|
|
|
|
|
6th Rajabul Murajab 1436 | Monday, Apr 27, 2015
Top Stories

'Even Clinton admin believed ISI would pass intel to Al-Qaeda'

Monday, 7 January 2013
Comments(0)
January 07:

Much before the US carried out the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden without informing Pakistan, the Bill Clinton administration had little faith in Islamabad when it came to sharing important intelligence information, a former top American general said today. Gen (rtd) Stanley McChrystal in his book, "My Share of the Task: A Memoir" which hit the stands today, says that as a result of the lack of trust with the Pakistani leadership, the latter were given just 10 minutes notice when the Clinton Administration launched a barrage of missiles in August, 1998, entering the Pakistani airspace.

"So they gave the Pakistanis notice, but just barely: Over a late-night chicken tikka dinner in Islamabad on the night of August 20 (1998), Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Ralston told the head of the Pakistani army, General Jehangir Karamat, that in ten minutes, missiles would be entering Pakistani airspace," McChrystal wrote. "Prior to the strike, US officials feared the Pakistanis would think the US missiles crossing over their country were from India. But they worried more that members of Pakistan's military and intelligence establishment would tip off the Taliban or bin Laden about the impending strike," McChrystal, a former US general in Afghanistan, said.

"Not only were the Pakistanis kept in the dark, but they also lost men. Some of the buildings blown apart by the missiles were in fact used by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), killing, by some accounts, five of its intelligence officers and twenty of its trainees. The event left the Pakistani leadership irate and the Americans ever more skeptical, asking why Pakistani officers were near bin Laden's camps in the first place," he wrote in his latest book. McChrystal said the relationship continued to degrade. McChrystal had to resign as the US and NATO commander in Afghanistan after the publication of an article in the Rolling Stone in which he was quoted as being highly critical of the Obama Administration. The US conducted a daring raid in May, 2011, on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan and killed the dreaded al-Qaeda chief. PTI

Latest News

Court orders Hyderabad civic polls by Dece...

The Hyderabad High Court on Monday directed the Telangana government to hold elections for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC ...

Ronan Keating not returning to Australia&#...

Former Boyzone singer Ronan Keating has confirmed he will not be returning to "The X Factor" Australia. After five seasons, the 38-year- ...

Defence to launch bid to save Boston bombe...

Celebrated defence lawyer Judy Clarke will launch her bid Monday to save 21-year-old convicted killer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penal ...

Related News

'Don't rebuild Nepal Hindu temples, convert to Christianity�...

A self-styled preacher in US Tony Miano while expressing his sympathy for those devastated by the Ne ...

Sad to learn: Drinking water for Rs 500 in quake hit Nepal

The death toll has crossed 3,200 in the quake hit Nepal and the stranded survivors are waiting help ...

Video: Horrifying moments of earthquake on Mount Everest

Nepal devastating earthquake toll rises to above 3,218 and could touch 10,000.Not only the ground wa ...

Post new comment

To combat spam, please enter the code in the image.

Rs. 26460 (Per 10g)

Opinion Poll
Should media and the government leave Rahul Gandhi alone on his comeback from sabbatical?
YesNoCan't say

Matrimony | Photos | Videos | Search | Polls | Archives | Advertise | Letters

© The Siasat Daily, 2012. All rights reserved.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Abids, Hyderabad - 500001, Telangana, India
Tel: +91-40-24744180, Fax: +91-40-24603188
contact@siasat.com