Abbottabad

  • US panel seeks declassification review of Abbottabad documents November 22, 2013

    Washington: A key US Congressional panel has sought a declassification review of documents collected by Navy SEALs in Abbottabad, Pakistan where al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed in a daring raid in 2011. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday passed the Fiscal Year 2014 Intelligence Authorisation...
  • Shakeel Afridi to face fresh trial for aiding CIA, Lashkar-e-Islam August 29, 2013

    The 33-year jail term given to Shakeel Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track Osama Bin Laden, was overturned by a official who ordered a fresh trial on Thursday. Frontier Crimes Regulation Commissioner Sahibzada Mohammad Anees ruled that a judge in the tribal belt had exceeded his authority when...
  • Pak's obsession with India led to Osama raid: Report July 10, 2013

    Islamabad: US Navy SEALs were able to sneak into Pakistan covertly to kill Osama bin Laden because of advanced American stealth technology and the Pakistani military's obsession with India. The leaked report of the Abbottabad Commission said India remained the focus of Pakistan's military "despite a growing American threat including...
  • ISI had nothing to do with Osama's stay in Pakistan, claims report July 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The Abbottabad Commission in Pakistan has concluded that former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's nine-year-long stay in Pakistan and the May 2011 secret US raid were because of 'gross incompetence' of the state institutions. But they say that the ISI didn't know Laden was there. Pakistan's commission...
  • Osama bin Laden report accuses Pakistan of incompetence July 9, 2013

    Islamabad: Osama bin Laden was able to avoid detection and live in plain sight for almost a decade due to the incompetence and negligence of Pakistan's intelligence and security services, Pakistan's official report into his killing concluded on Monday. Following a decade-long hunt, the CIA tracked down the al Qaeda leader...
  • Pakistani Taliban willing to back polio vaccination April 13, 2013

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban has said they will back the government's polio vaccination program if they are guaranteed it will not be used to mask a US espionage campaign. "We're not opposed to any vaccination if we are convinced that the dose for polio is allowed by Islam and that espionage...
  • Operation to kill Osama was risky: Panetta February 14, 2013

    Washington: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday said the daring operation to kill Osama bin Laden at his Abbottabad safe house in Pakistan was very risky as the al- Qaeda chief's presence there was not 100 per cent confirmed. As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Panetta played a...
  • Jessica Chastain: Indians will relate to 'ZD30' February 11, 2013

    New Delhi: 'Zero Dark Thirty' has earned Jessica Chastain her second Oscar nomination in consecutive years. She was earlier nominated for 'The Help'. She plays the role of CIA agent Maya in Kathryn Bigelow's 'ZD30'. Chastain talks about her career graph and the American foreign policies that are featured in...
  • Pak plans theme park in town where Osama was killed February 6, 2013

    London: Pakistan's Abbottabad town, where al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed in a US commando operation, will soon have an amusement park built at a cost of around $30 million, a British daily said. The 500-acre development will include a zoo, heritage centre, restaurants and artificial waterfalls, The Sun...
  • Pakistan tries new way of tackling corruption February 4, 2013

    Lahore: Corruption is so pervasive in Pakistan that even Osama bin Laden had to pay a bribe to build his hideout in the northwest where he was killed by US commandos. Ordinary Pakistanis complain they have to grease officials' palms to get even the most basic things done: File a police...
  • Osama paid Rs 50,000 bribe to build Abbottabad house December 26, 2012

    Islamabad: Even the world's most wanted terrorist could not escape the bribery dragnet. Osama bin Laden's safe-house in Pakistan's garrison city Abbottabad was built after paying a bribe of Rs 50,000 to a revenue official, a media report on Wednesday said. The bribe was paid to the 'patwari' so that...
  • Osama's body was washed before being buried at sea November 22, 2012

    Washington: Internal emails among US military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony. The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but...
  • No evidence Pakistan knew Osama's location: US November 16, 2012

    Washington: There has been no evidence that Pakistan leadership knew of the presence of Osama bin Laden inside their country, a top Pentagon commander has said citing post-raid analysis of the secret operation that killed the most wanted terrorist of the world. Navy Adm William McRaven, Commander of US Special...
  • Did US choppers on Osama mission flew over India? September 13, 2012

    Washington/New Delhi: The flight path taken by two American MH-47 Chinook helicopters to Abbottabad in Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden in May 2011 has triggered a controversy with questions being raised as to whether they flew over the Indian air space. A just-published book, containing a first-hand account of the...
  • US choppers on Osama mission crossed Indian airspace? September 13, 2012

    Washington: The flight path taken by two American MH-47 Chinook helicopters to Abbottabad in Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden in May, 2011 has triggered a controversy with questions being raised as to whether they flew over the Indian air space. A just-published book, containing a first-hand account of the raid...
  • US: Navy SEAL who penned Osama book identified August 25, 2012

