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US killed bin Laden for political means: President

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 16, IRNA -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said late Sunday that according to accurate information the former head of the terrorist al-Qaeda organization, Osama bin Laden, was held by the US troops before they killed and they gradually made him sick.

'In fact, bin Laden was killed by the American troops for political reasons,' he said in an exclusive interview with IRIB's channel two television.

President Ahmadinejad noted that the killing of bin Laden had to do with the presidential campaign of the incumbent US President Barack Obama and ensuring his victory in the upcoming US presidential elections.

'The US is looking for someone to replace bin Laden in the region. Such efforts will continue until US accomplishes its mission in the region,' he added.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30387448

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