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Bin Laden's son 'was invited' to White House by George W Bush

Omar bin Laden – son of the wanted terrorist – has claimed that he was asked to visit the White House in 2009 to help the US authorities track down his father.

Omar Osama bin Laden in 2008.
Omar Osama bin Laden in 2008.
Image: Nasser Nasser/AP/Press Association Images

ONE OF OSAMA bin Laden’s sons claims he was invited to the White House by George W Bush in January 2009 in order for him to help the US authorities track down his father.

Omar bin Laden, 29, told the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia: “They invited me to accompany them to the White House, offered to defend, help and protect me, on the condition that I helped them find my father”.

Although Omar admitted that he has had no contact with his father for almost a decade, he refused the alleged request: “I told them I was sorry but it wasn’t something I could do. He is my father and I am his son, and as is the way the son must love and respect his father – even if in many cases a man may be against the ideas of his father.”

Omar has said that he denounced violence and left his father’s compound in Afghanistan before the 11 September attacks. He married a British woman in 2007 but the couple have since separated, reports the Telegraph.

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