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Suspicions that members of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence
agency were aware of the hiding place of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in
Abbottabad, 50 km. north of Islamabad, are “well founded,” senior Israeli
terrorism analyst Dr. Boaz Ganor told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
fact that they found him in a compound in a Pakistani city – rather than a cave
in Tora Bora – and the fact that he was not moving from place to place on a
nightly basis, but lived in the compound for years, certainly raises the
possibility in my view that members of the Pakistani intelligence and defense
community were aware of his location,” Ganor said.
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Bin Laden’s compound
was located near a major Pakistani military center, reportedly housing thousands
Yet an ISI official was quoted by the BBC on Tuesday as
saying that the compound “was not our radar” – adding that the failure to
apprehend bin Laden “should not make us look totally incompetent.”
good, but we’re not God,” the BBC quoted the official as saying.
ISI didn’t know as an organization, then senior members of the ISI likely did,”
said Ganor, who is executive director of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism,
part of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
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“This doesn’t come as a
big surprise. The fact that the ISI has been infiltrated by the Taliban and
al-Qaida sympathizers is well known. So is the fact that the ISI has been
involved in terrorist activity carried out by the [Pakistani jihadi group]
Lashkar e-Taiba in Kashmir,” Ganor added.
The ISI has been linked to the
coordinated terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008, in which killed 164 people were
killed and more than 308 were wounded.
Ganor said he believed “the
Americans were not shocked either. I assume they received some information from
the Pakistanis, but never relied on it for their own
Despite some cooperation between the US and Pakistan,
senior Pakistani intelligence officials “didn’t hand over the head of the
snake,” he said.
But that did not spell the end of American-Pakistani
“The American interest is to prevent Pakistan – a country with
a nuclear arsenal – from falling into the hands of Islamists. Their interest is
therefore to maintain the status quo. It’s not ideal, but the alternative is
worse,” Ganor said.
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