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Saeed’s links with Osama led to US bounty: report

Hard evidence that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed was communicating with Osama bin Laden through a courier led Washington to put a $10 million bounty on Saeed’s head, Indian media reported on Wednesday.
The evidence also points to the then al-Qaeda chief, Bin Laden, having played a key role in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people and injured more than 300, Hindustan-Times quoting officials said. All this was unearthed by US Special Forces last May when they killed Bin Laden in his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and took back bagfuls of his documents and computer equipment.
Bruce Riedel, Pakistan terrorism expert and former AfPak advisor to US President Barack Obama, told HT, “The documents and files found in Abbottabad showed a close connection between Bin Laden and Saeed, right up to May 2011.” Riedel said the Abbottabad information also “suggested a much larger direct al Qaeda role in the planning of the Mumbai attacks than many assumed.” He said the US now has evidence that Bin Laden may have seen the reconnaissance reports of David Headley, Lashkar’s scout for the 26/11 attacks.
Indian experts on Lashkar, pointing out the relationship between the outfit and al Qaeda has been known for years, presumed that the US had additional motives when it suddenly announced the bounty under its Rewards for Justice programme on Monday.
RAW’s former deputy director Rana Banerjee said Saeed has been assuming a larger profile in Pakistan, preparing the ground for a political career. “The US is forcing him underground. It has silenced him for a while,” he said. Documentation on Lashkar’s ties with al Qaeda would also explain the $2-million bounty on Adbul Rahman Makki, Lashkar’s financial secretary. Makki, said Banerjee, is the only person Saeed trusts with funds and was the liaison for Lashkar’s global tie-ups.
Lashkar has also attracted US anger, said analyst Wilson John, author of Caliphate’s Soldiers: The Lashkar-e-Tayebba’s Long War, by openly helping militants fighting US troops in Afghanistan. “Members of the Haqqani network have trained at Lashkar camps,” he said.



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  1. Democrat said:

    but the US said osama was sidelined since 2005 and has no active operational role in ALqaeda? somebody please tell them to correct their statements… and i wonder the "information" that US collected from abbotabad, there would be some papers related to Hafiz Saeed helping Jack the Ripper or may be there would be some papers where Hafiz Saeed was part of the american civil war or may be he helped in assasination of JFK?

  2. Mir Hasil Bizanjo said:

    Oh, Indians! plz dont be so afraid and frighten of invasion from your western borders. After all we, the Pakistani are fighting terrorism and in fact protecting your in land from Taliban invaders who have recently reached Manawa ( near Amritsar International Border). You must cooperate Pakistan for your own safety sake otherwise Pani Pattttttt is not far away from Manawa/ Lahore. Try to understand and stop conspiring against Pakistan.

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