Osama bin Laden’s death came as a surprise to many on May 1, 2011. Osama bin Laden responsible for the deaths of numerous Americans was considered the US Public Enemy no.1.
Families who lost loved ones on 911 expressed a range of emotions from joy to relief. Most agreed that Osama bin Laden’s death provides a sense of closure for them after nearly a decade.
Osama bin Laden was captured and killed by Navy SEALs Team 6 operation after US officials received a tip in mid 2010 of bin Laden’s whereabouts.
However with bin Laden’s death, comes a series of questions the Pakistani government must answer regarding how bin Laden was able to hide in Pakistan without being detected? Authorities were astounded to learn bin Laden was living in a million dollar compound less than 100 miles from Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.
Pakistani Government Reacts
Pakistani officials have a lot of questions to answer in light of bin Laden’s death. Was the Pakistani government concealing bin Laden’s whereabouts?
The US-Pakistan alliance has been tenuous at best. In light of the recent killing of bin Laden and the US officials decision not to engage Pakistani military in their efforts to capture bin Laden, raises speculation over the state of US-Pakistan relations.
Pakistani government officials including Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari dismissed the accusation that Pakistan was harboring Bin Laden, as “baseless speculation” according to the Guardian UK.
Pakistani government officials expressed they are committed to fighting terrorism. Pakistan, an ally to the U.S. has also suffered at the hands of Al Qaeda and bin Laden’s followers. However, Pakistan is also a known supporter of the Taliban.
If the Pakistani government is serious about fighting the war on terror, how was Osama bin Laden able to stay in a million dollar compound and go undetected for almost five years? These are just a few questions the Pakistani government must answer in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death.
Concern Over Possible Al Qaeda Counter Attack
Americans and U.S. officials have concerns about a possible retaliation from Al Qaeda.
In response to the death of bin Laden, followers of the terrorist vowed to avenge bin Laden’s death.
The White House recently revised their statement, saying bin Laden resisted and fought back during the raid on his compound, however he was not armed at the time. This statement may add fire to an already ensuing flame.
Nonetheless, eliminating bin Laden is significant as the U.S. military was able to collect materials and information from bin Laden’s compound, which could offer key information about bin Laden’s activity in Pakistan. It also helps intelligence officials determine if bin Laden was still active in Al Qaeda. Including whether or not he was still running the organization, individuals or organizations funding Al Qaeda and information about deputies that may have taken orders from bin Laden prior to his death.
U.S. officials do not know for certain if Al Qaeda will launch a counter attack, however the U.S. government warned that bin Laden’s death could be the catalyst for Al Qaeda launching an attack on the U.S.
Osama bin Laden’s death: aftermath and reaction. As it happened. Guardian UK
Osama bin Laden “resisted” assault but was unarmed, US officials say, The Washington Post
Frenemies:U.S. ally in hot seat after bin Laden found in Pakistani army town, Yahoo! News