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himself an ethnic Chechen, told the Russian TV station, Channel One. “Samy, Ayub and Mahmud were with him right to the end. I remember well this date as there were three sixes in it – June 26, 2006. Those three men, as well as two Muslims from London and two from the US saw Bin Laden dead.He was seriously ill before his death. He faded away to skin and bone. The three Chechens washed his body before burying it.”
Yashar also said that on the eve of May 2, when President Obama announced that Bin Laden had been killed, the Americans found only Bin Laden’s grave near the Afghan-Pakistani border and staged an operation.
According to Yashar, US special forces started hunting Bin Laden’s Chechen guards after Bin Laden’s death was first announced at a conference in Washington in November 2008. The last of them, Samy, was taken by the American special forces a few days before Bin Laden was officially pronounced dead. Berkan Yashar believes Samy could have told them the exact place of burial.
Answering why he had decided to speak to the Russian channel, Berkan Yashar said that after all the recent developments he feared for his life. “My thoughts went out that it is dangerous to befriend America. It is better to be neutral and even safer to be enemy of America than a friend.” (Richard Nixon’s memoirs)
American have perfected the art of telling lies and making the world believe them out of fear and allurement. There was no inquiry after 9/11. Nations joined the “War on Terror” out of fear. Osama was a fading phenomenon.(Hamid gul)
Bin Laden’s death will change nothing for the US until the White House engages India and Pakistan in a regional solution.
administration expects that it will be easier to split the Taliban away from al-Qaida now that Bin Laden is dead. As one unnamed American official, who was recently quoted in the Washington Post, put it: “Bin Laden’s death is the beginning of the endgame in Afghanistan, it changes everything.” Nothing could be farther from the truth.
For nearly a decade, the United States has pursued an unfocused war in Afghanistan based on tactics with seemingly no thought about the wider strategy. The Bush administration wandered into South Asia ill-informed and unwilling to think about the big picture; the Obama White House has sadly failed to provide a comprehensive rethink of the problem, disappointing many diehard Obama supporters.
The talk from the military and administration officials has been about “winning hearts and minds” and “talking to the Taliban” and “reducing kinetic operations”. All of this is well and good, but these taglines and the tactics they refer to are about managing symptoms not fixing the problem. Bin Laden’s death does not rectify the strategic problem.
The decapitation of the al-Qaida leadership may result in the collapse of the organisation – I hope that is the case. But terrorist organisations do not always collapse following such incidents. In this case, the death of Bin Laden should be a step in the right direction, given that the real hammer blows to al-Qaida’s ideology have been dealt by the nascent democracy movements across the Middle East. While much uncertainty remains, most experts see these movements in Egypt, Syria and beyond as a rejection of al-Qaida’s call to violence and extreme interpretations of Islam. Again, I hope they are right.
More importantly, however, the problem of a weak Afghanistan is not caused by Bin Laden, al-Qaida or the Taliban. The Taliban provided order to an Afghanistan plagued by internecine violence following the withdrawal of the Soviet Union and American involvement in 1992. Al-Qaida took advantage of the Taliban rule to use Afghanistan as a base for their global operations.
Afghanistan has always been a highly decentralised state, not easily governed by a central authority. This has not changed. This weakness has led other states to take advantage of Afghanistan. During the cold war, the country became the backdrop for a proxy war between the US and the Soviet Union. But a third player was always in the mix: Pakistan. The US thought that it was using Pakistan to advance the US national interest against the USSR, but Pakistan was working for Islamabad’s interests, not American ones.
Pakistan wanted to settle their border dispute with Afghanistan to Pakistan’s advantage. Furthermore, Pakistan has always viewed Afghanistan as “strategic depth” to be used by the military in a conflict with India. In fact, the Pakistani military and intelligence services actively fomented radical Islamist groups in the last quarter of the 20th century to create a cadre of irregular fighters that could be used in an irregular war against India in Kashmir. Pakistan also backed the rise of the Taliban in the mid 1990s, since they viewed them as a friendly ally. Since the partition of British India in 1947, India and Pakistan have been at odds, and Pakistan still greatly fears India. Whether or not this is a rational view through western eyes is irrelevant. This is the root of the problem – and Bin Laden’s death changes none of it.
In the 2008 US election campaign, Barack Obama spoke about the need for a regional solution to the problem. In office, his administration has failed to pressure India and Pakistan to find common solutions to common problems. Right now, US goals for the region are directly opposed to Islamabad’s goals. The US wants a stable Afghanistan, free of radical Islam. This means India should be involved in Afghanistan. Indian involvement in Afghanistan, however, means that Pakistan would be “surrounded” by “hostile” governments. Elements of the Pakistan military and intelligence will never allow this.
Unless President Obama can work to increase trust, no amount of military tactics or civilian development can change the strategic reality. India does not want to be forced to deal with Islamabad, especially following the Mumbai attacks, but the status quo is simply not tenable. It is not tenable for the US, it is not tenable for India and it is not tenable for Pakistan. The Pakistani polity is imploding: the gap between the Pakistani public and their leaders is wide and deep, not to mention the divisions among the leadership in Islamabad.
