Pakistan promises investigation into how bin Laden wasn't detected

05/09/11 wire reports including AP
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Pakistan's prime minister says the army will investigate how al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden hid for years on his country's soil without being detected.

Yousuf Raza Gilani made the comments during an address to Parliament today, a week after a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad killed the suspected terrorist mastermind.

Gilani rejected claims that Pakistani authorities were either incompetent in searching for bin Laden or complicit in hiding him, and expressed full confidence in the country's armed forces and intelligence establishment.

"Yes, there has been an intelligence failure. It is not only ours but of all the intelligence agencies of the world. It is disengenuous for anyone to blame Pakistan or the state institutions of Pakistan including the ISI and the armed forces for being in cahoots with al-Qaida. Elimination of Osama bin Laden who launched waves after waves of terrorist attacks against innocent Pakistanis is indeed justice done."

Meanwhile, Al-Qaida's front group in Iraq is reaffirming its support for the terror network's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri.

Al-Qaida has not yet announced a successor and there is some uncertainty about whether al-Zawahri will indeed take over for bin Laden.

In a statement posted on an insurgent website today, the Islamic State of Iraq said President Barack Obama should be fearful of new attacks on the United States to avenge bin Laden's death.

It taunted Obama as the "rat in the black house."

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Hay Yousuf... can you say "on the take"... "turn a blind eye"... "welcome to Pakistan"??? By the way... in 2007 didn’t Senator Obama say… “When I am president, we will wage the war that has to be won, with a comprehensive strategy with five elements: getting out of Iraq and on the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan…”