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Monday, May 2, 2011

Bin Laden's Location Proof Pakistani Military Harboring al-Qaeda?

The U.K. Daily Telegraph has several photos of the compound where Osama Bin Laden was allegedly killed by a gunshot wound to the head courtesy of the Navy Seals. As details emerge, one extremely inconvenient report cannot bode well for relations between Pakistan and the United States. The compound was less than one mile away from Pakistan's military academy, which will certainly raise significant questions about Pakistan's relationship with al-Qaeda.

Here is a report from the BBC:
The compound is a few hundred metres from the the Pakistan Military Academy, an elite military training centre, which is Pakistan's equivalent to Britain's Sandhurst, according to the BBC's M Ilyas Khan who visited the area.

Earlier reports put the distance at about 200 yards (182 metres). Pakistan's military says the compound is 4km (2.4 miles) away from the academy.

But it lies well within Abbottabad's military cantonment - it is likely the area would have had a constant and significant military presence and checkpoints.

Pakistan's army chief is a regular visitor to the academy for graduation parades.

The operation began at about 2230 (1730 GMT) and lasted about 45 minutes, military sources told BBC Urdu. Two or three helicopters were seen flying low over the area. Witnesses say it caused panic among local residents.

But an IT consultant living in Abbottabad posted on twitter at about 0100 (2100 GMT) that a helicopter was hovering above Abbottabad. It is thought that he unknowingly tweeted details of what he could hear of the operation as it happened.
Courtesy of a post over at Free Republic, HERE is a map that shows how close the compound is to Pakistan's military academy.

Another source of controversy is all but certain to be Bin Laden's burial at sea. The Daily Mail reports that it was done so early out of respect for Islamic customs and done at sea instead of in the ground to avoid a shrine.

Via the Daily Mail:
U.S. officials have told broadcaster CNN that Bin Laden's body has already been buried at sea in order to prevent the grave from becoming a shrine for extremists.

Officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours. Saudi Arabia reportedly declined to take the body.
Be sure to check out all of the PHOTOS at the Daily Mail.

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