SAY WHAT!: Pakistani security forces have arrested 40 people in Abbottabad, # US, Pakistan threaten each other with military action, # Holder on gun smuggling scandal: ‘I frankly don’t know’ what really happened, # Is the Obama Administration Setting Up to Toss the SEALs Under the Bus?

May 5, 2011
By CMAC

Pakistan to Cut U.S. Military Presence After Bin Laden Raid

 

Published May 05, 2011

| FoxNews.com

 

In this Thursday, May 5, 2011 photo provided by Inter Services Public Relation department, Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, center, presides the Corps Commander conference at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. (AP)

Pakistan is calling for cuts in the U.S. military personnel inside the country after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Usama bin Laden in his Pakistan compound — without Pakistan’s help or prior knowledge.

The siege has only increased the strain on relations between the two countries, as some U.S. lawmakers are calling for cuts to the $1.3 billion in U.S. aid to Pakistan for its failure to locate bin Laden. The Al Qaeda leader was found and killed in a large $1 million compound in an army town not far from the capital of Islamabad. Lawmakers have suggested Pakistan was either too incompetent to catch bin Laden or was complicit in protecting him.

In a statement Thursday, Pakistan’s army fired back, saying U.S. military personnel inside the country would be reduced to the “minimum essential” levels to protest the American commando raid that killed bin Laden early Monday local time. The army also threatened to cut cooperation with Washington if it stages more unilateral raids on its territory.

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Al Pessin | Pentagon May 05, 2011


A senior U.S. defense official has made the first on-the-record comments from the department about the implications of Osama bin Laden’s death.  The Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy, said Thursday it could spur reconciliation in Afghanistan, but also poses new challenges for U.S.-Pakistan relations.

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Pakistan Calls For U.S. To Reduce Military Presence

May 5, 2011
 

Audio for this story from All Things Considered will be available at approx. 7:00 p.m. ET

Following the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, seen here on May 3, Pakistan has called for the U.S. to reduce its military footprint in the country.
 

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Following the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, seen here on May 3, Pakistan has called for the U.S. to reduce its military footprint in the country.

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May 5, 2011

Pakistan’s army says it wants the United States to reduce its military footprint in that country. The decision is an apparent protest of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. operation on the al-Qaida chief’s compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad is now the subject of a Pakistan army investigation.

Thursday’s statement was the first by Pakistan’s army since revelations that bin Laden has lived down the road from the country’s elite military academy in a town filled with retired officers. How he could have gone undetected for years is the embarrassing question reverberating from Islamabad to Washington.

The decision that the Americans were to reduce the strength of their military personnel to the “minimum essential” came after a day-long emergency meeting of the corps commanders, convened by the army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani.

The general, who no visiting American dignitary dares miss, heads the army in a country that has revered its armed forces. But Pakistan’s most prestigious and powerful institution became an object of ridicule this week.

In a written statement Thursday, the army admitted “shortcomings” in developing intelligence on the presence of bin Laden.

Pakistani foreign secretary Salman Bashir briefs the media about the killing of Osama bin Laden at the foreign ministry in Islamabad on May 5.  Bashir said that the accusations that Pakistan's intelligence agency colludes with Al-Qaeda are false and cannot be substantiated. 

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Pakistani foreign secretary Salman Bashir briefs the media about the killing of Osama bin Laden at the foreign ministry in Islamabad on May 5. Bashir said that the accusations that Pakistan’s intelligence agency colludes with Al-Qaeda are false and cannot be substantiated.

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Pakistani foreign secretary Salman Bashir briefs the media about the killing of Osama bin Laden at the foreign ministry in Islamabad on May 5. Bashir said that the accusations that Pakistan’s intelligence agency colludes with Al-Qaeda are false and cannot be substantiated.

Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir also told a news conference that speculation that elements within Pakistan’s CIA counterpart, the ISI, were providing cover to bin Laden was “absolutely wrong.”

 

US, Pakistan threaten each other with military action

Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | May 6, 2011, 12.30am IST

 

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Us raids at this Abbottabad hideout of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan threatens to rock the relationship between the two trusted allies of war against terror.
Times of India
WASHINGTON: Barely disguising mutual antagonism, the United States and Pakistan on Thursday threatened each other with military action in the aftermath of the American raid on the Abbottabad compound to kill Osama bin Laden, even as sober elements on both sides scrambled to save the relationship from total breakdown. 

The White House led the way in publicly reiterating that it would not hesitate to carry out more such special operations in Pakistan if it did not act against terrorists holed up in the country. A lengthy Pakistani foreign office statement that the US incursion could not become the standard operating procedure or precedent for US or other countries did nothing to dissuade Washington from re-asserting the tough Obama policy: if there are terrorists inside Pakistan and it does not act, then the US will.

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