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Cheney calls CIA agents probe an ‘outrage’

 Cheney calls CIA agents probe an ‘outrage’Washington, May 9: Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney has said it is an "outrage" that the Obama administration continues to investigate CIA agents who interrogated terror suspects, claiming they did nothing.

Several Republicans and ex-officials have asked the Justice Department to drop the investigation, launched nearly two years ago by Attorney General Eric Holder.

“It''s unfortunate. These men deserve to be decorated. They don''t deserve to be prosecuted,” Fox News quoted Cheney, as saying.

He said Holder’s decision to reopen the case against CIA agents sets a "terrible precedent."


Obama’s Pak visit put off over ‘Osama’s inside support’ speculations

 Obama’s Pak visit put off over ‘Osama’s inside support’ speculationsWashington, May 9: US President Barack Obama has no plans to visit Pakistan in the near future amid speculations that Osama bin Laden had a support network in Pakistan, US National Security Adviser Thomas E. Donilon has said.

“There is not a visit on his schedule at this point. If he’d go to Pakistan, but there was at this point scheduling before the events of last Sunday,” when US commandos killed Bin Laden in his hideout, the Dawn quoted Donilon, as saying.


Osama vows ‘no US security without Palestine security’ in final tape

Osama vows ‘no US security without Palestine security’ in final tapeWashington, May 9: Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden warned in his final recorded audio tape that there would be no US security without Palestine security.

"America will not be able to dream of security until we live in security in Palestine. It is unfair that you live in peace while our brothers in Gaza live in insecurity,” said Osama while addressing US President Barack Obama.

"Accordingly, and with the will of God, our attacks will continue against you as long as your support for Israel continues," he added.


Obama national security team was divided 55-45 on raiding Osama

 Obama national security team was divided 55-45 on raiding OsamaWashington, May 9: US President Barack Obama has admitted that his national security team was divided 55 to 45 over plans to kill Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 1.

Obama also acknowledged that he had only circumstantial evidence about bin Laden being inside the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

He said there wasn’t a single photograph or confirmed sighting of the man, and added that he was worried the Navy SEALs would find only a “prince from Dubai” instead of the terrorist leader responsible for the 9/11 attacks.


Osama’s 50 million-dollar bounty should go to 9/11 victims: NY lawmakers

Osama’s 50 million-dollar bounty should go to 9/11 victims: NY lawmakersWashington, May 9: The 50 million dollar bounty on Al-qaeda leader Osama bin Laden''s head should go to victims of the 9/11 attacks, two New York lawmakers have said.

US congressmen Anthony Weiner and Jerrold Nadler said they would draft legislation to give any unclaimed reward money to organizations that aid 9/11 first responders, families and survivors.

Ground Zero construction veteran and advocate John Feal said 9/11 rescuers still carried the scars of that day, and could use the funds.


Pak’s Washington lobbyist in overdrive to ward US anger over sheltering Osama

Pak’s Washington lobbyist in overdrive to ward US anger over sheltering OsamaWashington, May 7 : Pakistan's top Washington lobbyist Mark Siegel, has urged U. S. officials not to take out their anger on the country despite the fact that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden spent at least five years living in Islamabad.

Siegel, who has been friends with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's family for almost three decades and has a direct line to Islamabad, said that the country was not aware about Osama's sheltering in Pakistan.


‘US must use ‘lie detector’ on ‘terrorist general’ Pasha to locate Qaeda links’

 ‘US must use ‘lie detector’ on ‘terrorist general’ Pasha to locate Qaeda links’Washington, May 7: The United States should arrest Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha and Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, and use polygraph test on both to determine their role in shielding Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, the American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) has said.

The Al Qaeda founder, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed 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.


Bin Laden’s stay at Abbottabad facilitated by ISI’s “willful blindness”: Ex-CIA officer

 Bin Laden’s stay at Abbottabad facilitated by ISI’s “willful blindness”: Ex-CIA officerWashington, May 7: Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was able to hide at a luxury Abbottabad compound right under the nose of the Pakistan Military Academy because of “willful blindness” on the part of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer has said.

The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed 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.


Osama’s death could benefit U.S in Afghanistan: Robert Gates

Osama’s death could benefit U.S in Afghanistan: Robert GatesWashington, May 7: The death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is likely to benefit U. S military efforts in Afghanistan, according to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

“Frankly, I think it’s too early to make a judgment in terms of the impact inside Afghanistan, but I think in six months or so, we’ll know if it’s made a difference,” The Politico quoted Gates, as saying.

Gates sketched out a schism between the post-bin Laden Al-Qaeda and the extremist group Taliban.


Telephonic chat between Osama’s courier, friend was where ‘movie about his hunt started’

 Telephonic chat between Osama’s courier, friend was where ‘movie about his hunt started’ Washington, May 7: A telephonic conversation between Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the main courier for Osama bin Laden, and one of his old friends last year had finally led the U. S. forces to the doorsteps of the killed al-Qaeda leader.

“Where have you been? We’ve missed you. What’s going on in your life? And what are you doing now?” the friend asked, to which Kuwaiti replied: “I’m back with the people I was with before,” The Washington Post reports.


Bin Laden raid yields information about Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 man al Zawahiri

Bin Laden raid yields information about Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 man al Zawahiri Washington, May 7: The US intelligence community has gathered information from materials taken from Osama bin Laden''s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that indicates the whereabouts of Ayman al Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda''s former No. 2 man and a candidate to succeed bin Laden.

The intelligence source said there are "numerous" leads giving them locations but cautioned that they are fluid as Al-Qaeda leaders may be on the run, changing their locations.

"It''s not as easy as going to an address. They may not be there anymore, but it helps a point of reference," CBS News quoted the source, as saying.


US demands Pak spy agents’ identities as it probes Bin Laden’s ‘support network’

 US demands Pak spy agents’ identities as it probes Bin Laden’s ‘support network’Washington, May 7: The Obama administration has demanded that Pakistan reveal the identities of some of its top intelligence operatives as the United States tries to determine whether any of them had contact with Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden or his agents before his death, according to Pakistani officials.

The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed 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.


Five myths about Osama revealed

 Five myths about Osama revealedWashington, May 7 : Almost a week after US Navy Seals shot and killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the Washington Post has sought to dismantle myths and clarify common misconceptions about him.

Here are five of those myths as revealed by Peter Bergen, the director of national security studies at the New America Foundation and the author of “The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda.”

1. The CIA created Osama bin Laden.


Musharraf terms not knowing of Osama’s hideout during his presidency as “terrible”

Musharraf terms not knowing of Osama’s hideout during his presidency as “terrible”Washington, May 7: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said it is “terrible” that he did not know during his rule that Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was hiding at a luxury compound right under the nose of the Pakistan Military Academy.

The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed 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.


Failure to locate Osama in Abbottabad shows Pak spy agencies’ “incompetence”: Musharraf

Failure to locate Osama in Abbottabad shows Pak spy agencies’ “incompetence”: MusharrafWashington, May 7: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he believes that the failure to locate Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was hiding at a luxury compound right under the nose of the Pakistan Military Academy, depicts Pakistani intelligence agencies’ “incompetence”.

The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed 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.


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