It does not matter if the US remains committed to Afghanistan with 100,000 troops or if we withdraw tomorrow; the result – the eventual implosion of Pakistan and chaos across South Asia – will be the same, unless President Obama addresses the imbalance of power and the perception of fear and threat between India and Pakistan.
Source: Michael Williams
Osama bin Laden’s death. The War on Terror Is Over! Saudi Arabia and Pakistan begin preparations for World War?
Even before the U.S. killed bin Laden, the Arab Spring had already rendered him irrelevant. President Obama now has his best chance since taking office to acknowledge some simple, long-overdue truths. Terrorism does not represent the greatest threat to American security; debt does, and our anti-terror efforts are exacerbating the problem. We do not face, as we did in the 1930s, a totalitarian foe with global ideological appeal. We face competitors who, in varying ways, have imported aspects of our democratic capitalist ideology, and are beating us at our own game.
The exact timing of the attack on bin Laden’s compound was inadvertently noted by a Pakistani engineer named Sohaib Athar who at 0100hr sent a Twitter message that said “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).”Military operation conducted by the US army, in the early hours at Abbottabad and nearly one-half hour gun battle that killed the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and whose body was shortly thereafter “buried at sea.”According to eye witnesses Eight soldier died at the spot in helicopter crash during the operation against Osama-bin-ladin and Army personal told people to off your home lights and don’t came out from houses 2 hour before operation.
Obama acknowledges Pakistani cooperation in Osama hunt.After Osama’s death US has no reason to remain in Afghanistan, Pakistan: Imran Khan.
Almost, 30,000 Pakistani civilians lost their lives in terrorist attacks in the last few years. More than 5,000 Pakistani security and armed forces officials have been martyred in Pakistan’s campaign against Al-Qaeda, other terrorist organizations and affiliates.“It is Pakistan’s stated policy that it will not allow its soil to be used in terrorist attacks against any country. Pakistan’s political leadership, parliament, state institutions and the whole nation are fully united in their resolve to eliminate terrorism,” the statement said.Iran Ramin Mehman-Parast said in response to the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden that now the United States and its allies have lost the legitimacy to stay in the region and fight terror. “This event proves that there is no need for a massive war to deal with one person,” he said.
Most curious about bin Laden’s death at the hands of the Americans is that he has long been known to be one of their most valuable assets who helped them defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan and operated under the CIA code-name “Tim Osman”, and who according to a once top-secret US document visited many American military bases and the White House too. Even more curious was that at the time of the 9/11 attacks upon America, bin Laden and many of his extended family, were actually in the United States, but then were allowed to depart on at least 3 flights while the rest of America’s air space was shut down.
The New York Times further reported that other bin Laden family members were driven or flown under FBI supervision to a secret meeting in Texas and then to Washington, from where they left the US for Saudi Arabia when airports were allowed to open September 14, 2001, a most curious circumstance given that 15 out of the 19 alleged terrorists said to have caused 9/11 were all Saudi citizens.
Though bin Laden continues to be labeled by the US propaganda media as the “mastermind” behind 9/11 the facts prove otherwise. In fact, even though bin Laden was listed as one of the “10 Most Wanted” fugitives by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), he was not wanted for anything having to do with 9/11, and as quoted by Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI, when asked on June 5, 2006 about why bin Laden’s “wanted poster” mentioned nothing about 9/11 replied: “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Osama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.”
Though future historians will, beyond all doubt, continue to uncover the deeper truth behind who can only be described as the most important man, to date, to have lived this century, and without whom the United States would have been unable to launch their massive wars for Middle Eastern and Central Asian oil, the current reality of his being killed by the Americans signals a “sea change” in US policy this report warns has brought our world even closer to nuclear conflict.
The reason for this being so, the reports, is due to the fracturing of relations between the United States, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, all of whom have lost confidence in each other, and all of them able to cause nuclear war should their survival be threatened.
In our March 9th 2011 report “Global Resource War Warned Has Begun Between East-West” we touched upon this fracturing of the “Old World Order” as the United States, and its Western allies, continue their desperate efforts to keep their economies from total collapse, but which by all accounts they are failing to stop.
To the most absurd effects of bin Laden’s death at the hands of his American “controllers” are the reports coming from the US showing that many of their citizens are actually celebrating his demise without even realizing the retaliation they have in store for them as both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan begin preparations for World War.
The reason for this being so is simple to understand when one realizes that bin Laden’s death actually is a “signal” to the rest of the world from the Americans that they are about to retrench from their global empire leaving their once protected Middle Eastern and Central Asian allies to fend for themselves, and which to the fear of Saudi Arabia, at least, was borne out the American’s refusal to rescue their most stalwart ally, Hosni Mubarak from being overthrown by the Egyptian people, and made worse by the West’s attack against Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
Lost upon the average American is the precedent for the collapse of a modern 20th Century empire, and as exampled by the Soviet Unions collapse in 1991, which like the United States of today, sought through war to expand and protect its empire, but in the end found those same wars collapsing its economy and plunging it into the abyss of chaos.
So, and most unfortunately, as American military installations the world over have now been put on a heightened state of alert, the citizens of that country should, likewise, begin their preparations for survival too, for in bin Laden’s death is a warning that things have now changed, the course of history is now altered, and the worst is yet to come.