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Admiral William McRaven. - File Photo by AFP

WASHINGTON: An official US assessment of Osama bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad has concluded that Pakistan did not know the whereabouts of Al Qaeda leader before the US raid, says Admiral William McRaven.

As head of the US Special Operations Command, Admiral McRaven personally supervised the May 1 raid on OBL’s compound in Abbottabad that killed the reclusive Al Qaeda leader.

The senior US military official said Pakistan wasn’t informed of the raid because the initial assumption was “How could they not know he was there?”

A report by the American Forces Press Service quoted Admiral McRaven as telling a meeting in Washington that he too believed informing Pakistan about the raid in advance would have put the mission at risk.

Now he also believes that the Pakistani government did not know Bin Laden’s whereabouts, the admiral added. “We have no intelligence that indicates the Pakistanis knew he was there,” he said.

Mr McRaven, interviewed on stage by Charlie Rose, a CBS executive editor and anchor, said there was never a moment he doubted the raid would succeed. “We hand-picked the guys,” he said. “They were the best of the best, all across the board. They had extensive combat experience, and consequently… I was very confident.”

Responding to questions about Pakistan, Admiral McRaven said the US relationship with that country was improving.

“I think it's improving. We obviously went through a rough spell, but we have — it's a complicated relationship with Pakistan, but it's a good relationship. It is getting stronger, and I think we need to try and make it stronger,” he said.

“We need to kind of put our differences aside because understanding the problems in Pakistan and working with the Pakistanis to deal with their terrorist problems and the terrorist problems that are emanating from Pakistan is crucial for our eventual success,” he said.

When asked why did Pakistan was not informed on the Bin Laden raid, he said, “We didn't trust them because we didn't share the mission with them.”

“Yeah, again, not my decision, but I would have voted for the decision that was made because it was just too risky to bring them in because part of the thinking was, how could they not know he was there? But everything afterwards indicates that they just didn't know he was there. He was hiding in plain sight,” Mr McRaven said.

The admiral warned that OBL’s death had not ended terrorism. Though Bin Laden was dead, non-state actors still presented a threat, he said.

“We understand … to minimise the rise of violent extremism, you have to create the conditions on the ground where people have good jobs, where there is the rule of law, where there is stability [and] where there is good governance,” he said. “We think, from a military standpoint, we can certainly help with the security that will be required to help begin to build some of that stability.”

Admiral McRaven emphasised the need to work with other nations to build a partnership for continuing the fight against terrorists.

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Daniyala Naeem
Nov 21, 2012 05:07am
We as a Muslims need to follow our religion and then fight against America. The problem is that we think that America has done this, that....Why???We should first think of our self. We are not united and don't follow our "Islam" that's why the problem is arise. The bone of contention is the nation's attitude. We should bring up the new generations for follow up on Islam. Try to Think..... If we are strong so no one can blame us.....
Thinker
Nov 17, 2012 05:02am
First of all why this is a news? Secondly how many pakistanis buy this news? Thirdly if this is the case why obama said in election if we would have told pakistan, osama would have fled? Game of pacifist and pacifier
sfomann
Nov 17, 2012 04:31am
Of course Pak did not know it but that is not the issue. Pakistan is sovereign nation and they do not have the right to barge in like this, no matter what is at stake. Unless the US is at war with us and in that case they should declare it so we can respond in kind. This was all a political stunt to embarrass Pak and to put them under more pressure. The OBL had been totally neutralized so he was not posing any immediate threat. They should have informed and asked Pak government to take him out. It is ridiculous to say that the mission would have been compromised. Such a high profile person and they think Pak wud have hidden him somewhere, is totally BS!
Tanvr Afgan
Nov 17, 2012 06:50am
The US must consider Pakistan a friend which has suffered more than any other country at the hands of the barbarians. Consider Pakistan as part of the solution not the problem.
imran
Nov 17, 2012 08:01am
Osama did not do 911.
Ismail
Nov 17, 2012 08:48am
Pakistan has already been embarrassed by all previous statements by American Army which Pakistan strongly objected.Now Admiral William McRaven trying to pacify Pakistan.My question is who let the American soldiers inside our pure land Pakistan in the first place?
M R Khawaja
Nov 17, 2012 10:54am
America can never be a trust worty nation to pakistan and people of pakistan know that but Governments in pakistan can not say so as they need their Dollors.
talk facts
Nov 17, 2012 08:30am
US please hamari jaan chor do!
Isa
Nov 17, 2012 07:12am
This is the funniest story appeared in our newspapers for a long time
Mishbah
Nov 17, 2012 07:11am
How did America know about Osama Bin Laded? Who informed the Americans? The people who informed Americans were they Pakistanis? Who were those Pakistanis? Did the Pakistanis disclose the information for the lust of money and other goodies? Are those Pakistanis against Islam? Was the war(Jihad) initiated by Bin Laden justified? I am search for answers for the above question, from 9/11, if you would know it please answer it.
ravi, San Jose, CA
Nov 18, 2012 12:28am
Trust has to be earned. Has Pakistan earned ??