"Mother of all embarrassments" for Pakistan

Main ImageProperty records suggest another alias for bin Laden aide
In the flurry of questions in the aftermath of the U.S. operation that killed Osama bin Laden, one line of inquiry has centered on the compound where bin Laden was found. Who in Pakistan knew he was living there? How did the al Qaeda mastermind spend seven years in safety, less than a mile away from the Pakistan army's elite officer academy? Who helped him hide in plain sight?

Now records of the land in Abbottabad on which the compound was built, obtained by the Associated Press, identify the man who bought the property. In a series of methodical transactions beginning in 2004, the buyer is listed as Mohammed Arshad. And the records, combined with neighbors' and U.S. officials' accounts of the men who lived with bin Laden in the compound, suggest that Arshad was probably another alias for the Kuwaiti-born Pakistani courier for bin Laden known to the CIA for years as Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti. In Abbottabad, the man was apparently known as Arshad Khan.

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Related Articles:
Bin Laden hunters used secret CIA facility in Pakistan - Seattle Times/Washington Post
Pentagon Breaks Silence on Pakistani Role - NYT
Special Report: Why the U.S. Mistrusts Pakistan's Spy Agency - Reuters
Bali bomber captured down the road of compound - Telegraph
In Abbottabad, the Failures and Resiliency of Pakistan - Atlantic Monthly
Life after bin Laden: US-Pakistan relations - Australian Radio

Kayani orders probe into intel failure, seeks cut in US personnel - Dawn
The emperors’ clothes - Dawn
The hornet is dead, near the nest - Daily Times
Rift with Zawahiri led to Bin Laden killing: Saudi paper - Express Tribune
Mother of all embarrassments - The News


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