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Osama bin Laden mission agreed in secret 10 years ago by US and Pakistan
Guardian ^ | May 9, 2011 | Declan Walsh

Posted on 05/09/2011 4:49:13 PM PDT by Bad~Rodeo

US forces were given permission to conduct unilateral raid inside Pakistan if they knew where Bin Laden was hiding, officials say

The deal was struck between Pervez Musharraf and George Bush in 2001 and renewed during the 'transition to democracy' – a six-month period from February 2008 when Musharraf was still president but a civilian government had been elected.

The US and Pakistan struck a secret deal almost a decade ago permitting a US operation against Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil similar to last week's raid that killed the al-Qaida leader, the Guardian has learned.

The deal was struck between the military leader General Pervez Musharraf and President George Bush after Bin Laden escaped US forces in the mountains of Tora Bora in late 2001, according to serving and retired Pakistani and US officials.

Under its terms, Pakistan would allow US forces to conduct a unilateral raid inside Pakistan in search of Bin Laden, his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the al-Qaida No3. Afterwards, both sides agreed, Pakistan would vociferously protest the incursion.

"There was an agreement between Bush and Musharraf that if we knew where Osama was, we were going to come and get him," said a former senior US official with knowledge of counterterrorism operations. "The Pakistanis would put up a hue and cry, but they wouldn't stop us."

The deal puts a new complexion on the political storm triggered by Bin Laden's death in Abbottabad, 35 miles north of Islamabad, where a team of US navy Seals assaulted his safe house in the early hours of 2 May.

Pakistani officials have insisted they knew nothing of the raid, with military and civilian leaders issuing a strong rebuke to the US. If the US conducts

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; deal; musharraf; pakistan; pawkeestahn; presidentbush; presidentgeorgewbush; thankyoupresbush; waronterror; wot

1 posted on 05/09/2011 4:49:19 PM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Sounds about right...and explains Karzai’s behavior.


2 posted on 05/09/2011 4:52:00 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Bad~Rodeo

so much for this being some new bold risky move by Obama.


3 posted on 05/09/2011 4:55:00 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Bad~Rodeo

I would like to know how many opium poppy farmers owe the legacy of Osama bin Laden a favor.


4 posted on 05/09/2011 4:57:04 PM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Musharraf’s fault.


5 posted on 05/09/2011 4:59:28 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Note to Obama: The only time you actually are the smartest person in the room is when you are alone.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

I wouldn’t trust one person from this culture as far as I could throw them. They aren’t the same as (most of) us. I have dealt with them in business - they have their own rules and don’t give a hoot about ours, even if they sign on the dotted line. Sadly, I never started out thinking this way.


6 posted on 05/09/2011 5:05:06 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Bad~Rodeo
I don't think Pakistan wanted to know or have any involvement. Osama is practically a hero to most of the muzzies in the country. This gives their government deniability.
7 posted on 05/09/2011 5:07:03 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: plain talk
Well, to be fair there was risk. Since the deal is we would go in an get him, the Pakis didn't know when or where and there was always the chance someone in their armed forces or police who was not aware of the deal would try to stop us.
8 posted on 05/09/2011 5:09:14 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: plain talk

This makes sense. There is no way they crash a helo, blow it up, and have a fire fight and still manage to stay there for 40mins with no Pakis showing at least to see what’s going on.
With a military base right up the road.
And the SEALs took no fire at all.

Meanwhile, civilians are tweeting about the raid real time.

No. The Pakis had to be in on it.

Everything Obama says and does is a lie.


9 posted on 05/09/2011 5:10:50 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Thank you, George Bush, for negotiating such a deal. Not that it would have prevented us from doing it anyhow, but it hopefully set terms which will limit negative fallout as a result.


10 posted on 05/09/2011 5:11:27 PM PDT by XEHRpa
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To: colorado tanker

One report I read stated that the Paks Radar’s were off when our choppers were coming in....interesting.


11 posted on 05/09/2011 5:13:57 PM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (Don't overthink common sense)
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To: XEHRpa

“Thank you, George Bush, for negotiating such a deal”...

how does THAT happen?


12 posted on 05/09/2011 5:15:07 PM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Bush`s fault

Obama`s glory


13 posted on 05/09/2011 5:16:07 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Yes, very interesting.


14 posted on 05/09/2011 5:23:11 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Bad~Rodeo
Under its terms, Pakistan would allow US forces to conduct a unilateral raid inside Pakistan in search of Bin Laden, his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the al-Qaida No3. Afterwards, both sides agreed, Pakistan would vociferously protest the incursion.

P-stan welched on their part of the deal; not vociferous enough.

I give BHO2 credit, at least during the campaign he said he would do something like this. He must have been happy to find George W Bush had negotiated it for him!

15 posted on 05/09/2011 5:34:31 PM PDT by Dick Holmes
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To: Bad~Rodeo

It makes sense now. The guy that was tweeting from a coffee shop nearby kept talking about roads being blocked off. I didn’t get it at the time but now I understand. The Pakis had the place cordoned off.


16 posted on 05/09/2011 5:38:48 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
US forces were given permission to conduct unilateral raid inside Pakistan if they knew where Bin Laden was hiding, officials say The deal was struck between Pervez Musharraf and George Bush in 2001 and renewed during the 'transition to democracy' – a six-month period from February 2008 when Musharraf was still president but a civilian government had been elected.

Gutsy call!

17 posted on 05/09/2011 5:39:25 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: spodefly

It was all just a big ‘show’, a spoof, a live action theater.

No wonder they were all sitting around eating popcorn and watching it on TV.


18 posted on 05/09/2011 5:45:32 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

W was gutsy.


19 posted on 05/09/2011 5:49:27 PM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

BTTT!


20 posted on 05/09/2011 6:11:17 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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21 posted on 05/09/2011 6:15:36 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Vengeance, Victory, Gratitude, Remembrance, Vigilance....)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
"There was an agreement between Bush and Musharraf that if we knew where Osama was, we were going to come and get him"

Another "win" for the Bush team WOT legacy.

22 posted on 05/10/2011 12:25:47 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks neverdem for the link.
Afterwards, both sides agreed, Pakistan would vociferously protest the incursion.

23 posted on 05/10/2011 11:51:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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