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Three Osama Bin Laden Wives in Pakistani Custody

ABC News Radio Graphic/Photo by CNN via Getty Images(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) -- Pakistani intelligence agents are interrogating three women -- all wives of Osama bin Laden -- who were captured during the U.S.-led raid on Sunday.

The wives, including the youngest, 29-year-old Yemeni Amal Ahmed Abdul Fatah, were all living with bin Laden inside the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

According to one of the women, bin Laden confined himself to two rooms in the house, including the bedroom where he was killed. He never left those rooms, she claims, for the five years he was hiding there.

Officials also have in custody bin Laden's 13-year-old daughter, who saw her father killed "in front of her eyes," a senior Pakistani security official told ABC News in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

They are also questioning six or seven other children who were captured in the raid.

The reports come as relations between the United States and Pakistan grow increasingly tense. The U.S. intelligence community kept Pakistani officials in the dark until after the top-secret mission to hunt down bin Laden was finished, worried that the information could leak.

The Pakistani army has suffered a major blow to its credibility -- at home for its inability to detect U.S. planes in its airspace through the 40-minute mission, and abroad for not finding bin Laden, who was hiding only steps away from one of the country's top military academies.

In his first public statement since the operation, Pakistan's army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Thursday warned that "violating the sovereignty of Pakistan will warrant a review on the level of military/intelligence cooperation with the United States."

He also said that U.S. military personnel in Pakistan would be reduced to the "minimum essential."

There are currently about 100 U.S. troops in Pakistan.

This is not the first time Pakistan has threatened to cut U.S. forces on the ground. A report published a month ago, following the case of CIA contractor Raymond Davis who allegedly shot and killed two Pakistani men, stated that Pakistanis wanted to cut the U.S. trainer force by 30 percent.

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The Young Wife Who Defended Osama Bin Laden

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The woman who the White House said charged U.S. Navy SEALs in an apparent desperate last ditch effort to protect Osama bin Laden has been identified as bin Laden's youngest wife, a woman nearly half his age.

The woman, identified by a passport found inside the al Qaeda leader's compound as 29-year-old Amal Ahmed Abdul Fatah, was in the room when the SEALs took the final, fateful shots at 54-year-old Osama bin Laden and was herself shot in the leg when she rushed, unarmed, at the special operators. She was treated for her wounds and is in custody in Pakistan, officials said.

Fatah, bin Laden's fifth wife and the only one left living with him in the house, had been gifted to the al Qaeda leader from a Yemeni family when she was just a teenager and later had three children with him. Of his other wives, he had divorced one and three others had moved to Syria.

To former high-ranking CIA analyst and former FBI counterterrorism official Phil Mudd, it's not surprising that she apparently was willing to risk her life for the man the U.S. has been hunting for more than a decade.

"He is, in the al Qaeda context, an honorable man and he's viewed in their context not as a terrorist but as a statesman," Mudd told ABC News. "I would be surprised if this guy would sacrifice a wife for this operation, but I'm sure she was willing to get in front of a bullet for him."

But bin Laden's children with Fatah are not his only offspring, as he was survived by at least 18 children. None of the sons, however, are in line to succeed their father for leadership of one of the most feared terror organizations in the world.

"Unlike a lot of Arab governments that are dynastic," said former White House counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke, now an ABC News consultant, "al Qaeda has not been and his sons have never played a real operational role of any significance. They did not appear to be groomed for leadership roles in al Qaeda."

During the 40-minute Navy SEAL operation that took bin Laden's life, the U.S. forces also found what one U.S. official described as the "motherlode" of intelligence in the compound.

The material, which includes more than 100 thumb drives and several cell phones, is being analyzed by U.S. intelligence officials in Washington, D.C. as well as Afghanistan and officials hope the information gleaned could help dismantle the entire al Qaeda terror network.

"After attack plans," said Clarke, "[they're looking for] the location of his deputies ... where the money is, where the money comes from, where does it live, and how big an organization is al Qaeda central these days? Is it really an organization anymore at all?"

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Osama bin Laden's Young Wife, Wounded In Raid, Identified

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan) -- Osama bin Laden's family occupied the second and third floor of a sprawling hideout in Pakistan, where one of his sons was killed and his wife was injured in the Sunday raid by U.S. Navy SEALs that took bin Laden's life.

The wife, one of five wives, was his youngest, 29-year old Amal Ahmed Abdul Fatah, identified by U.S. authorities as the woman pictured in a passport that a Pakistani TV station said was found in the compound after the raid.

Amal Ahmed was in the bedroom with bin Laden when the Navy SEALs closed in.

"Bin Laden's wife rushed the U.S. assaulter and was shot in the leg, but not killed," said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Bin Laden married Amal Ahmed when she was a teenager. She was a gift to him from a Yemeni family.

Explained Steve Coll, author of the book The Bin Ladens, "She was a very young woman by the account of the bodyguard who brought her to meet bin Laden from the tribal family that had presented her to bin Laden, presented her to bin Laden for marriage."

