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CIA Toyed With Idea Of Bin Laden Devil Doll
The CIA once considered employing a different kind of weapon in its war on terror: a devil-like Osama bin Laden action figurine.
The plan was said to have been devised in 2005, when the terror mastermind was still America's most wanted man.
The 30cm (12in) dolls featured traditional garb and had faces painted with dissolving material that would peel off and show a demon-like red complexion with black marks and green eyes.
The idea behind the project, code-named Devil Eyes, was to turn children away from bin Laden and counter his influence.
The CIA turned to the maker of the popular GI Joe toys and a veteran in the business, Donald Levine, according to a Washington Post report.
Prototypes were created in 2006 - all made in China - but the doll never did make it on toy store shelves as the CIA decided to abandon the plan.
"To our knowledge, there were only three individual action figures ever created, and these were merely to show what a final product might look like," CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani told the Post.
"After being presented with these examples, the CIA declined to pursue this idea and did not produce or distribute any of these action figures.
"Furthermore, CIA has no knowledge of these action figures being produced or distributed by others."
Bin Laden was killed in 2011 in a US raid by Navy Seals on Abbottabad, Pakistan.