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14th May 2011, 01:27 AM
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CNN) -- Three of Osama bin Laden's widows have been interviewed by U.S. intelligence officers under the supervision of Pakistani's intelligence service, according to sources in both governments.

The women -- who were all interviewed together this week -- were "hostile" toward the Americans, according to a senior Pakistani government official with direct knowledge of the post-bin Laden investigation and two senior U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter. The eldest of the three widows spoke for the group.

Members of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence were in the room along with the U.S. intelligence officers, the officials said. The Americans had wanted to question the women separately to figure out inconsistencies in their stories.

All three officials said that the interview didn't yield much new information, while adding that it was early in the investigative process.

Both the senior Pakistani and senior U.S. officials said that -- despite some well-publicized strains -- there is an ongoing exchange of intelligence between the two countries.

The story was first reported Thursday night on CNN's "Anderson Cooper: 360."

The youngest of the three widows, 29-year-old Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah of Yemen, was shot in the leg early on May 2 by a small team of U.S. Navy SEALs. A U.S. official has identified the other two as Khairiah Sabar, also known as "Umm Hamza," and Siham Sabar, or "Umm Khalid."
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They were three of the al Qaeda leader's five wives, two of whom had separated from him. Together, they gave birth to at least 20 of his children, including 11 sons, one of whom was killed in this month's U.S. raid.

While the U.S. forces flew off with bin Laden's dead body, they left behind the three widows as well as several children -- some of them fathered by the al Qaeda leader -- at the housing compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Ever since, U.S. officials pressed for the right to interrogate the women. To do so, though, they had to first work through Pakistani authorities.

Some Pakistani officials have voiced anger the U.S. military mission occurred within their country's borders without Pakistan being warned. In Pakistan's granting access to the widows, that sentiment and the desire not to be seen as bending too easily to American requests was countered with a desire to smooth over relations with the United States, where there have been suggestions that someone in Pakistan may have helped harbor bin Laden.



Source: CNN