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German Intelligence Services Helped CIA in Search for bin Laden

Sputnik News

01:06 17.05.2015(updated 01:29 17.05.2015)

Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) provided the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with important help in the search for slain al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper, BND provided US intelligence services with information of "fundamental importance" to catch the terrorist leader.

The CIA was reportedly tipped off about bin Laden's whereabouts by a Pakistani agent who had worked for the BND for years.

The German intelligence agency also monitored telephone and e-mail traffic in northern Pakistan from a base in the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling, Bild am Sonntag reported on Saturday.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in which almost 3,000 people were killed, US authorities conducted a nearly 10-year-long manhunt for bin Laden. The al-Qaeda leader was found and shot dead in Pakistan in the spring of 2011.


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