Over the years, bin Laden had at least 11 children with his wives.

"He married very young, first a cousin from Syria," said Coll. "Then a couple of very well-educated women from Saudi Arabia."

There are no known photographs of the other wives, and his former sister-in-law, Carmen bin Laden, told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that bin Laden did not like women to talk to him.

"What I do remember very well, you know," said Carmen Bin Laden, "was my brother-in-law was standing at the stairs of the plane. He came and I say, 'Hi,' you know, and you know, and he looked at me and he said, 'Don't talk.'"

By the time bin Laden moved to his mansion in Abbottabad he was left only with Amal Ahmed -- he had divorced one of his other wives, and three others had moved to Syria.

Amal Ahmed was said to be the youngest, the prettiest and his favorite. In fact, he had divorced one of his older wives to marry her and comply with Islamic law, which limits the number of wives to four.

Amal Ahmed's injuries are not considered serious and U.S. officials say she is now in Pakistani custody.

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Osama Bin Laden Unarmed When Killed, White House Says

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Osama bin Laden was not armed when he was shot and killed by U.S. Navy SEALs during a daring raid on his compound in Pakistan, the White House said today.

"We were prepared to capture him if that was possible," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. But even though bin Laden was not carrying a weapon, Carney said he had "resisted" and several people in the compound were armed and firing at the American special operators.

"Resistance does not require a firearm," Carney said.

When the SEALs entered the room in which bin Laden was hiding, his wife charged them and was shot in the leg, Carney said. Bin Laden was then shot in the chest and head.

"U.S. personnel on the ground handled themselves with the utmost professionalism," he said. "[Bin Laden] was killed in an operation because of the resistance they met."

The decision to kill, rather than capture, came from commanders on the ground, Carney said.

Officials initially said that bin Laden had been among several people in the compound who took up arms and engaged in a firefight with the SEALs.

President Obama's counterterror chief John Brennan also initially said that bin Laden used one of his wives as a human shield and the woman was killed in the gun battle. That has turned out to be incorrect and officials attributed the mistake to the confusion that usually accompanies a fast-moving gun battle, or "the fog of war."

In a photograph released by the White House, the President and his top advisors – including a visibly tense Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – are shown watching a screen very intently in the White House Situation Room. What was on the screen at the time is not clear, but CIA Director Leon Panetta told the Public Broadcasting Service that Obama was not watching the Navy SEALs helmet-cam footage that showed the shots that took Osama down.

Like the White House's Situation Room, screens in both the Pentagon and the CIA were showing real-time footage of the compound – possibly footage from a circling drone -- creating not one, but three incredibly tense rooms in the highest echelons of U.S. security.

The operation began when two U.S. helicopters flew in low from Afghanistan and swept into the compound where bin Laden was thought to be hiding late Sunday night Pakistan time, or Sunday afternoon Washington time.

Two teams of SEALs slid down fast-ropes from the helicopters as soon as they were in position and stormed the compound. One of the helicopters stalled and made a hard landing just outside the walled compound before the SEALs stormed in. The Navy SEAL team on this mission was supported by helicopter pilots from the 160th Special Ops Air Regiment, part of the Joint Special Operations Command.

After what Carney called a "volatile" firefight, the SEALs killed bin Laden and at least four others with him. The SEALs alerted the White House through the cryptic phrase "Geronimo-E KIA" code. "E" stood for enemy and "KIA" for killed in action.

"Once those teams went into the compound, I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes that we really didn't know just exactly what was going on. There were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information. But finally Adm. [William] McRaven came back and said he had picked up the word 'Geronimo,' which was the code word that represented they got bin Laden," Panetta told PBS.

The SEALs words, however, were not sufficient proof that the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks was finally dead. As the evidence piled up -- verbal ID, face recognition analysis and DNA matches -- the White House debate continued.

Obama ended the discussion with a terse, "We got him."

Before they left, the SEALs gathered a trove of evidence from among bin Laden's personal possessions, from computer hard drives to CDs and papers. U.S. intelligence analysts are expected to pour over the information in coming days, hoping to turn information kept by the al Qaeda leader against the entire terror network.

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Bachelor President Seeks Slim Wife, Not One 'Like This'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- The president of Botswana is looking for a wife, but overweight women need not apply.

President Ian Khama, a retired general, is also one of Africa's most eligible bachelors. Elected in 2009, the 57-year-old's single status has become a national concern. Marriage and family are extremely valued in the southern African country.

Khama claims his schedule has prevented him from finding a wife, but says he has dispatched aides to find a suitable mate. His top requirement? She must be tall and slim -- in a country known for short, heavy-set women.

At a recent political party meeting he pointed to a woman and said, "I don't want one like this one. She may fail to pass through the door, breaking furniture with her heavy weight and even break the vehicle's shock absorbers."

The crowd reportedly laughed, but critics have called for the president to withdraw the comments, calling them sexist. Khama's supporters say it only proves the bachelor president still has a wicked sense of humor.

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