DUBAI - Osama bin Laden led a frugal life, spending all his personal wealth on attacks against the West and serving his guests good food, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video posted online on Sunday.
In the half-hour tape titled "Days with the imam, Part Two" a bespectacled Zawahiri, who took up the reins of al-Qaida after bin Laden's killing just over a year ago, fondly recalled his predecessor's meager comforts.
"When you entered his house you would be surprised. It was a very simple house, with some wooden beds and plastic coverings and very little furniture," said Zawahri, wearing a white turban and speaking conversationally.
"If the Sheikh invited us to his house, he would give us what he had in the way of bread, vegetables, rice - whatever was available he would give us."