Friday, July 12, 2013

There Was CIA Ground Support for Osama Raid


There Was CIA Ground Support for Osama Raid: Report

Islamabad | Jul 11, 2013


In a new revelation, it has now emerged that some CIA operatives might have

been on the ground around Osama bin Laden's house during the 38-minute raid

in which the world's most dreaded terrorist was killed in Abbottabad.


As per the Pakistan Army Board of Enquiry, which deposed before the

Abbottabad Commission, the US stealth helicopters were probably guided by

ground operators who were already in place around bin Laden's compound.


"In this regard there were reports of 'suspicious activities' indicating CIA

ground support for the planning and implementation of the raid," said the

Commission report, leaked by Al Jazeera channel.


"These included the cutting down of trees to clear the approach of the

helicopters, the hiring of a house in the vicinity of the OBL compound by

supposed USAID employees, and the movement of four to five Prado/Land

Cruisers from the US Embassy in Islamabad towards Peshawar/Abbottabad," the

report said.


"The US embassy personnel coming from Islamabad and seen headed towards

Abbottabad may have been CIA agents to assist the helicopters," the

Commission report added.


In a separate section, dealing with the question about the possibility of

CIA network on the ground supporting the raid, the report said, "There were

in all probability a fairly extensive network. One network would have been

for the location of OBL's hideout, and another would be to confirm whether

or not he was actually hiding there".


It added that there was "almost certainly also a subsequent and separate

network of CIA personnel, recruits and possibly unwitting Pakistani

accomplices to facilitate the killing itself".


The Commission report also said the vehicles that emerged from the US

Embassy in Islamabad on the evening before the raid and were seen heading in

the direction of Abbottabad with later reports of similar vehicles seen near

Osama's compound "lends further credibility to this supposition".


It noted that there were reports of the community being told a day before to

stay indoors and of school children not going to school.


"The cutting of trees...According to some was meant to facilitate the

approach of helicopters," the report said.


"Why were the trees cut and who cut them? Was there a safe house? Who kept

the public from entering the house when the helicopter crash landed etc?


"All this once again added up to a major intelligence failure to develop

adequate information regarding the CIA network of support, which certainly

existed, both before and during the incident," the report said.


Another puzzling incident was the fact that the power was cut before the

raid began and came on only during mid-way of the operation.


It added that the ISI failed to disclose specific details of extent and

nature of the CIA networks that "were in place for the location and killing

of OBL, the existence of these networks is not in doubt".


"The DG ISI frankly told the Commission that Pakistan had become 'too weak'

and dependent on the US to take necessary actions to defend itself against

US policies," it said.



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