Sunday 26 March 2017

Files could unravel enigma of Bin Laden

Supporters of Pakistan's Muslim League burn a representation of the US flag during an anti-American demonstration in Multan, Pakistan, yesterday
Supporters of Pakistan's Muslim League burn a representation of the US flag during an anti-American demonstration in Multan, Pakistan, yesterday

William Maclean

AL-Qa'ida documents captured in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will give Western intelligence a clearer idea of the threat he posed, and may help settle the latest spat between Washington and Islamabad.

There was derision in Pakistan on Sunday at a suggestion by an unnamed US official that Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound was an "active command and control centre" for al-Qa'ida.

One senior Pakistan security official dismissed that as nonsense.

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