A Year After Bin Laden's Death, No Answers from Pakistan
Pakistan's government has failed to answer U.S. questions about whether it was protecting the al-Qaeda leader.
In the year since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the Pakistani government has failed to answer U.S. questions about whether it was providing shelter to the al-Qaeda leader, according to a Huffington Post report.
Bin Laden spent approximately six years living in Abbottabad, a relatively affluent community near Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad, in a compound a stone's throw away from Pakistan's premier military academy -- a fact which led many in the west to believe he enjoyed at least some protection from Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence Agency.
"I just find the idea that he lived in a place like Abbottabad without the ISI's knowledge strains credibility," Shawn Gregory, director of the Pakistan Security Research Unit at the U.K.'s Bradford University, told the Huffington Post. "It is ridiculous that he wasn't being protected."
Doubts over Pakistan's role helping bin Laden evade capture have strained relations with the U.S., according to the Huffington Post. But for now, it seems the Obama administration has little choice but to keep the nuclear-armed nation on its side; many believe Pakistan's cooperation is vital to achieve any lasting piece in Afghanistan, according to HuffPo.
What do you think? Did Pakistan know where bin Laden was? If so, how should we react to an alleged ally knowingly harboring the world's most wanted terrorist? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.