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No Apologies for Bin Laden Attack: US

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TEHRAN, May 10 (ICANA) – The Obama administration says it will not apologize for entering Pakistani territory to attack al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's compound.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:31:41 AM
No Apologies for Bin Laden Attack: US

White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday that US President Barack Obama is convinced that he had “the right and imperative, to launch the raid,” stressing, “We make no apologies about this,” AFP reported.

Carney noted that President Obama said on his presidential campaign that “if there is an opportunity to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, and he is on Pakistani soil, and this is the only way we can do it… he will take that chance and do it, and he did.”

“Osama was enemy number one for the US and killed many, many innocent civilians. So no apologies,” Carney said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, in a speech to Parliament in Islamabad on Monday, said that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency provided leads that eventually helped locate bin Laden, adding, “Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd.”

Gilani complained about the raid last week, saying Pakistan reserves the right to retaliate with full force.

The rift between the US and Pakistan is deepening, while Washington still requires cooperation from Islamabad to gain access to three of bin Laden's widows who are in Pakistani custody.

Obama claimed that bin Laden was killed by US forces on May 2 (May 1 Washington time) in a compound in Pakistan, resisting while unarmed.

He added that the military mission was conducted without the knowledge of Pakistani authorities due to the United States' mistrust of its purported ally.

A US official later announced that bin Laden's body was quickly buried at sea, falsely claiming that the hasty burial was in accordance with an Islamic law requiring burial within 24 hours of death.

However, burial at sea is not an Islamic practice and Islam does not have a ruling on a burial timeframe.

US officials also claimed their decision on the sea burial was made because no country would accept bin Laden's remains, without elaborating on which countries were actually contacted on the matter.

In addition, political analysts have raised serious questions as to why US officials did not allow a DNA test to officially confirm the identity of the corpse before the sea burial.

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