    Washington: The author who has ruffled feathers of many in the Pentagon and CIA by writing a tell-all insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan has been identified as a 36-year-old former Navy SEAL from Alaska. The book, 'No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the...
  • Obama cancelled 3 kill Laden missions, claims book August 21, 2012

    London: US President Barack Obama put off three times operations to kill world's most dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden before finally going ahead with the mission at the insistence of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a new book has claimed. Citing unnamed sources within the joint operations command, Rich Miniter, a...
  • Osama's Abbottabad mansion to be public property July 20, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistani authorities have taken steps to declare as government property the plot of land where Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden spent his final years before he was killed by American commandos. The government of northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has published notices in newspapers asking for objections to the land in the...
  • 'Musharraf knew Pak officer was helping Osama' July 9, 2012

    Melbourne: A Pakistani Brigadier harboured Osama bin Laden for years with the full knowledge of Pervez Musharraf at a time when the US was hunting for the elusive al Qaeda chief, former ISI head Gen Ziauddin Butt has claimed. Brigadier Ijaz Shah, a long-term close associate of former military ruler Gen...
  • Al Qaeda no 2 killed in US drone strike in Pak? June 5, 2012

    Washington/Islamabad: Al Qaeda's second-in-command Abu Yahya al-Libi, on whose head the US had put a bounty of $ 1 million, may have been killed in the latest CIA drone strike in Pakistan's lawless northwestern tribal region in which 15 militants had perished. Libi, considered the most-prominent figure in al Qaeda after...
  • Osama's wives gave little away: Pak interrogator May 26, 2012

    Islamabad: Osama bin Laden's three wives were fiercely loyal to him and gave little away when they were interrogated after the al Qaeda chief was killed in a US raid over a year ago, a Pakistani intelligence agent who questioned them said. The three women were arrested by Pakistani security forces...
  • Osama killing: Pak doc gets 33-yr jail for helping US May 23, 2012

    Peshawar: A Pakistani doctor who helped the US track down Osama bin Laden was convicted of high treason on Wednesday and sentenced to 33 years in prison, officials said, a verdict that is likely to further strain the country's relationship with Washington. Shakil Afridi ran a vaccination program for the CIA...
  • No role in Osama's stay in Pak: Gilani May 10, 2012

    London: Insisting that Pakistan had no role in providing shelter to Osama bin Laden, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has attributed presence of the slain al Qaeda leader in his country to universal intelligence failure. Gilani, who is on a five-day visit to Britain, denied in an interview to 'The Guardian'...
  • 'Osama wanted Illyas Kashmiri to target Obama' May 4, 2012

    Washington: Osama bin Laden had planned to kill US President Barack Obama and General David Petraeus, who then was the top US commander in Afghanistan, and had issued instructions to Illyas Kashmiri to set up two units to target planes carrying them. According to the documents seized from the Abbottabad safe-house...
  • Read: documents seized from Osama's compound May 3, 2012

    Some of the documents seized from the Abbottabad safe-house of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden were released by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTS) on Thursday. Osama was killed by the US forces a year ago in Pakistan. The earliest letter is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011. Following...
  • Osama wanted Illyas Kashmiri to target Obama May 3, 2012

    Washington: Osama bin Laden had planned to kill US President Barack Obama and General David Petraeus, who then was the top US commander in Afghanistan, and had issued instructions to Illyas Kashmiri to set up two units to target planes carrying them. According to the documents seized from the Abbottabad safe-house...
  • 'Osama went out not with a bang but with a whimper' May 3, 2012

    Washington: Slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who all his life boasted that he would go down fighting and would ask his bodyguards to shoot him if ever he came near Americans, offered no resistance when US commandos cornered him in his Abbottabad hideout a year ago, claims a new...
  • 'Osama offered no resistance to US commandos' May 3, 2012

    Washington: Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who all his life boasted that he would go down fighting and would ask his bodyguards to shoot him if ever he came near Americans, offered no resistance when US commandos cornered him in his Abbottabad hideout a year ago, claims a new...
  • Is Pakistan still a safe haven for groups backed by al-Qaeda? May 2, 2012

    It's been a year to the day when US Navy Seals stormed a secret compound in Pakistan and killed the world's most wanted terrorist - Osama bin Laden. ...
  • Pak destroying evidence of Osama's presence? May 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Pakistan's refusal to act against anti-US militant groups mirrors its position on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, ranging from outright denial, to obfuscation and silence. Slowly but surely it appears that Pakistan is obliterating all evidence of Osama bin Laden's presence in that country. The Abbottabad compound where the...