Friday, May 20, 2011

CIA used stealth drones in Pakistan to monitor Osama’s compound

Washington: The CIA conducted secret flights of stealth drones over the Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad for months before the May 02 Navy SEALs raid that led to killing of al-Qaeda chief, an American newspaper quoted sources as saying.

The sources said that the sophisticated stealth drones allowed the CIA to go undetected beyond the boundaries that Pakistan has imposed on other US drones that carried out attacks in its tribal region near Afghan border.

The agency turned to the new stealth aircraft "because they needed to see more about what was going on" than other surveillance platforms allowed, said a former U.S. official familiar with the details of the operation. "It's not like you can just park a Predator overhead — the Pakistanis would know," added the former official, who, , spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the program.

Details: The News Tribe

Shahzad Afzal

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