Pentagon: US has questioned bin Laden widows

May 13, 2011 10:12:16 AM PDT
The Pentagon says the U.S. government has questioned three of Osama bin Laden's widows in Pakistan.

They survived a Navy SEAL raid that killed bin Laden and were taken into Pakistani custody. The White House has said it was important that the U.S. be allowed to interview them. The women could provide information about bin Laden's life in his compound.

But the Islamic practice of segregating women from men means the wives probably would not have been present for meetings or discussions about al-Qaida operations.

Still, with bin Laden's trusted couriers dead, the women could offer rare details about the world's most wanted terrorist.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan would not discuss what was said during the questioning or whether the interviews will continue.