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Bin Laden alive? To debunk latest myth, White House near release of photo.

The US had reasons to bury Osama bin Laden at sea. But now conspiracy theories are cropping up that he is not dead, adding to domestic pressure on the US to release a photo of his body.

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The decision to quickly bury Osama bin Laden at sea was made for two overriding reasons: to avoid a burial site on land becoming a shrine while demonstrating respect for Muslim burial customs.

But now the inability of the United States to produce a body is raising doubts around the world about the death of Al Qaeda’s leader. At the same time, interested parties ranging from members of Congress to family members of 9/11 victims are calling for a release of photos the US military possesses of Mr. bin Laden’s body to allow for a sense of closure.

As a result, a White House that only last week was grappling with whether or not to release President Obama’s birth certificate to quell stubborn doubts about his birthplace now appears on the verge of releasing photos – pictures White House officials admit are “gruesome” – to answer the Doubting Thomases who want graphic proof of bin Laden’s death.

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