There has been 3 or 4 or 5 or 100 books written about the Bin Laden ( Geronimo) raid. There was a highly successful movie made ( Zero Dark Thirty) and we have heard the many versions of what actually happened that night. This is how Pakistan views what happened that evening.
On the night of May 1, 2011, United States Special Forces launched a raid to kill or capture al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, deep inside Pakistani territory, in a compound within the garrison town of Abbottabad. Following the event, the Pakistani government set up a Commission to establish how US forces could have violated Pakistani sovereignty without repercussions, and how Bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man, came to reside secretly in Pakistan for so long.
During the course of its investigation, the Commission found “a shocking state of affairs”, where local governance had completely collapsed, as had the ability of the military, intelligence and security services to perform their jobs. In this report, Al Jazeera’s Asad Hashim examines the many failures of the Pakistani civil state that allowed Bin Laden to evade capture for nine years.
Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s chief, was able to evade detection in Pakistan for nine years due to the “collective failure” of the Pakistani state’s military and intelligence authorities, and “routine” incompetence at every level of the civil governance structure, a Pakistani government commission has concluded.
The Raid: As it happened
The Abbottabad Commission was charged with ascertaining the facts of what happened on the night of May 1, 2011, when the United States unilaterally launched a raid to capture or kill al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in northern Pakistan.
While all previous accounts released to the public have been the stories of SEAL team members, or sourced mainly through Washington’s squad of analysts from the CIA and similar agencies, the Commission pieced together testimony from local and provincial officials, police and security personnel – and, indeed, captured members of Bin Laden’s family themselves – to tell the story of that warm May night through the eyes of those who found themselves in the targeting crosshairs.
This is that account.
It is ten minutes past eleven in the evening. Amal Ahmad Abdul Fattah al-Sadah, a 29-year-old Yemeni woman, sits with her three-year-old child, Hussain, in a second-floor bedroom. Near to her is her husband, Osama bin Laden. About 250km away, at a US airbase in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, the rotor blades of two stealth Black Hawk helicopters begin to turn.
The Black Hawks, coated with special radar-evading paint and panels, as well as noise suppression devices, fly low and fast, entering Pakistani airspace in the Khyber tribal area between 11:15pm and 11:30pm. They are closely followed by two other helicopters, mostly likely Chinooks. All four fly along the route of the River Kabul, above Chakdarra to Kala Dhaka, where one touches down, ready to provide refuelling and additional support to the Navy SEALs now en route to their target in Abbottabad.
Bin Laden Raid a act of War?
The unilateral decision by the US to launch a military operation to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden on Pakistani territory constituted “an act of war”, a Pakistani government investigation has found.
The report of the Abbottabad Commission, which investigated the circumstances around the raid and how the al-Qaeda leader came to live in the country for nine years without apparently being detected, was exclusively released by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit on Monday.
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