‘Hillary pressed OBL raid, ISI colonel helped’

NEW YORK - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the driving force behind the decision to kill Osama bin Laden, pushing President Barack Obama to act, a new book says, while claiming that an ISI colonel helped in tracking down the al-Qaeda leader."Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide For Him" by Richard Miniter says Obama was afraid of the consequences of a bungled operations to kill bin Laden, the New York Daily News reported. The book also depicts the president as a man surrounded by strong women, including Clinton, his wife, Michelle, and longtime friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett.Bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs inside his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011.Author Miniter is a former reporter with 'The Wall Street Journal' and 'The Washington Post'.The book says that a colonel in the Pakistan's spy agency ISI had provided vital help to the CIA in tracing the al-Qaeda leader. The book also claims that Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani may have been briefed by the US on its operation to kill Osama bin Laden, some five months in advance.The new book also says that land of the Abbottabad compound, where the al-Qaeda leader lived with his family, was "carved out" from the Pakistan military academy compound."A colonel in Pakistan's feared intelligence service, the Inter-Services Institute or ISI, provided vital help in locating bin Laden when he walked into the CIA's Islamabad station in August 2010," the book adds."And Pakistan's Army chief of staff may have been briefed in December 2010, five months before the nighttime raid on bin Laden's concrete castle."Far from taking a risk, there are indications that a cover story had been developed with the Pakistani military and that Obama had their tacit consent for the mission," claims Miniter. "In a never-before-reported account, Pakistan was more involved in the bin Laden operation than Obama's team admitted. When the CIA revealed that an ISI colonel had contacted the CIA in Islamabad and offered information about bin Laden, a debate followed," it says. Miniter, who wrote a book published in 2003 about President Bill Clinton's failure to go after bin Laden.While Obama first wanted better intelligence during 2009 on bin Laden's whereabouts and then debated how to proceed, Clinton in her weekly meetings with him urged him to action, Miniter said."She knew her husband had paid a political price for failing to stop bin Laden before the September 11 attacks," Miniter said. "She knew Obama's presidency could be mortally wounded if he had bin Laden in his gun sights and didn't fire."Jarrett, meanwhile, was more concerned the president would pay a big political price if a raid went wrong, the New York Post said.The book attempts to undercut one of Obama's biggest military and foreign policy successes.

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