Terence P. Jeffrey
October 23, 2011
In statements delivered Friday and Saturday, President Barack Obama said it was his drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq that allowed the U.S. to “refocus” on al Qaeda and get Osama bin Laden.
However, according to a report published by the New York Times on May 3, crucial intelligence that allowed the U.S. to locate Bin Laden came from an al Qaeda operative who had been captured by U.S. forces in 2004 in Iraq.
“The drawdown in Iraq allowed us to refocus our fight against al Qaeda and achieve major victories against its leadership–including Osama bin Laden,” Obama said in a speech at the White House on Friday announcing that all U.S. troops would leave Iraq by the end of the year.
In his weekly address released Saturday, Obama repeated the assertion.
“The drawdown in Iraq allowed us to refocus on Afghanistan and achieve major victories against all Qaeda and Osama bin Laden,” said Obama.