Musharraf says there was no deal with U.S. to let Americans kill or capture bin Laden inside Pakistan listen05/10/11 wire reports including AP
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Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he never struck an agreement with the United States to let American special forces kill or capture Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan.
Musharraf's spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said today that news reports claiming Musharraf and the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush had such an understanding are baseless.
The spokesperson says Musharraf always rejected U.S. requests to launch raids in Pakistan. Chaudhry spoke from Dubai where the former military ruler is staying.
Meanwhile the top U.S. commander in eastern Afghanistan says communication with the Pakistani military along the Afghan border was cut off for a couple of days after the U.S. raid on bin Laden's Pakistan compound, but contact has since been restored. Army Major General John Campbell also said bin Laden's death offers an opportunity to draw rank-and-file Afghan Taliban fighters away from the insurgency.
"For a day or two we had some communication issues where battalion commanders, brigade commanders would try to contact their counterparts. We didn't have very good contact. I think, because of bin Laden, and the death of bin Laden that there's great potential that there will be many people out there that will want to come back in. They're gong to think twice now, 'why are we doing this?', 'why is he over in Pakistan?' or 'why was he in Pakistan when I'm suffering over here?' I don't think the war's over and I don't think the loss of bin Laden will cause us to change our strategy at least in R-C East."
The chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the killing of Bin Laden is a potential game-changer that could lead to greater stability in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home. Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry, made the comments at the start of a hearing on Afghanistan.
Kerry says a precipitous U.S. troop withdrawal would be a mistake. But the U.S. should be working toward a smaller force that puts Afghans in charge, he said. Kerry said it was unsustainable to continue spending $10 billion dollars a month with no end in sight.
And in a statement posted on the Internet Al-Qaida is warning that the U.S. has committed a "big mistake" and a "serious sin" in killing bin Laden and is calling on Muslims to avenge his death.