On the night of May 1, 2011, US special forces launched a raid deep into Pakistani territory to capture or kill al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. On President Barack Obama’s orders, US soldiers flew via helicopter to the Pakistani army garrison town of Abbottabad, where their intelligence indicated he was hiding out. In the process of raiding the compound, Bin Laden and four others were killed. Several people were wounded.
Pakistan’s military and political leaders were furious at the unilateral action by the United States, and set up a Commission to examine both "how the US was able to execute a hostile military mission which lasted around three hours deep inside Pakistan", and how Pakistan’s "intelligence establishment apparently had no idea that an international fugitive of the renown or notoriety of [Osama bin Laden] was residing in [Abbottabad]". In an Al Jazeera exclusive, the results of the Abbottabad Commission are now being made public. The Commission’s 336-page report is scathing, holding both politicians and the military responsible for "gross incompetence", leading to "collective failures" that allowed Bin Laden to escape detection, and the United States to perpetrate "an act of war".
Join us as we examine and debate the contents of the report, with insight and analysis from government officials and experts from both Pakistan and the United States.
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