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Osama or Usama?

A annoyed Anonymous Tipster writes in:

Why is FOX now saying it is “Usama” when before has stated “Osama”? Which is it really? USAma gives him USA at the beginning of his name – or – Osama is just one letter away from Obama. Is that why? C’MON FOX!!!!

Though Fox seems to be the only news source that uses this particular spelling, it is also the spelling preferred by United States intelligence agencies. The FBI’s “Most Wanted List,” now updated to reflect bin Laden’s death, has the name spelled “Usama.” The CIA’s website also spells bin Laden’s name with a “U.”

So tipster, while “Usama” may in fact put “USA” at the front of his name, Fox seems to be going along with U.S. intelligence on the spelling.

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