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Fight against syndicate of terror has not ended: Clinton

 Fight against syndicate of terror has not ended: ClintonWashington, May 5 : U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reiterated President Barack Obama's message to the world that the killing of Osama bin Laden does not mean that the global fight against terror has ended.

Addressing the National Conference of Editorial Writers here on Wednesday, Clinton described Al Qaeda as a syndicate of terror that needed to be eliminated permanently.


US troops were yards away from bin-Laden’s Pak hideout in 2008: Wikileaks

US troops were yards away from bin-Laden’s Pak hideout in 2008: WikileaksWashington, May 4: US troops were stationed just a few hundred yards from Osama Bin Laden''s Abbottabad compound in Pakistan in 2008, the whistleblower website `Wikileaks' has revealed.

The revelation that came from the Guantanamo files suggested that the US might have received the intelligence about the dreaded terrorist's presence there as early as 2008, The Guardian reports.


Bin Laden mission was a big gamble for Obama: official

Bin Laden mission was a big gamble for Obama: officialWashington, May 4: The mission that led to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden''s death was one of the toughest decisions US President Barack Obama has ever had to make, according to an official.

Obama's chief counter terrorism advisor, John Brennan, explained how difficult it was for Obama to give the go ahead on the operation that ended in hunt for Bin Laden.

He said after months of studying satellite photos of the compound, Central Intelligence Agency analysts concluded there was only a 60 to 80 percent chance bin Laden was really there.


U.S. lays stress on close defence ties with China

U.S. lays stress on close defence ties with ChinaWashington, May 4: The Pentagon has laid stress on constructive defence ties with China that will be beneficial to both countries.

United States defence official, requesting anonymity, told Xinhua, "Building a healthy, stable, reliable and continuous military to military relationship is in the interest of both countries, the region and the entire international community." He also hailed the exchange visits of dignitaries of both sides as a positive step.


Killing of Osama bin Laden has rehabilitated reputation of US Government, officials

 Killing of Osama bin Laden has rehabilitated reputation of US Government, officialsWashington, May 4: The dust has already started to settle after President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement on Sunday evening that U. S. special forces had killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a late-night raid on a compound outside Abbottabad.

The period since the formal announcement has produced a sizeable - if constantly revised and occasionally conflicting - body of detail about the operation to capture the world's most recognizable terrorist.

In the process, the reputations of several individuals and entities have been rehabilitated.


US demands information on bin Laden compound from Pakistan

 US demands information on bin Laden compound from PakistanWashington, May 4: Obama administration officials have demanded that Pakistan quickly provide answers to specific questions about Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and his years-long residence in a Pakistani city surrounded by military installations.

In addition to detailed information about the bin Laden compound, Pakistani officials were asked in meetings with US military, intelligence and diplomatic interlocutors to provide names of witnesses who can testify about visitors to the compound, The Washington Post reports.


US says it didn’t have communications with Pak intelligence about Operation Geronimo

 US says it didn’t have communications with Pak intelligence about Operation GeronimoWashington, May 4: The White House has said that Washington was quite clear about its knowledge about the existence of the Abbottabad compound where Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden lived, and "about the communications we did not have with Pakistan intelligence about this operation."

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was pointed out that the Pakistan government put out a statement saying that the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) had been providing information about the compound since 2009, whereas in terms of the US media, Washington knew about the compound since 2010.


‘ISI must be utterly stupid to harbour Osama at Abbottabad’: Musharraf

 ‘ISI must be utterly stupid to harbour Osama at Abbottabad’: MusharrafWashington, May 4: The Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) must be utterly stupid to harbour Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a prominent place like Abbottabad city, home to the country's military academy, former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said.

The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed Sunday night in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.


US aid to Pakistan in America’s own security interests: Husain Haqqani

US aid to Pakistan in America’s own security interests: Husain HaqqaniWashington, April 30: The United States' financial assistance to Pakistan is in its own security interests, Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has said.

"American aid to Pakistan is a means to ensuring American security," the Dawn quoted Haqqani, as telling CNN.

"The 9/11 incident happened because America turned its back on Pakistan and Afghanistan, ignored what was happening there. Al Qaeda found a home in Afghanistan. So right now, it is not the time to cut assistance to either Pakistan or Afghanistan," he added.


Af-Pak-US meeting slated for May 3 in Islamabad: Husain Haqqani

Af-Pak-US meeting slated for May 3 in Islamabad: Husain HaqqaniWashington, April 30: Trilateral talks between Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States will be held on May 3 in Islamabad, Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has said.

He also rejected the assertions made in a recent The Wall Street Journal report, which said that Islamabad was urging Afghan President Hamid Karzai to dump the United States, and instead team up with Pakistan for a solution to the decade-old conflict in Afghanistan.


Petraeus to commence third US ‘war’ in Pakistan as CIA chief: Report

Petraeus to commence third US ‘war’ in Pakistan as CIA chief: ReportWashington, April 30: General David H. Petraeus, who has served as commander in two wars launched by the United States after the 9/11 attacks, would effectively take command of a third- in Pakistan, a US newspaper has said.


Insurgents still being supported by sanctuaries, logistics originating in Pak: Pentagon

Insurgents still being supported by sanctuaries, logistics originating in Pak: PentagonWashington, April 30: The insurgency in Afghanistan continues to enjoy sanctuary in the Pakistan border region, from where they can regenerate insurgent command and control and operational capacity, and Islamabad needs to do more to eliminate the safe terrorist havens, a US report has said.

"Insurgent capacity continues to be supported by sanctuaries and logistical support originating in Pakistan, and insurgents will likely retain operational momentum in areas where these support structures exist," the Department of Defense said in a report.


Obama birth controversy row, a debasing low in US political life: NYT

Obama birth controversy row, a debasing low in US political life: NYTWashington, Apr. 28 : The demand that President Barack Obama prove he is an American citizen by birth and was, therefore, a rightful occupant of the White House, must be seen as a profoundly low and debasing moment in American political life, the New York Times reports.

Disbelief fairly dripped from Obama as he stood at the West Wing lectern on Wednesday.

People are out of work, American soldiers are dying overseas and here were cameras to record him stating that he was born in a Hawaii hospital.


Criticism over Obama family interview due to jealousy: Maria Menounos

Menounos, the first and the last journalist to interview the entire Obama family, disclosed the information to FOX411’s Pop Tarts column during the promotion of her new book ‘The Every Girl''s Guide to Life’.

“I think they (the critics) were all slightly jealous, first of all. I’ve never said that before but it’s true! There were a lot of people who were upset that someone like me, an entertainment reporter, got the biggest interview,” she said.

“I think what they (the Obama family) did with that interview was exactly what needed to be accomplished. Sometimes you have to show people who you are, and I think we showed who they are as a family in a very fair way,” she added.


Obama birther controversy filled four percent of US news coverage

 Obama birther controversy filled four percent of US news coverage New York, Apr. 28: A recent study of news coverage shows that top media organizations have been devoting relatively little time to the so-called "birther" issue.

The Pew Research Center''s Project for Excellence in Journalism, which produces a weekly analysis of news coverage, found that during the week of April 11-17, Obama and the "birther" issue filled a mere four percent of the news coverage.


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