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  • 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...
  • Ali Zafar to shoot for 'Tere Bin Laden' sequel in August June 20, 2013

    Mumbai: Pakistani actor Ali Zafar, who debuted in Bollywood with 2010 film 'Tere Bin Laden', will be seen doing a cameo in the comic satire's sequel. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, 'Tere Bin Laden', a spoof on the 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden, featured Ali in the lead. Tentatively titled 'Tere Bin Laden...
  • Ali Zafar: I want to balance myself between work and family June 19, 2013

    Mumbai: Pakistani actor Ali Zafar doesn't believe in being overworked as he loves to spend quality time with family. "I am very happy with the kind of scripts that I am getting right now, but more than that I am happy that I am distributing a lot of time to my...
  • Al Qaeda's letter to their most difficult employee May 31, 2013

    Dakar: After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al Qaida's North African branch sent one final letter to their most difficult employee. In page after scathing page, they described how he didn't answer his phone when they called, failed to turn in his expense reports, ignored meetings...
  • US can keep Osama's photos under wraps: Court May 21, 2013

    Washington: A federal appeals court on Tuesday backed the US government's decision not to release photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden during and after a raid in which the terrorist leader was killed by US commandos. The three-judge panel of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District...
  • Can't ignore Pakistan's cooperation over a few things: Kerry April 19, 2013

    Washington: Expressing concern over the imprisonment of the Pakistani doctor who helped CIA trace Osama bin Laden, US Secretary of State John Kerry said it is wrong and angers all, but US-Pak relationship can't be determined by few things. "Dr Afridi's in jail, he shouldn't be, et cetera. We have said...
  • 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...
  • US: Osama's son-in-law to face trial in January 2014 April 11, 2013

    New York: Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, charged in New York last month with conspiring to kill American nationals, will face trial in January next year, a US judge has ruled. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith had appeared with bin Laden and his then-deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri after the 9/11 attacks and spoke on...
  • Trial of bin Laden's son-in-law set for January 2014 April 10, 2013

    New York: A federal trial for a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden accused of conspiring to kill Americans will begin in January 2014 in Manhattan, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Suleiman Abu Ghaith, who acted as an al Qaeda spokesman in videos, is one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to...
  • US: Bin Laden relative pleads not guilty in terrorism case March 9, 2013

    New York: A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden pleaded not guilty in a New York court on Friday to conspiring to kill Americans, becoming one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to face trial in the United States for crimes connected to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a...
  • Osama bin Laden's son-in-law captured: US March 8, 2013

    Washington: A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who served as al Qaeda's spokesman has been arrested and detained in Jordan in an operation led by Jordanian authorities and the FBI, US government sources said on Thursday. The sources said Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a militant who had appeared in videos representing...
  • UN deletes Osama's name from sanctions list February 27, 2013

    United Nations: Nearly two years after the killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the UN Security Council has deleted his name from its sanctions list. The powerful 15-member council, however, will continue a freeze on bin Laden's assets to prevent them from being used by others...
  • BJP calls Chuck Hagel's remarks against India 'bizarre' February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: Terming as "outlandish and bizarre" the statement of Chuck Hagel, the new US Defence Secretary, that India has financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, BJP today asked the government to exert diplomatic pressure on Washington for unconditional withdrawal of his statement. The statement given by Hagel that India has...
  • UN removes Osama bin Laden from sanctions list February 26, 2013

    United Nations: Almost two years after his death at the hands of US special forces in Pakistan, a UN Security Council committee has removed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden from its sanctions list, although an order freezing any assets of the Islamist extremist remains in place. Bin Laden had been subjected...
  • Zero Dark Thirty: Too controversial for Oscars? February 23, 2013

    Los Angeles: Just three months ago, 'Zero Dark Thirty' looked like a strong contender for the movie industry's biggest prize. But when the Oscar for Best Picture is handed out on Sunday, the thriller about the decade-long U.S. hunt for, and 2011 killing of, Osama bin Laden is unlikely to...
  • Friday Release 'Zero Dark Thirty': What to expect February 14, 2013

    Even after a relentless, decade-long pursuit that leads to the daring midnight raid of Osama bin Laden's compound, even as she unzips the body bag to verify that the bloody corpse inside is indeed that of the slain al-Qaida leader, Jessica Chastain's CIA officer character is defined primarily by her...
  • 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...
  • I shot Osama bin Laden three times, reveals US commando February 12, 2013

    Washington: Nearly two years after the daring US commando raid that killed the 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, a US Navy SEAL who pulled the trigger has recounted his role for the first time. Breaking his silence on the May 2011 raid on Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the commando...
  • Hope 'Zero Dark Thirty' will win Oscar: Manimajra residents February 12, 2013

    Chandigarh: The residents of Manimajra town here, where large parts of Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar nominated film 'Zero Dark Thirty' were shot, are hoping that the film will win the prestigious award. A bunch of residents of the place, a suburb which falls on the edge of Chandigarh on way to Panchkula,...
  • 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...
  • Obama's counterterrorism advisor defends drone strikes February 8, 2013

    Washington: CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones on February 7 under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing. On a second controversial topic, he said that after reading a classified intelligence report on harsh interrogation techniques, he does not know if waterboarding has yielded useful...
  • 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...
  • Panetta admits to use of torture in hunt for Osama February 4, 2013

    New York: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has admitted that torture and enhanced interrogation techniques were used to "put together the puzzle" that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Panetta made the candid admission, becoming the highest-ranking Obama administration official to do so, while responding to...
  • US didn't need rough interrogation to get Osama: Panetta February 4, 2013

    Washington: Leon Panetta, who as CIA director oversaw the US operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said the job could have been done without resorting to controversial interrogation methods that some have said constitute torture. The outgoing defense secretary, in remarks aired Sunday on the NBC program "Meet...
  • 'Al Qaeda continues to represent a threat to US' January 24, 2013

    Washington: Despite a relentless campaign against it, al Qaeda and its affiliates in different parts of the world continue to pose a threat to the US, the White House said on Wednesday. White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said the US effort to eliminate the threat has yielded some remarkable success...
  • Sundance documentary adds new take on hunt for Osama January 23, 2013

    Park City: The filmmaker behind an Osama bin Laden documentary at the Sundance Film Festival says the debate over the accuracy of Hollywood's take on the story detracts from the deeper moral questions involved. Greg Barker, director of 'Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden,' said criticism over Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award-nominated...
  • Zero Dark Thirty: Director defends torture scenes January 17, 2013

    Los Angeles: The director of Oscar-nominated thriller 'Zero Dark Thirty' defended the film's depiction of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, saying criticism would better be directed at the U.S. officials who ordered such policies. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Kathryn Bigelow said she personally opposed any use...