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05-03-2011, 01:03 AM #1
Osama bin Laden and his blood-stained career
Osama Bin Laden, World's most dreaded terrorist is finally dead. But, who was Osama and what was his role in the 21st century terror?
Here is a summery of his blood-stained career.
He was one of the reported 50 children of a Saudi construction magnate.
He declared war against the US and its allies - a war that was fought in Sudan, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and even in Iraq.
A war that was carried into the heart of the United States with the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York using passenger aircraft as missiles. But bin Laden was credited with a lot else he earned his spurs in the decade long jihad against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
By 1991, he had formed al Qaeda by bringing together Muslim militants from all over the world.
In 1996 he had the Al Khobar towers in Saudi Arabia bombed and In 1998 US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam were targeted killing hundreds.
Along the way bin Laden encouraged and funded Islamic militant groups worldwide.
The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) is a key group among Al Qaida affiliated terror organisations. Although its operations in Kashmir have reduced, the same group has been linked to high profile strikes on Indian diplomatic personnel in Afghanistan.
Osama bin Laden's death ends a phase in the war on terror. The US can now be expected to turn its intelligence assets to hunting down Osama's number two, the Egyptian cleric Ayman Zawahiri. But Osama's war maybe carried on by others....being a human...
05-03-2011, 01:04 AM #2
'Osama's religious traditions should be respected'Amidst the celebrations over dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden's killing, some political figures have passed statements that they really should not be making.
Let's take a look at some...
Former ISI chief Hamid Gul has doubts about the "whole thing" because he feels that the American Central Intelligence Agency can make anything look like it is true.
He told a television channel, "The CIA has a way of creating such situations and choreographing such dramatic events. Probably, he had come for treatment or something like that, thats my hunch."
He said government figures have been saying that the operation as done in coordination with Pakistan intelligence.
"So if Pakistan intelligence was harbouring him then why would they coordinate with the American intelligence," he asked....being a human...
05-04-2011, 09:23 AM #3
Osama was unarmed when killed, says White HouseAl Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was unarmed when United States Navy commandoes shot him dead during a special operation in Pakistan though he did offer resistance, the White House said on Wednesday.
"He was not armed," White House spokesperson Jay Carney told mediapersons, but added that several other people in the building in Abbottabad had weapons and there was a "volatile firefight".
Carney read out a revised White House statement on the operation that took out the world's most wanted man at a press briefing. He said revised narrative corrects errors in the earlier statements including the claim that bin Laden used a woman as a "human shield".
"There was concern bin Laden would oppose the capture operation and indeed, he did resist," Carney said. He said bin Laden's wife, who was present at the mansion, was shot in the leg, but not killed.
"Bin Laden was then shot and killed. He was not armed," Carney said. The spokesperson also said that the picture of bin laden's body was "gruesome" and the administration was disucssing whether it should be made public.
"It is fair to say it is a gruesome photograph ... it could be inflammatory," he said. Osama was shot in the head during the special US operation. Carney also said that the major development would not affect plans to begin troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in July.
Giving a recap of the events, Carney said on orders of the US President, a small US team assaulted a secure compound in an affluent suburb of Islamabad [ Images ] to capture or kill Osama. Carney's statement was an effort by the White House to clear the confusion with regard to various statements and news reports coming on this issue in various media outlets....being a human...
05-04-2011, 09:29 AM #4
Bin Laden's neighbours noticed unusual thingsWhen a woman involved in a polio vaccine drive turned up at Osama bin Laden's hideaway, she remarked to the men behind the high walls about the expensive SUVs parked inside. The men took the vaccine, apparently to administer to the 23 children at the compound, and told her to go away.
The terror chief and his family kept well hidden behind thick walls in this northwestern hill town they shared with thousands of Pakistani soldiers. But glimpses of their life are emerging - along with deep skepticism that authorities didn't know they were there.
