Osama bin Laden Dead: Did Al-Zawahiri Plot bin Laden's Death?

A former U.S. Navy SEAL has revealed that Osama bin Laden was set up to be killed by his predecessor Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Former SEAL Chuck Pfarrer writes in his book “SEAL Target Geronimo” that Zawahiri is believed to have repeatedly sent a courier - who had been interrogated by the CIA - to bin Laden’s hiding place in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The book says: "Despite knowing that this operative was blown, Zawahiri used Abu Ahmed al Kuwaiti to make repeated trips to Bin Laden's compound. Based on this accumulation of information, one can draw conclusion that it was Zawahiri who led the U.S. to bin Laden's hiding place in Abbottabad, accomplishing this through a complex and persistent series of lapses in security."

Al-Zawahiri was elected as al-Qaida’s leader six weeks after bin Laden’s death.

Pfarrer writes: “Zawahiri had several advantages over his boss. Besides an innate viciousness, Zawahiri could speak and read English. He was an avid consumer of American news about al-Qaida. Moving between his own first-provided safe houses, Zawahiri had his messages delivered in Abu Ahmed al Kuwaiti's fantastically painted four-wheel drive truck. The vehicle and its frequent destination soon attracted the attention of American intelligence.”

He also writes: “During the Afghan war, Zawahiri had continually urged Osama forward into combat. As his personal physician from 1984 to 2003, Zawahiri examined and treated Osama frequently. Zawahiri was a trained physician who studied at one of the finest universities in the Middle East. Yet he failed to diagnose Osama's obvious symptoms of back pain, low blood pressure, and fainting spells.

"All of these, and a telltale craving for table salt led to a diagnosis that was obvious, yet Zawahiri never mentioned it to Osama and withheld from him the easy-to-acquire medication that would have held his disease in check,"

Pfarrer’s 225-page book is published by New York-based St Martin’s Press and will be released in a few days.