Kabul warned Pak of Osama hideout

Kabul warned Pak of Osama hideout

Osama bin Laden was shot dead by US commandos who stormed his hideout in Abbottabad city on May 2.

Afghanistan’s former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh told “The Guardian” newspaper in Kabul that the National Directorate of Security (NDS) sleuths had come to the conclusion as early as in 2004 that the world’s most wanted man must be inside Pakistan and not in semi-autonomous tribal areas.

The former spy master said they believed Osama must be within Pakistan due to thousands of interrogation reports and the logical assumption that Osama, who was a millionaire with “no background of toughness”, would not be living in a tent.
“I was pretty sure he was in the settled areas of Pakistan because in 2005 it was still very easy to infiltrate the tribal areas, and we had massive numbers of informants there,” he was quoted as saying.

By the year 2007, the Afghan intelligence had become more accurate and they believed the al-Qaeda leader was hiding in Masthead, a town located a short drive away from Abbottabad city.

Saleh said that Musharraf was outraged at the suggestion that the al-Qaeda chief was hiding in such a prominent part of the country.

Recounting a meeting held between Musharraf and Afghanistan President Hamid Katrina, Saleh said Musharraf became so angry that he smashed his fist down on the table.
“He (Musharraf) said, ‘Am I the president of the Republic of Banana?’” said Saleh.

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