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May 2 operation: Book claims ISI colonel helped US track OBL down

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  1. PK787

    PK787 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    American journalist Richard Miniter has claimed in his latest book that an officer of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) helped the CIA track down Osama Bin Laden and that army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani may have been informed of the Abbottabad raid five months in advance.
    The book titled ‘Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him’, alleges that the ISI officer had walked into the CIA’s Islamabad station in August 2010 and provided vital help in tracing Bin Laden.
    “In a never-before-reported account, Pakistan was more involved in the Bin Laden operation than Obama’s team admitted. When the CIA revealed that an ISI colonel had contacted the CIA in Islamabad and offered information about Bin Laden, a debate followed,†said the book.
    “Was this a secret sign that the head of the ISI himself was pointing out Bin Laden’s hiding place or was the colonel actually the patriot who hated extremism that he claimed to be? Whatever the motivation, the CIA found Bin Laden’s hiding place within a month of the colonel’s visit,†the book claims.
    According to the book, as the CIA found the Abbottabad compound where Bin Laden lived along with his family and started researching on the property, they found out that the land was “carved out†from the Pakistan Military Academy compound.
    “Pakistan Army’s chief of staff may have been briefed in December 2010, five months before the nighttime raid on Bin Laden’s concrete castle,†the Press Trust of India quoted the book as saying. “No concrete facts about the operation were passed on, but an informal approval was sought.â€
    “Far from taking a risk, there are indications that a cover story had been developed with the Pakistani military and that Obama had their tacit consent for the mission,†claims Miniter, a former reporter with The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
    Officials from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) were not immediately available for comments.
    May 2 operation: Book claims ISI colonel helped US track OBL down – The Express Tribune
    some hearts would be left broken :woot:
     
  2. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    The full story

    Book claims Osama’s hideout carved out of Pak military academy

    In a fresh damning disclosure, a new book has claimed that Abbottabad house where al-Qaeda chief lived was “carved outâ€￾ from Pakistan Military Academy compound and its powerful army chief may have been briefed beforehand on the ‘kill Osama mission’

    ’Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him’, penned by eminent American journalist Richard Miniter, which has hit the stands, claims that land of the Abbottabad compound, where Osama bin Laden lived with his family, was “carved outâ€￾ from the elite military academy compound.

    The book also claims that army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani may have been briefed by the US on its operation to kill bin Laden, some five months in advance.

    “Pakistan’s Army chief of staff may have been briefed in December 2010, five months before the night-time raid on bin Laden’s concrete castle. Far from taking a risk, there are indications that a cover story had been developed with the Pakistani military and that (Barack) Obama had their tacit consent for the mission,â€￾ claims Miniter, a former reporter with ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and ‘The Washington Post’

    Bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs inside his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011.

    The book also says a colonel in the Pakistan’s spy agency ISI had provided vital help to the CIA in tracing bin Laden.

    “A colonel in Pakistan’s feared intelligence service, the Inter-Services Institute or ISI, provided vital help in locating Bin Laden when he walked into the CIA’s Islamabad station in August 2010,â€￾ says the book.

    “In a never-before-reported account, Pakistan was more involved in the bin Laden operation than Obama’s team admitted. When the CIA revealed that an ISI colonel had contacted the CIA in Islamabad and offered information about bin Laden, a debate followed,â€￾ it says.


    “Was this a secret sign that the head of the ISI himself was pointing out bin Laden’s hiding place or was the colonel actually the patriot who hated extremism that he claimed to be? Whatever the motivation, the CIA found bin Laden’s hiding place within a month of the colonel’s visit,â€￾ the book claims.

    “There was talk about devising a cover story that would allow Pakistan to be helpful while keeping its leaders from political harm. The story, according to an official with second-hand knowledge of the White House discussion, was that bin Laden was killed in a drone strike and that the US later sent in a team to recover the body. That was believed to be less politically harmful than a commando team treading on Pakistan’s soil,â€￾ Minter says.

    “According to this official, Pakistan’s Army chief of staff was alerted in December 2010, months before the operation. No concrete facts about the operation were passed on, but an informal approval was sought,â€￾ he writes.

    “When the SEAL helicopter crashed into bin Laden’s compound, the cover story was abandoned,â€￾ the official said.

    The story could not be independently confirmed, but it has the virtue of explaining why the Obama administration did not press to end military aid to Pakistan when bin Laden was found eight hundred yards from its officer training facility,â€￾ Minter wrote.

    According to the book, as the CIA found the Abbottabad compound where bin Laden lived along with his family members and started researching on the property, they found out that the land was carved out from the military academy compound.

    “The records held another surprise. The land for the bin Laden lair seemed to have been carved out of property owned by the Kakul Military Academy, Pakistan’s answer to Sandhurst and West Point,â€￾ Miniter claimed.

    “The bin Laden compound was akin to an isosceles triangle, carved out of the property of the Kakul Military Academy, Pakistan’s West Point. The campus’s main building sat some eight hundred yards from bin Laden’s castle.

    “The triangular compound was bordered with concrete walls ranging in height from ten to eighteen feet. The main building, a three-story tower, housed the arch terrorist, his wives, and their children,â€￾ he wrote.

    According to the book it was on March 14, 2011 during a situation room meeting that President Obama decided that Pakistan “should be kept in darkâ€￾ while America made its plans.


    The Hindu : News / International : Book claims Osama
     
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  3. PK787

    PK787 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    thanks for the link, interesting indeed, knew that something sounds very suspicious
     
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    Jungibaaz Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    And the Western populous was made to believe that we are the enemy. When on American talk shows and news hours there were a lot of questions and doubts being raised about Pakistan and the ISI, why wasn't this info released?

    Guys, this is nothing to be happy about.

    yet again we are made the enemy.
     
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    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    If true I assume he will go to prison for life like the doctor.
     
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    nevermind....
     
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    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    I was talking about the Pakistan colonel.
     
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    why would he go to prison? he worked for ISI.
     
  9. smestarz

    smestarz Lt. Colonel REGISTERED

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    Lets wait for Wikileaks :dumbhorse:
     
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    conspiracy against pak army
     
  11. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    This PA Col is already in America and has bcum an american citizen with US$50 million in his bank account.
     
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    intelligent man, bechara doctor mara gaya in jail
     
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