U.S. officials believe that 27-year-old Saad bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s “eldest” son, was killed by a Hellfire missile fired from a U.S. Predator drone.
A date for the fatal meet-up of Saad and the Hellfire missile is not given – just “sometime this year.”
Said to have been under “house arrest” in Iran, Saad was evidently freed by Iran in late 2008. Military officials say Saad was not important enough to have targeted: he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It’s not likely that dad was in the same area with Saad:
The Arab diplomat who spoke to CBS News said it was unlikely that the younger bin Laden was “anywhere near his father.”
He (Osama bin Laden) has kept himself far away from his clan,” the diplomat said. “That’s one reason why he is able to move at very short notice: Imagine going around with 19 kids following you.”