Monday, May 09, 2011
Killing of Osama Bin Laden - May 09, 2011
* Osama Bin Laden *
The President's Story
“Bin Laden and [Taliban leader] Mullah Omar had a very close personal relationship, and there are others in the Taliban who have felt betrayed by al-Qaida -- [they feel] it was because of al-Qaida’s attack on the United States that the Taliban got thrown out of Afghanistan,” the secretary said. “We’ll have to see what that relationship looks like.”
Officials may know in six months or so how bin Laden’s death has affected al-Qaida operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere, Gates said.
The secretary described U.S. relations in the region as complex. Using Pakistan as an example, the secretary said he would have been astounded if someone had told him two years ago that Pakistan would have 140,000 troops on its western border with Afghanistan and was going to drive the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaida from South Waziristan and the Swat Valley.
“I would have said that’s not going to happen, but it has,” he said.
Pakistan has pulled troops from its border with India and has taken thousands of casualties in the fight against the terrorists. Pakistan also allows a huge percentage of the logistics sent to troops in Afghanistan to flow across their country, Gates said.
The United States and Pakistan are firm partners in the fight against terrorism, Gates said. However, he added, the Pakistanis may be concerned that United States’ current interest in the region may diminish with time.
“At the same time there is no question that they hedge their bets,” he said of Pakistan’s leadership. “Their view is that we have abandoned them four times in the last 45 years, and they are still not sure we are going to stay in the region. They saw us leave after the Soviets were thrown out of Afghanistan in 1989 and they are not confident that we won’t leave again when we have accomplished our mission in Afghanistan.”
Pakistan and the United States have to keep working on their relationship, Gates said. At the tactical level -- across the border with Afghanistan -- the relationship is good and getting better, he said. U.S. and Pakistani forces take turns being the “hammer and anvil” with the Taliban stuck in the middle.
“I would say it is a relationship we just have to keep working at,” he said.
* Click out more with this DoD Special Report at link below...
Lots of reports, videos, photos and more at above link...
* NPR SPECIAL SERIES:
. Lots of reports, videos, photos at this link too!
* Background Briefing with Senior Intelligence Official at the Pentagon on Intelligence Aspects of the U.S. Operation Involving Osama Bin Laden
Originally posted Saturday, May 07, 2011
Click out the FULL transcript HERE.
NOTE: Above link also has the 5 Bin Laden videos for you to view or download or both!
[At the conclusion of the briefing, DVDs with the five video segments were handed out to the press corps along with the following ON THE RECORD statement from Leon E. Panetta, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: “This mission goes to the heart of what the CIA is all about: protecting America and building a better world for our children. It demonstrates the perseverance, skill, and sheer courage of the men and women who stand watch for our nation, day in and day out. And it is a model of seamless collaboration, both within the Intelligence Community and with the US military. The material found in the compound only further confirms how important it was to go after Bin Laden. Since 9/11, this is what the American people have expected of us. In this critical operation, we delivered.”]
From the CIA website I found this:
Lots of good stuff at above link so be sure to click it out...
- 60 Minutes: The President’s Story -
Killing Bin Laden:
The President's Story, Part 1
Originally Aired May 8th
In his first and only interview since the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama talks to Steve Kroft about the intelligence and preparations leading up to the operation in Pakistan.
Read more/watch the rest at link below...
President Obama on the mission to kill bin Laden .
More to come...