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Obama questions Pakistan over Osama bin Laden

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama pressed Pakistan on Sunday to probe how Osama bin Laden managed to live for years under the noses of its military, saying he must have had some kind of support network. But one week after an elite team of Navy SEALs killed the Al-Qaeda…

U.S. official: Bin Laden ‘no figurehead’, directed al Qaeda from Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The compound in Pakistan where U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden was an active command center from which he directed al Qaeda, a senior intelligence official said on Saturday as he released videos showing bin Laden watching himself on tape and rehearsing speeches. The official, speaking on…

Pentagon releases new Osama bin Laden videos

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Saturday released several videos seized during the Osama bin Laden raid, part of what US officials said was the largest trove of terrorism material ever collected. A senior intelligence official told reporters the material showed bin Laden had remained a key leader in…

Bin Laden ‘not compliant,’ had ‘more than one’ weapon in bedroom: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Navy SEALs who led a raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound found an AK-47 and a pistol in his room, a US official told AFP, offering more details about the operation. “He had weapons in his room, more than one,” said the official, who spoke on…

Bin Laden’s widow says they lived in Pakistani house for 5 years

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – One of Osama bin Laden’s wives told Pakistani interrogators that the al Qaeda leader and his family had been living for five years in the compound where he was killed by U.S. forces this week, a security official said on Friday. The official, who identified the woman…

Obama, Pentagon call an end to disclosures about bin Laden killing

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House on Wednesday declined to shed more light on the special forces operation that killed Osama bin Laden, a day after it was forced to correct explosive details of the undercover raid. Adjustments to the story, which began to be told late on Sunday, have…

No resistance in ‘cold-blooded’ U.S. raid: Pakistan officials

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden and his comrades offered no resistance when killed by U.S. special forces in a Pakistani town, Pakistani security officials said on Thursday. U.S. accounts of what happened have changed throughout the week, and initial characterizations of a 40-minute gun battle have given way…

Pakistan’s president hails bin Laden’s death, promises probe

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AFP) – Pakistan’s president has dismissed as “baseless” accusations that his nation extends safe haven to extremists and insisted its long-term help was crucial to the US success in gunning down Osama bin Laden. Asif Ali Zardari’s defence came after Washington warned it would probe how the Al-Qaeda…

After killing bin Laden, US grills ally Pakistan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States warned it would probe how Osama bin Laden managed to live in undetected luxury in Pakistan, as gripping details emerged about the US commando raid that killed the Al-Qaeda kingpin. Officials said DNA tests had proven conclusively that the man shot dead by US…

Bin Laden’s wife acted as human shield: US official

WASHINGTON — One of Osama bin Laden’s wives acted as a human shield in an unsuccessful bid to save the Al-Qaeda leader’s life before he was killed in a raid by US special forces, a top US official said Monday. “There was family at that compound, and there was a…

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