— The Erimtan Angle —

The Iranian state-sponsored broadcaster Press TV reports that an alleged ‘former agent of the CIA has revealed that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died of natural causes five years before the US announced his death. In an interview with Russia’s Channel One, Berkan Yashar, who is also a Turkish politician, said theUS has not killed the al-Qaeda leader’.

Who is this agent claiming to know what really happened to the U.S.enemy of the state # 1???  A reporter at the Kavkaz Center, Amir Kashirov had this to say: “Berkan Yasar (AKA “Abubakar”), [a] baldish unsuccessful journalist [who now] turns out to be a CIA agent! Pretty tough! In reality, in the midst of the Chechen diaspora in Turkey that “agent” is known as a usual scam artist”.[1]  Turkish nationalists are unusually fond of the Chechen resistance, claiming ethnic affinities as well as a shared devotion to the religion of Islam. Now this scam artist has found another way to exploit the gullible for financial gain. Last month, the British-Turkish translator and journalist Haluk Demirbağ did a piece on the Chechen and his new claims: “Osama bin Laden died a natural death nearly 5 years before it was announced that he was eliminated by the American commandos. This sensational statement was made by a Turkish politician, and a former U.S. intelligence agent [or rather con artist and fraud by the name of Berkan Yaşar]. In an interview with Russia’s Channel One, he said that the Americans simply found and opened the tomb of the leader of al-Qaeda. The journalists of Channel One first met this man in 2008. At the time he was featured in the documentary “Plan Caucasus,” talking about the attempts of the western intelligence services in the early 1990′s to separate the Northern Caucasus and, in particular, Chechnya from Russia”.[2]

Demirbağ expands on his contention by divulging that “Berkan Yashar is now a Turkish politician ,’ (though) Chechen by nationality], but in [the 1990’s] he was one of the ideologists of Johar Dudayev. He asked for a meeting, promising to tell the truth about the death of Osama bin Laden whom he met in the early 90-ies in Chechnya”.[3]

In Turkey, conspiracy theorists and charlatans are quasi-ubiquitous, hence my surprise reading that Demirbağ apparently takes this Chechen opportunist seriously . . . Mister Yaşar appears to have made the following statement: “In September of 1992 I was in Chechnya, that’s when I first met the man whose name was Bin Laden. This meeting took place in a two-story house in the city of Grozny; on the top floor was a family of Gamsakhurdia, the Georgian president, who then was kicked out of his country. We met on the bottom floor; Osama lived in the same building” and with regard to the above-mentioned spectacular claim, he continues that “[e]ven if the entire world believed [that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Forces] I could not possibly believe it. I personally know the Chechens who protected him, they are Sami, Mahmood, and Ayub, and they were with him until the very end. I remember that day very well, there were three sixes in it: 26 June 2006. These people, as well as two others from Londonand two Americans, all seven of them, saw him dead. He was very ill, he was skin and bones, very thin, and they washed him and buried him”.[4]

 Like all Turkish intellectuals and public figures, this Chechen scam artist turns out to be a total megalomaniac, as explained by Demirbağ: “Berkan explained why he informed the journalists of Channel One: he feared for his life. According to him, only wide publicity around the world can protect him from the CIA. However, just in case, the Turkish secret services, according to him, provided him with guards and weapons”.[5]  As for the question whether or not Osama died in Abbottabad, I can only say that time will tell . . . or maybe not.


[1] Amir Kashirov, “The Caucasus Plan and Olympic Sochi” Boycott Sochi (26 September 2009. http://boycottsochi.eu/other-reasons/164-the-caucasus-plan-and-olympic-sochi.

[2] Haluk Demirbağ, “Former CIA Agent Claims Americans Did Not Kill bin Laden” Turkish News (18 March 2012). http://www.turkishnews.com/en/content/2012/03/18/former-cia-agent-claims-americans-did-not-kill-bin-laden/.

[3] Haluk Demirbağ, “Former CIA Agent Claims Americans Did Not Kill bin Laden”.

[4] Haluk Demirbağ, “Former CIA Agent Claims Americans Did Not Kill bin Laden”.

[5] Haluk Demirbağ, “Former CIA Agent Claims Americans Did Not Kill bin Laden”.

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