to Osama’s fall – started after he married a child as fourth wife

A new book by investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark has exposed new explosive materials about the rise and fall of Al- Qaeda's Osama bin Laden.  The two journalists had met Osama's family multiple times after years of chasing and cajoling and had put forward the years of this research in their new book 'The Exile'. And it appears that the factions inside his family rising from Osama's 'messiah' complex was the main reason that the terror empire of Al-Qaeda crumbled.  As long as Osama s

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A new book by investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark has exposed new explosive materials about the rise and fall of Al- Qaeda's Osama bin Laden.

The two journalists had met Osama's family multiple times after years of chasing and cajoling and had put forward the years of this research in their new book 'The Exile'. And it appears that the factions inside his family rising from Osama's 'messiah' complex was the main reason that the terror empire of Al-Qaeda crumbled.

As long as Osama stuck to his three wives, his family was a stable unit, reports The Hindustan Times.

Even though he had deserted his wives and children to their fates immediately after the 9/11 attacks, they had his back. After all, for Osama, his family had always been pawns and they were used to it. He married his daughters off at puberty to cement military pacts - one teenage daughter died in Waziristan at childbirth.

Osama later reunited with his family in the garrison at Abottabad in Pakistan.

Even though his precarious situation then meant that he should have lived quietly, the All Qaeda head was too egoistical to bother.

The bustle of so many kids turned the situation so stressful that it became difficult to keep them out of the public eye. As a result, their Kuwaiti landlords tried to evict the family.

In 2011, Osama convinced the landlords to backtrack the eviction notice, something he boasted to his wives at length. A few months later, US special forces decimated the family in the same house. Osama left behind wives embroiled in a war not of their choosing and unemployable children with absolutely no skills.

However, the real cracks in the family had emerged months earlier, when the egoistical leader married a child, Amal, from Yemen. His older wives were furious, calling it a midlife crisis. His security heads were also disgruntled and left, creating a huge vacuum in the security of the garrison.

However, the most controversial opinion in the new book is that US President Bush could have caught the highly wanted fugitive as far back as in 2003- Iran was ready to hand then over.

But focussed on invading Iraq and waging a war on the 'Axis of Evil', the Bush administration apparently refuses to strike a deal with Iran.

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