Osama’s Hideout Location: A Mundane, Cricket-Loving College Town

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Abbottabad is now that unlikely place where America’s most wanted was captured. It may be hard for Westerners to imagine it as anything else. But to Pakistanis, it was just another picturesque mountain town with a lot of colleges. At least one of those colleges had a cricket team with a YouTube-savvy member.

As an example of how mundane life was there, his cricket-enthusiast videos are hard to beat. In one video, the batters appear to be playing in makeshift nets (the cricketing term for batting cages) as recently as last month. Cricket is a big deal in Pakistan and the town had a cricket stadium of enough merit that national cricketing stars like Mudassar Nazar would drop by to give lessons. The national squad apparently sometimes trained there.

(More on TIME.com: See pictures of Osama’s hideout)

In another video, players are been given elaborate trophies after New South Wales—which is actually the name of a state  in Australia that also has a decent cricket team—won what appears to have been a 20-20 match at a local business college. In a 20-20 match, each side gets to bowl —or pitch—120 balls at the other team. The team with the most runs wins. The whole thing has a charmingly middle-school sports trophy night tenor.

It’s impossible to tell, alas, if Osama bin Laden had a view of the game from his compound.

(More on TIME.com: See continuing bin Laden coverage)

14 comments
luisto
luisto

He does not collect citizen's data, he collects citizens. LOL

lancasterpa
lancasterpa

Putin and Comrade Snowden are in a Russian/USSR alliance.  Nothing has changed except Russia puts on a different face.  Now they are attacking what may be an Allied country in the near future.  Maybe the US should take Cuba as a protectorate.  A US President would never give a low life like Snowden the time of day much less an audience with the population at large. Putin would just have kill SUSPECTED people and their families.

BettyWooster
BettyWooster

Putin doesn't collect data from Russian citizens. If he wants information about them, he gets it the old fashioned way, by collecting the citizens.

mindlike
mindlike

Proof Snowden is a naive tool

meddevguy
meddevguy

Let me get this right -- this traitor is now Russia's Minister of Secrecy? 


I can see where he is a great propaganda tool, but didn't know of his position in the Kremlin. When does he make his victory tour of Crimea?

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

Hahahahahaha Snowden lobs a pro-Russia propaganda softball -- and fails:

"Snowden asked Putin if Russia intercepts “the communications in any way of millions of individuals.”

“You are a former spy so we will talk one professional language,” Putin, a former officer in the former Soviet Union’s KGB intelligence agency, responded. “Our intelligence efforts are strictly regulated by our law. We have to get permission to stalk any particular person,” Putin said."

Note that Putin doesn't answer the question. It's actually the same in the US: if the NSA wants to target any PARTICULAR US citizen, they need a warrant.


Maybe next time Snowden can try asking how Putin manages to be so humble when he's perfect in every way!


jalangaya
jalangaya

Strong, stern, stalwart Vladimir Putin is a serious, sagacious statesman. He is buff, bold, & bellicose, vigorous, virile & valiant.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

@meddevguy That's just a sinecure. His real job is propaganda, like he does here. No one's going to give actual responsibility to a former Chinese spy.

namro
namro

@jalangaya He is a little twerp, possibly homosexual, and with serious psychological problems.  That's why he trys to display so much bravado.