Obama was ‘50-50’ certain about bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad

In his latest book, former US president Barack Obama provides an in-depth first-hand look into how the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound was planned and carried out

Nov 21, 2020
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In his latest book, former US president Barack Obama provides an in-depth first-hand look into how the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound was planned and carried out.

In what is arguably the most eye-opening section of ‘A Promised Land’, Obama recounts how he and his administration were aware of the seismic implications the move carried for US-Pakistan’s already strained ties. The chapter also reveals that the former president and his team had only been ’50-50’ certain that their target was actually bin Laden when the raid was ordered.

“Whatever option we chose could not involve the Pakistanis,” Obama writes. “Whatever we chose to do in Abbottabad… would involve violating the territory of a putative ally in the most egregious way possible, short of war.”


https://tribune.com.pk/story/2272958/obama-was-50-50-certain-about-obls-presence-in-abbottabad

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