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Musharraf: Abbottabad Raid an Act of War

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TEHRAN, May 26 (ICANA) – The U.S. raid which allegedly killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was technically "an act of war", said former president Pervez Musharraf.
Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:00:48 PM
Musharraf: Abbottabad Raid an Act of War

Musharraf described U.S. President Barack Obama's statement that he would order another raid if necessary as "arrogant". The Express Tribune

Musharraf told CNN: "No country has a right to intrude into any other country." The Express Tribune

He added: "Actually, technically, legally, you see it, it's an act of war. So I think it is an irresponsible statement, and I think such arrogance should not be shown, publicly, to the world." The Express Tribune

Pakistan's government has told the United States to halve the number of military trainers it has stationed in the country, the latest sign of spiraling distrust between the two allies since the U.S.' unilateral raid on May 2. Reuters

Pakistan informed the United States in the last week or two that it would not need some U.S. special forces trainers advising the Pakistani military, the Pentagon said. Reuters

"We don't need unnecessary people here. They cause problems for us instead of being helpful," said a Pakistani security official, who asked to remain anonymous. He said the withdrawal might start by early June. Reuters

Many Pakistanis see the raid as a clear violation of its sovereignty and some lawmakers have asked for a review of ties with Washington, which gives Pakistan billions of dollars in aid to help in the war against militants, especially in neighboring Afghanistan. Reuters

As the United States starts to withdraw troops from Afghanistan this year, some U.S. lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to reconsider assistance to Pakistan in the wake of the bin Laden raid. Reuters

The request will be taken as a sign of Islamabad's annoyance that the raid on Bin Laden's compound at Abbottabad was carried out without its knowledge. There have been suspicions in Washington that some in Pakistan knew the al-Qaeda leader's hideout. Guardian

But Pervez Musharraf denied that the country's ISI intelligence service knew, at any level, of the presence of the world's most wanted man in the garrison city. However, in an interview with BBC's Newsnight on Wednesday, he admitted that it was "very difficult to prove non-complicity". Guardian

Musharraf said he had been surprised and shocked to discover where Bin Laden had been hiding. He added that neither he nor senior government officials had colluded in providing refuge for the fugitive while he was in power between 1999 and 2007. "I can't imagine in my wildest dreams that the intelligence agency was doing something without telling me, so therefore there was no complicity at the strategic level." Guardian

However, the intelligence service had demonstrated "negligence, ineptitude and failure" in its failure to detect Bin Laden, he said. Guardian

Pakistan has received $20.7 billion worth of U.S. assistance over the past decade, about two-thirds of it military aid. Reuters

More than 200 American troops are in the country helping to train the army in counter-insurgency, but there are also said to be intelligence and special forces there. Guardian

Since U.S. President Barack Obama announced al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in an operation by U.S. Navy SEALs, a plethora of contradictory statements have emerged as to how he was killed.

Pakistan's intelligence services are refusing to share details of suspects or plots with their American counterparts in protest at the U.S. operation to kill Osama bin Laden. Telegraph

The CIA has long used intelligence from Pakistan's intelligence agencies to help identify targets for drone strikes in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, but now, as officials on both sides say, it operates largely autonomously, especially since it has been concentrating its fire on the Haqqani militant network in the North Waziristan region. The Nation

U.S. military relations with Pakistan have further strained following the arrest of a CIA contractor for killing two Pakistanis in Lahore in January. Raymond Davis was released after compensation was paid to the families of the victims. NBC News

The Davis fallout led Pakistani spy agencies to determine that the U.S. indeed had hundreds of active CIA operatives working in the nation above and beyond the officially reported ones working with the government. Antiwar

Relations further soured after a March 17 drone attack in North Waziristan killed 50 innocent tribesmen. NBC News

Pakistan's parliament has adopted a resolution declaring the drone strikes were a violation of sovereignty equivalent to the secret attack on bin Laden's house in Abbottabad. NYT

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