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Pakistan OKs CIA Access to Bin Laden Lair

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TEHRAN, May 28 (ICANA) – Pakistan has agreed to allow the CIA to send a forensics team to examine the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, giving the agency permission to use sophisticated equipment in a search for al-Qaeda materials that might have been hidden inside walls or buried at the site, U.S. officials said.
Saturday, May 28, 2011 12:52:26 PM
Pakistan OKs CIA Access to Bin Laden Lair

The revelation, reported by the Washington Post, comes on the eve of a visit to Islamabad U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in the most senior interaction between the U.S. and Pakistan since the special forces raid on 2 May. The Guardian

It's not exactly clear what U.S. officials expect to find once the team arrives in the next few days. The Navy SEALs that staged the raid that killed bin Laden managed to round up a rather impressive bounty of written and electronic documents during the 40 minutes they were inside the house. The Slate

However, U.S. officials had reported that the material did not indicate an imminent threat on Western nations. Although a team of intelligence experts are poring through the material, the CIA wants to search for more clues that may have been overlooked. Christian Post

The fate of Bin Laden's house in Abbottabad, 35 miles north of Islamabad, had been one of many sensitive points in tense relations between the two countries. Some Pakistani officials favored demolishing the three-storey house, which they believed had become a symbol of humiliation. 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

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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