There has been a lot of speculation regarding Osama bin Laden’s proximity to the Pakistani capital and to the Pakistani Military Academy. There should be, and there are important questions that need to be asked, and no doubt, elements of the Pakistani government have some tough questions to answer. However, all the same, there’s some numbers that need to be considered.
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The chain of intelligence that led U.S. operatives to Osama Bin Laden on Monday reportedly began with a tip from a detainee at the notorious American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. That tip led the CIA to one of Bin Laden’s trusted couriers — and then to the Al-Qaeda leader himself. Fundamentally, it was a success of human intelligence, or HUMINT.
Word Bubble 5/2/11
Army Capt. David McKim, the [4-101] brigade’s assistant intelligence officer, termed bin Laden’s death an example of how his profession operates. “That’s truly how it does work for us,” he said. “Things don’t happen instantly, sometimes. A lot of our successes take time to build.” He said for his shop, the mission in Regional Command East remains finding the enemy in Paktika and protecting the soldiers and population. Enemy forces the task force faces in Paktika are not necessarily closely linked to al-Qaida, McKim said, though many in Regional Command South are.
Danger Room: Latest on the Osama Raid: Tricked-Out Choppers, Live Tweets, Possible Pakistani Casualties
No U.S. operatives were hurt or killed in the dramatic, early-morning raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden in his northern Pakistan hideout. At least none we know about here at 1:50 in the morning, eastern time. But there may have been casualties among the Americans’ allies, according to fragmentary press reports in the hours after the attack. That would mean U.S. troops had some friends along during the raid, despite some sources insisting it was an Americans-only show.