On bin Laden: It’s the Couriers, Stupid



In December 2004, I worked with Peter Bergen and Karen Greenberg in organizing a major conference in the US Senate titled “Al Qaeda 2.0“. Bergen, probably the world’s most famous al Qaeda and bin Laden tracker, had arranged one of the first major interviews by a Western journalist of bin Laden in 1997.

Pakistan Not Notified Before Attack



Obama chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan laid out the key detail that contrary to some reports (including here at TWN), Pakistan was not informed about the raid before it took place. According to the Washington Post, Brennan also said it was “inconceivable that bin Laden did not have a support system” in Pakistan.

Haniyeh Statement on Bin Laden Death Irresponsible



Former Palestine Prime Minister and Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh has made a wrong-headed and in my view idiotic statement condemning the US for killing Osama bin Laden. According to Reuters, Haniyeh said: We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood.

More on the Bin Laden Story: Pakistan Delivered



According to sources in the US intelligence community, bin Laden was near/in Islamabad, Pakistan. He was with family in a compound. Leads from Pakistan ISI — that’s right — ISI, led US forces and intel to the site.*** The US used own sources to confirm and “received clearance to strike from Pakistan.

Bin Laden Dead



After the relentless pounding of Tora Bora caves and tunnels and hiding space by a massive American assault, US military personnel went to body after body punching a special device into the various cadavers found to do field-based testing of the DNA of the remains of those found against the held and known DNA of…