Taliban visited bin Laden at compound

Perhaps it's not surprising that Osama bin Laden would have received visits directly from his supporters and followers at his Pakistani hideout.

What is a little shocking is the sheer number of people who knew where he was. The Telegraph:

The revelation that the al-Qaeda chief had direct contact with his followers - and did not rely solely on messengers - came as a US-led task force urgently trawled captured documents and computer files for terror plots and information about extremists.British intelligence agents last week joined their US counterparts to sift through the material after repeated references to Britain were found in the haul retrieved from bin Laden's compound when US commandos killed him this month.

An Afghan Taliban commander, who has previously provided reliable information to foreign media, disclosed that he had visited bin Laden at the compound in Abbottabad.

He said that the Saudi terror chief also received sporadic visits from leaders of his al-Qaeda network, Taliban allies and fellow Arab fundraisers.

The disclosure will be crucial for Western intelligence chiefs as they try and assess bin Laden's role in international terror operations. They had initially believed that his contact with the outside world was conducted via messages on computer thumb drives.

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Bin Laden confided that he had to continue to meet top aides because so many senior lieutenants had been captured or killed. "He said he had no choice but to be active and meet people, despite the security risks," the Taliban leader said. "He was meeting with other top al Qaeda leaders who could get access to Abbottabad without endangering their safety."

The report will once again focus attention on how bin Laden managed to live apparently undetected by the Pakistani authorities for several years less than a mile from the country's top military academy.

Some of the top terrorists in the world were prancing all over Pakistan and the government didn't know? This makes Pakistan either one of the worst nations in the world at protecting its borders or a duplicitous ally who tolerated the mortal enemies of its supposed friends to come and go as they pleased.




Perhaps it's not surprising that Osama bin Laden would have received visits directly from his supporters and followers at his Pakistani hideout.

What is a little shocking is the sheer number of people who knew where he was. The Telegraph:

The revelation that the al-Qaeda chief had direct contact with his followers - and did not rely solely on messengers - came as a US-led task force urgently trawled captured documents and computer files for terror plots and information about extremists.

British intelligence agents last week joined their US counterparts to sift through the material after repeated references to Britain were found in the haul retrieved from bin Laden's compound when US commandos killed him this month.

An Afghan Taliban commander, who has previously provided reliable information to foreign media, disclosed that he had visited bin Laden at the compound in Abbottabad.

He said that the Saudi terror chief also received sporadic visits from leaders of his al-Qaeda network, Taliban allies and fellow Arab fundraisers.

The disclosure will be crucial for Western intelligence chiefs as they try and assess bin Laden's role in international terror operations. They had initially believed that his contact with the outside world was conducted via messages on computer thumb drives.

[...]

Bin Laden confided that he had to continue to meet top aides because so many senior lieutenants had been captured or killed. "He said he had no choice but to be active and meet people, despite the security risks," the Taliban leader said. "He was meeting with other top al Qaeda leaders who could get access to Abbottabad without endangering their safety."

The report will once again focus attention on how bin Laden managed to live apparently undetected by the Pakistani authorities for several years less than a mile from the country's top military academy.

Some of the top terrorists in the world were prancing all over Pakistan and the government didn't know? This makes Pakistan either one of the worst nations in the world at protecting its borders or a duplicitous ally who tolerated the mortal enemies of its supposed friends to come and go as they pleased.




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