London: Contradicting CIA`s assertion that it has no intelligence on the world`s most wanted terrorist
Osama bin Laden since 2003, leaked secret US military
documents say the al Qaeda chief personally attended a
recruitment drive for suicide bombers in Pakistan in 2006.
CIA chief Leon Panetta said in June that the last time
the US had precise information on bin Laden`s location was in
the "early 2000s".
But the US military intelligence reports leaked by the
whisteblower website Wikileaks show repeated instances in
which US forces saw signs of the al Qaeda chief in Pakistan.
The evidence appears to contradict Penetta`s claim last
month that there has been no intelligence on al Qaeda leader
since 2003, the Daily Telegraph reported, quoting the leaked
documents published by the Guardian.
For example, he was reported as attending meetings with
recruited suicide bombers in 2006 in Pakistan, it said.
A "threat report" generated by International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan said: "Reportedly a
high-level meeting was held in Quetta, Pakistan, where six
suicide bombers were given orders for an operation in northern
"Two persons have been given targets in Kunduz, two in
Mazar-e-Sharif and the last two are said to come to Faryab,"
the report stated.
"These meetings take place once every month, and there
are usually about 20 people present. The place for the meeting
alternates between Quetta and villages (NFDG) [no further
details given] on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The top four people in these meetings are [Taliban leader]
Mullah Omar, Osama bin Laden, Mullah Dadullah and Mullah
[Baradar]," according to the leaked documents.
The documents also contain numerous unverifiable
reports on bin Laden`s death, the report said.
Bin Laden is on the American Federal Bureau of
Investigation`s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives due to
several 1998 US embassy bombings.
Since the 9/11 terror attacks in the US, Osama and his
organisation al Qaeda have been major targets of the United
States` war on terror. Bin Laden and fellow al Qaeda leaders
are believed to be hiding near the border of Afghanistan and
Pakistan`s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said
that some elements in the Pakistan government know the
whereabouts of bin Laden and warned Islamabad against keeping
a "poisonous" snake in its backyard.
Clinton said Pakistan`s intelligence establishment must
share with the US any information about movement of bin Laden
and al Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri.
"I want those guys. I will not be satisfied until we
get them," she said in interviews to American TV channels.
"...I assume somebody, somebody in this government,
from top to bottom, does know where bin Laden is. And I`d like
to know too. So I think we`ve got to keep pressure on, which
we are doing," Clinton said.