Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A secret agreement between Islamabad and Washington authorized a raid unilateral

After Osama bin Laden had escaped to U.S. forces in the mountains of Tora Bora in late 2001, the United States and Pakistan have sealed a secret agreement that allowed Americans to conduct a raid to search for the unilateral head of al- Qaeda, his right arm Ayman al-Zawahiri and number 3 in Al Qaeda.

So says the Guardian on Monday on its website. The players then were Pervez Musharraf on the Pakistani side and George Bush on the American side. "There was an agreement between Bush and Musharraf, which stated that if we knew where bin Laden was, we would find him, without further ado," said a former member of the American administration, "shouted the Pakistanis scandal, but does not stop us.

" "Both sides agreed to allow Pakistan to protest against this intrusion on its territory," says the Guardian. These revelations throw a new light on the protests in Pakistan: after the death of Bin Laden killed in a U.S. raid at his residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan's government has continued in effect to protest against this incursion on his territory, explaining that he had not been warned.

Moreover, despite this agreement, Barack Obama had given orders that the commando is large enough to be able to militarily confront the Pakistani forces in case of response from them, reports the New York Times. The U.S. President had raised the possibility of a clash with Pakistani troops raid ten days before the May 1: therefore, two additional helicopters were sent to protect the commando who was involved in the complex of Abbottabad, according to senior officials who requested anonymity.

"Some have thought that we could have drawn a difficult situation by talking [with Pakistani soldiers], but because of our current difficulties with Pakistan, the president would not take any risks," according to one of these officials quoted by the newspaper. "He [Obama] wanted additional forces, if that be necessary." In addition, two teams of specialists were ready to act: the first to bury the head of al-Qaeda if he were killed, and the second composed of specialists in questioning and translators, where he was taken prisoner, the newspaper said.

The last team was probably aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, in the Arabian Sea. Le Monde. en

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