Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The operation against Bin Laden tests the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S.

Islamabad. .- The operation of U.S. special forces killed Osama Bin Laden has once again highlight the difficulty of relations between Washington and Islamabad, whose alliance is key to stability in the region. There is growing controversy over the extent to which Pakistan participated in the preparation and conduct of the operation, incomplete versions and sometimes contradictory by the Pakistani authorities.

As the principal agency of the Pakistan secret services (ISI) has confirmed that there was "information exchange", something also suggested by the U.S. president himself, Barack Obama, the few public statements by the Pakistani government operation attributed almost exclusively to EE . UU ..

What seems true according to many analysts is that Washington decided to proceed with "Operation Geronimo" without sharing the details with civilian or military authorities in Islamabad. In the context of relationships with many ups and downs, the public statements of leaders of both countries after the death of Bin Laden seeking to emphasize the similarities above the points of divergence.

According to the Pakistani newspaper "Dawn", the most influential in English, just days before the operation against the leader of Al Qaeda's top military officials met in Pakistan, Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, and NATO and the U.S.. UU. in Afghanistan, David Petraeus. During the meeting, held at an air base near Islamabad, Kiyani Petraeus and allegedly exchanged information about an impending operation in Pakistani territory, although the parties differ on some aspects of it.

Pakistani analyst and professor at National Defense University, Humayun Khan, said in this regard to Efe that Pakistan was aware of this potential transaction but did not know its real scope, including who was the target. According to Khan, only then it is understood that the U.S. helicopters inside without problems in Pakistani airspace and reach the city of Abbottabad, an area full of military installations and where the operation took place against bin Laden.

The conciliatory statements of top U.S. officials. UU. and Pakistan, which have focused on joint efforts to combat terrorism of Al Qaeda, have been overshadowed by other events critical. The Counter-Terrorism adviser to the White House, John Brennan, has stated publicly that it is "inconceivable" that Bin Laden did not have a "support system" in Pakistan, which is to influence the U.S.

allegations that evening, the least until the operation against Bin Laden, Pakistan was not doing what is necessary to fight Islamic militant groups in its territory. It remains to see where they will choose the relations between Washington and Islamabad after the disappearance of bin Laden and the backdrop of the gradual withdrawal of U.S.

troops in Afghanistan, scheduled for July. Analysts said the departure of foreign forces now has a clearer path after disappearing the main symbol of the threat to U.S. security. UU. But at the same time raising questions about the future in Afghanistan, where Pakistan wants to have a role.

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