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US Rejects Pakistan's Criticism of bin Laden Raid

VOA News May 09, 2011

The White House says it will not "apologize" for a raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil.

Spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama felt he had the "right and imperative" to launch the operation in order to catch the world's most wanted terrorist.

Earlier, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani warned that "unilateral actions" on Pakistani soil will have "serious consequences".

Carney said Washington understands Pakistan's concerns and that cooperation with Islamabad is critical to U.S. security interests.

The spokesman also said the U.S. and Pakistan are consulting on "many levels" to determine how bin Laden could elude capture for so long while living in Pakistan.

During an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS' 60 Minutes, President Obama said bin Laden must have had a support network inside Pakistan, but it is not known if that network included people inside the government.

Mr. Obama also said he ordered the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad because the benefits of finally capturing bin Laden outweighed the risks.

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