Pakistani Report Criticizes Government Over Bin Laden
July 08, 2013
A Pakistani government report into how Osama bin Laden managed to live undetected in the country for almost a decade has strongly criticized the country's military and civilian leaders.
The report by the Abbottabad Commission said failure to detect bin Laden as he lived in the country for nine years represented "culpable negligence and incompetence" at nearly all levels of government.
The 336-page report was published by Al-Jazeera on its website on July 8.
The Abbottabad Commission was tasked by the government to probe the circumstances surrounding the covert U.S. raid that killed the Al-Qaeda founder in May 2011.
The report also criticized Pakistan's leadership for failing to detect CIA activities on its soil in the run-up to the raid, while criticizing the United States for the "illegal manner" in which the operation was conducted.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP
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