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Ex-envoy claims helping US kill Al Qaeda chief

Ex-envoy claims helping US kill Al Qaeda chief

Mar 13, 2017 - 13:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A former Pakistani ambassador says he had helped the Obama administration kill Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the garrison town of Abbottabad.

Husain Haqqani, then ambassador to the US, said his contacts had led to closer cooperation between Islamabad and Washington in the war on terror.

He wrote in The Washington Post his contacts eventually enabled the US to eliminate bin Laden without depending on Pakistaninfo-icon’s intelligence service, which were suspected of protecting militants.

The diplomat said his friends in the Obama campaign team, who later became National Security Council officials, asked him for help in stationing US Special Operations and intelligence personnel in Pakistan.

“Although the United States kept us officially out of the loop about the operation, these locally stationed Americans proved invaluable when Obama decided to send in Navy SEAL Team 6 without notifying Pakistan,” he added.

In November 2011, Haqqani claimed he was forced to quit as ambassador after Pakistan’s military-intelligence apparatus gained the upper hand in the country’s power struggle.

One of the complaints in the Pakistani security establishment against Haqqani was that he had facilitated the presence of many CIA agents who helped track down the Al-Qaeda head without the knowledge of Pakistan’s army.

“Unfortunately, the US did not attain victory in Afghanistaninfo-icon, and the Pakistani government’s behaviour toward militant Islamists did not change on a permanent basis. But for the period I was in office, the two nations worked jointly toward their common goals,” he wrote.



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