Nearly two weeks after the world's most wanted terrorist
was killed in Abbottabad, "US officials say several key
indicators bolster their initial impression that Osama bin
Laden had a support network in Pakistan that resulted in his
staying in one location for the past several years, feeling
comfortable he would not get caught," CNN reported.
The unidentified officials, familiar with the latest
assessment of the May 2 raid, pointed out that there is no
apparent sign that bin Laden had a ready escape plan,
according to the report.
The al Qaeda chief did not appear to have the means or
make an attempt to destroy the reams and gigabytes of
documents before Navy SEALs assaulted his compound, CNN
quoted sources as saying.
"It looks like he became complacent," one of the
officials was quoted as saying. "There is a lot more material
than we expected to find here."
Bin laden had just three men with him when the US
Special Forces landed in his Abbottabad compound.
"What does all that mean?" the official asked. "How
could he be so comfortable living in that location for that
period of time with so little security?"
CNN said the Obama Administration has still not
concluded, based on the information gained so far, that bin
Laden was supported by the Pakistani government but the
al Qaeda had enough support network inside that country.
"It could take months" to fully assess the intelligence
that has been gathered and the effectiveness of bin Laden's
command and control of his operatives in the field, according
to another US official.
"If you are the CEO of al Qaeda, sometimes you focus on
strategy, sometimes you focus on management or personnel. Over
time, he was involved in all aspects," the official told CNN,
noting this is why the administration considers the compound
to be bin Laden's "command and control centre."
Officials, however, refuted reports that the Abbottabad
residence was a retirement home for bin Laden, who was
actively involved in planning of terrorist operations mainly
aimed at the US.
"He had a clear and continuing interest in attacking
the US," the official was quoted as saying.
Washington: With a "support network" in
Pakistan, Osama bin Laden had become "complacent" and kept
staying at one location for the past several years without any
ready escape plan, a media report said on Friday.
First Published: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 00:18