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Obama Ordered Backup in Case of Hostile Pakistanis

The New York Post

May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON – President Obama ordered additional forces for the raid on Osama bin Laden’s lair in case the Navy SEALs encountered hostile Pakistani forces and had to fight their way out of the country, a White House official told The Post last night.

Initial plans called for two backup helicopters to stay on the Afghanistan side of the border and fly in only if needed.

But Obama – concerned that there would not be enough troops to fight their way out of Abbottabad if the Pakistani military or police intervened – decided to assign two additional helicopters carrying soldiers to hover nearby, the official said.

One of those backup helicopters was needed when a chopper assigned to the assault team was damaged.

Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities said the 16 kids living in bin Laden’s compound were home-schooled by the terror kingpin himself, along with one of his four wives.

The women are in Pakistani custody, but a US official said Islamabad will let American intelligence officers grill them.

Separately, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told his parliament that the fatal assault on bin Laden by US commandos was “indeed justice done” and confessed to “intelligence failures.”

But he warned Washington against future unilateral strikes.

The British newspaper The Guardian also reported that the United States and Pakistan struck a deal in 2001 that authorized America to get bin Laden with the understanding that Islamabad would feign protest to save face.


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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    The source is from within the WH so it shouldn't surprise us that they'd try to make it sound like BHO is the greatest military genius since General Patton. We know nothing could be further from the truth.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    More political spin out of Washington

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    loganj0

    over 3 years ago

    440 Comments

    The author really expects me to believe the Pres is now some great military mind? Really now come. I've never seen Mr. Obama so glum during a news conference as when he was announcing the death of that POS. The white house hasn't been able to figure out the correct story to tell people about what happened anyways. Why should we take them at their word that Mr. Obama thought up any of the raid?

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    This is all about saving face and keeping the billions of dollars in aid coming to the Pakistanis pockets.

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    1Tinman

    over 3 years ago

    616 Comments

    Media, how about a correct title for once: The President authorized backup...
    The President doesn't plan an op, the military does. I can't stand spinning the facts for political reasons (or any other). Does the author really expect us to believe that the President was sitting there for a briefing and when the military asked for 2 extra choppers, said 'two may not be enough, you should send in four to be on the safe side'?

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