Although the house is large, it was unclear how three dozen people could have lived there with any degree of comfort.
Neighbours said they knew little about those inside in the compound but bin Laden apparently depended on two men who would routinely emerge to run errands or to a neighborhood gathering, such as a funeral. There were conflicting details about the men's identities. Several people said they were known as Tariq and Arshad Khan and had identified themselves as cousins from elsewhere in northwestern Pakistan. Others gave different names and believed they were brothers.
Arshad was the oldest, and both spoke multiple languages, including Pashto and Urdu, which are common here, residents said.
As Navy SEALs swept through the compound early on Monday, they handcuffed those they encountered with plastic zip ties and pressed on in pursuit of bin Laden. After killing the terror leader, his son and two others, they doubled back to move nine women and 23 children away from the compound, according to US officials.
Those survivors of the raid are now "in safe hands and being looked after in accordance to the law," the Pakistani government said in a statement. "As per policy, they will be handed over to their countries of origin." It did not elaborate....being a human...
05-04-2011, 10:04 PM #5
Obama didn't see bin-Laden die: CIA Director:WASHINGTON:
CIA Director Leon Panetta has said that US President Barack Obama did not see Osama bin Laden getting gunned down, but came to know that he was killed only after a team used the code "Geronimo," signifying his capture.
It was reported yesterday that Obama along with his high-level team had watched live coverage in the White House, as the commandos shot the world's most wanted terrorist, via a video camera fixed to the helmet of a U.S. Navy Seal.
Panetta, however, stressed that officials in the Situation Room "didn't know just exactly what was going on" on Sunday for 20 to 25 minutes when the team entered bin Laden's Pakistani compound, Politico reports.
"There were some very tense moments. But finally, Admiral William McRaven came back and said he had picked up the word 'Geronimo," he said.
Panetta also said Pakistani officials were not informed about the mission because the Obama administration feared that they could jeopardize the mission."
Earlier, Obama's counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan had claimed that Osama and others assembled in the White House to watch the live video of the combat operation that killed bin-Laden, had experienced 'one of the most anxiety-filled periods' of their lives....being a human...
05-04-2011, 10:12 PM #6
Contractor who built Osama's mansion arrestedPakistani authorities on Wednesday arrested the contractor who allegedly built the million-dollar complex where Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead during a raid by United States special forces in Abbottabad.
Gul Muhammad, who was also known as Gul Madah or Mithu Khan, was picked up from his residence near Bilal Town neighbourhood, near the garrison city of Abbottabad, where bin Laden's compound is located, TV news channels reported. Muhammad, aged between 45 and 50 years, was detained by security forces at 2:00 hours, the reports said. He hailed from Battagram district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and had been living near Abbottabad for some years.
Muhammad was believed to have been taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Security agencies were also questioning others involved in constructing the compound and providing construction materials.
Bin Laden's presence in the compound located about 800 yards from the Pakistan Military Academy, one of the country's main military training facilities, has caused embarrassment for the military and the intelligence set-up...being a human...
05-04-2011, 10:13 PM #7
Lessons India MUST learn from Osama's killingTies between the United States and Pakistan will soon be back to how they used to be before Osama bin Laden's killing. Knowing this, India should let a message radiate that we want peace with Pakistan, but we are prepared to act on our own in our own way and through our own capabilities should covert action on the ground become necessary, says security expert B Raman
At the worst, there was collusion between Pakistan's military-intelligence complex and Osama bin Laden which enabled him to live safely till May 1, 2011, at Abbotabad, the cradle of the Pakistan Army.
At the best, the military-intelligence complex was aware of his presence in Abbotabad --possibly as a privileged and protected guest of Pakistani jihadi organisations such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi -- and chose to close its eyes to it in order not to provoke OBL's jihadi allies in Pakistan.
No third explanation is available or possible for the fact of Osama having lived for many months or years in the cradle of the Army without any harm coming to him.
The US is disturbed. Even angry and has been posing tough questions to Pakistan as one could see from the media briefings of John Brennan, assistant to the President for Homeland Security, on May 2....being a human...
05-04-2011, 10:22 PM #8
Why Osama's death is not good news for IndiaThe Americans are rejoicing that the man behind the September 11 terror attacks is eventually dead. It is a shot in the arm for US President Barack Obama and boosts his ratings in the run up to re-election for president, for which he has announced his candidature.
The Indians are thumping the desks as if to say: we told you that Pakistan supports terror! They will now plead with the world to pressurise Pakistan to dismantle its terror network and stop using terror as an instrument of state policy against India.
The Indian government is unwilling to fight her own battles but will now equate 9/11 with her own 26/11 attacks on Mumbai and ask Pakistan to convict/extradite those responsible for the Mumbai attacks....being a human...
05-04-2011, 10:28 PM #9
Hizbul Mujahedeen owned Abbottabad house, says Canadian media
Hizbul Mujahedeen, a militant group active in Kashmir, owned the $1 million mansion in Abbottabad where Osama bin Laden was killed by United States forces, a Canadian newspaper has reported, claiming that Pakistan is trying to hush up the issue of ownership.
There are indications emerging that the terror mastermind was sheltered by one of the militant groups that has enjoyed tolerance, if not support, from Pakistani military intelligence services, Globe and Mail reported from Islamabad .
The paper quoted a Pakistani police officer familiar with bin Laden's compound to say that the mansion was used by Hizbul Mujahedeen. The group's chief Syed Salahuddin is based in PoK capital Muzaffarabad and has been accused of terror acts and fomenting trouble in Jammu and Kashmir ....being a human...
05-05-2011, 07:02 AM #10
Its official: Obama won't release Osama picturesPictures of Osama bin Laden's dead body will not be released, United States President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, according to CBS news. Obama said in an interview that he would not release the post-mortem images of bin Laden taken to prove his death, the news outlet said in a statement.
The interview would be telecast on Sunday. Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta had said on Tuesday that the pictures were "gruesome" and a final decision on whether to release them would be taken by the White House.
"The bottom line is that, you know, we got bin Laden and I think we have to reveal to the rest of the world the fact that we were able to get him and kill him," Panetta said in an interview with Nightly News.
However several lawmakers spoke against the release of the pictures. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said releasing the pictures may make the job of US troops serving in places like Iraq and Afghanistan harder.
"The risks of release outweigh the benefits," he said. "Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East," he said in a statement....being a human...
05-05-2011, 06:44 PM #11
05-06-2011, 01:20 AM #12
Pak warns India against Abbottabad-like actionPakistan army and the government on Thursday reacted sharply warning India against any Abbottabad-like "misadventure", saying it would be responded to "very strongly" that could lead to a "terrible catastrophe".
The warning came after a meeting of the Corps Commanders chaired by Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, which decided to reduce the level of US military personnel in Pakistan and threatened to review intelligence cooperation with it, if a repeat of "violation of sovereignty" like on Monday occurred.
Reacting to statements by Army Chief Gen VK Singh and Air Chief Air Marshal PV Naik that India has the capacity to carry out an operation similar to US forces eliminating Osama bin Laden, first Pakistan Foreign Secretary told a press conference that any country that attempts to "mimic" the unilateral act of the US will find it has made a "basic miscalculation".
"We see a lot of bravado in our own region. There have been statements that have come from across (the border), by senior people from the military and air force, which state that this can be repeated.
"We feel that sort of misadventure or miscalculation would result in a terrible catastrophe," he said in his opening remarks.
Later, the military issued a statement after the Corps Commanders meeting, saying, "The forum, taking serious note of the assertions made by Indian military leadership about conducting similar operations, made it very clear that any misadventure of this kind will be responded to very strongly. There should be no doubt about it."
The meeting held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi issued the warning after reviewing the operation in which bin Laden was killed on Monday.
Referring to the US raid, Kayani "made it very clear that any similar action, violating the sovereignty of Pakistan, will warrant a review on the level of military (and) intelligence cooperation with the United States."
The Corps Commanders were also informed about a decision "to reduce the strength of US military personnel in Pakistan to the minimum essential." The statement did not say how many US military personnel would be asked to leave Pakistan....being a human...
05-06-2011, 01:21 AM #13
Stealth choppers used exclusively for Osama hunt!
United States elite Navy SEALs team used top secret, never-before-seen stealth helicopters to swoop down on an unsuspecting Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad safe haven and shoot him dead.
One of the secret choppers was disabled during the raid by the SEALs, blowing it up in an apparent bid to ensure that the forntline technology did not fall into non-US hands, US media reports said.
The secret choppers have been kept under wraps by Pentagon and their use for the key mission suggests that the American military planners did not want to take any chances in the high-risk raid.
Pentagon officials are still keeping mum on whether or not stealth choppers were used, but ABC News citing American aviators said that photos of what survived the explosion has sent military analysts buzzing about a stealth helicopter programme that was only rumoured to exist....being a human...
05-06-2011, 10:20 AM #14
Pakistan army warns US not to stage more raidsPakistan's army broke its silence on Thursday over the US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, acknowledging its own "shortcomings" in efforts to find the al Qaeda leader but threatening to review cooperation with Washington if there is another similar violation of Pakistani sovereignty.
The tough-sounding statement was a sign of the anger in the army. It also appeared aimed at appeasing politicians, the public and the media in the country over what's viewed by many here as a national humiliation delivered by a deeply unpopular America.
While international concerns are centered on suspicions that elements of the security forces sheltered bin Laden, most Pakistani's seem more upset that uninvited American soldiers flew into the country, landed on the ground and launched an attack on a house - and that the army was unaware and unable to stop them. That it happened in an army town, next door to a military academy and close to the capital has added to the embarrassment.
Ties between the two countries were already strained before the raid because of American allegations that Islamabad was failing to crack down on Afghan Taliban factions sheltering on Pakistani soil. Pakistan was angered over stepped-up US drone strikes and the case of Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor who killed two Pakistanis in January.
While US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Washington would continue engaging with Pakistan, the fallout from Monday's raid has added a new layer of tensions to a relationship that is crucial to stabilizing Afghanistan and allowing American troops to begin withdrawing this year....being a human...
05-06-2011, 10:21 AM #15
Osama hunt: This is what US taxpayers paidWhile America promised a reward of $5 million in 1998 to anyone who captured al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, little did it realize that the price it would pay to nab or kill him could run into hundreds of billions of dollars.
Even when America takes the credit for killing one of the world's most wanted terrorist, the cost of the operation will remain a heavy burden on its economy.
Can the United States really rejoice over this victory?
Osama's death may be the end of one enemy, but its current biggest enemy -- the burgeoning fiscal deficit -- will continue to haunt Americans.
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05-06-2011, 10:09 PM #16
Osama's secret: How to keep 3 wives, 13 kids happyA senior security expert in Islamabad told rediff.com that the police officers who interrogated Osama's 12-year-old daughter and his three wives are marvelling at Osama's ability to manage such a large family so harmoniously under one roof even while hiding from the world and its best spy agencies.
Although there is no official confirmation, the Pakistan police believes that there were four families living in that mansion in Abbottabad. The police has found four sets of gas connections and four sets of electricity meters.
His Yemeni wife, Amal Ahmed Abdel Fatteh, says that bin Laden rarely came out of his private corner inside his bedroom during the day, and was almost obsessive about it.
Visitors rarely came calling and whenever they did they -- always -- came to see him at night.
Osama was also reading all the time. The police has found many books, including by well-known American authors.
His life inside the three-storeyed mansion was simple. In fact, the house of Osama was not even a mansion, says the police, it was done up simply.
It is also emerging that his three wives were living under one roof without the world knowing about it.
The Pakistan police says, "One wonders how he maintained them without any domestic quarrels?"
A senior journalist says Pakistani families are not talking about Osama's death but they sure are talking about life inside 'that house' in Abbottabad.
The Pakistan police has found four sets of kitchen and cutlery under one roof.
Osama's Yemeni wife says their life in the mansion was very simple and structured.
All the three wives of Osama were involved in teaching 11 boys and two girls at different times. Osama would also take a class every day to give the final sermon.
They ate simple food. The children would be taken out to the cutlery store opposite their house to buy a few sweets.
Osama's Yemeni wife says that inside the house, in the daytime, a classroom-type of atmosphere prevailed because so many children were studying all the time. The children speak various languages. Some speak Pushtu, some Arabic, and Osama's 12-year-old girl is fluent in English....being a human...
05-06-2011, 10:11 PM #17
Osama episode: That incompetent feeling in PakForeign Secretary Salman Bashir's candid admission at his rather tormentful press conference on May 5, stressing that his primary aim was to urge the Pakistani people not to feel depressed, underlines the irony of a professional career diplomat having to contain the damage after habitually kowtowing to crucial national security decisions made by the military establishment.
Even as details of the effortless operation by a foreign country's special commandos to take out a longstanding High Value Target seep in, including evasion of air defence radars by low flying helicopters (which came in from Bagram), execution within 40 minutes of a well rehearsed, systematic ground clearance operation at the premises, destruction of a defective helicopter and a smooth getaway with the HVT's body, unconvincing claims are now being made of scrambling of PAF aircraft (2 F-16s as per the Foreign Secretary) and deployment of other security forces from nearby institutional locations....being a human...
05-06-2011, 10:18 PM #18
How a brave pilot saved raidAn elite Army unit called the Task Force 160 is being credited with effectively flying in and flying out the Navy Seals team 6 that was involved in the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
In particular, one Black Hawk helicopter pilot may have been the difference between success and failure, CBS News reports.
The Seals were about to fast rope into the courtyard in front of bin Laden's house when the Black Hawk lost lift. Imagine what would have happened if it had crashed into the courtyard with all Seals still aboard.
An ex-soldier Chris Marvin has said the pilot had the talent and skill to land the aircraft safely and let everybody off without injuries.
The pilot nudged the Blackhawk forward into a controlled crash, but sheered off its tail section. The Seals were able to continue with their mission and, before they left, blew up as much of the Blackhawk as they could but had to leave the tail section intact....being a human...
05-06-2011, 10:19 PM #19
Osama's death brings some sense of closure: ObamaOsama bin Laden's killing by American special forces shows the US' unfailing commitment to bring terrorists to justice, President Barack Obama said during an emotional visit to the Ground Zero in New York to provide some closure to families of the victims of 9/11 attacks.
Days after bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad near the Pakistani capital Islamabad, Obama, who made his first visit to Ground Zero on Thursday night since becoming President, told a crew of fire fighters that lost 15 members during 9/11 attacks that the Al Qaeda chief's death was a string message both to the world and to Americans.
"When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say," he said at a stop before laying a wreath at the site of the terror attack....being a human...
05-06-2011, 10:20 PM #20
Pak to demolish Osama's Abbottabad compoundThe Abbottabad compound, used by Osama bin Laden as a safe house till US commandos shot him dead, will be demolished soon by Pakistani security agencies so that it does not become a "sacred building for jihadis".
The compound, located about 800 yards from the Pakistan Military Academy, has been sealed by the army to gather any information that was left after a US special forces team raided it on Monday and killed the world's most wanted terrorist.
"Like we have done in the past, we will also raze to the ground this building so that it should not become a sacred building for the jihadis," an unnamed source from a security agency was quoted as saying by 'The News' daily on Friday.
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