WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Monday sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting “details as to the extent of the cooperation received from the Pakistanis and their role in the final operation” that led to the death of Osama bin Laden given “the discovery that bin Laden was living in comfortable surroundings merely 35 miles from Islamabad.” This revelation about bin Laden’s whereabouts, Corker writes, “calls into question whether or not the Pakistanis had knowledge that he was there and did not share that knowledge.”
The attached letter reads:
“Osama bin Laden’s death finally puts an end to an unspeakable reign of terror carried out by the man responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks and the deaths of thousands of Americans and innocent civilians around the world, but questions about the role of Pakistan and the true depth of our partnership remain.
“For some time, relations between the U.S. and Pakistan have been tense yet endured many trials. The United States is fighting a war in Afghanistan against terrorists largely based in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with little noticeable support from the Pakistanis to target those actors most harmful to our success.
“As I understand from President Obama’s speech last evening, the Pakistanis provided some cooperation in the operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. That said, the discovery that bin Laden was living in comfortable surroundings merely 35 miles from Islamabad calls into question whether or not the Pakistanis had knowledge that he was there and did not share that knowledge. The claim had been he was difficult to find because he was hiding in the mountains.
“I hope that in the coming days you will provide details as to the extent of the cooperation received from the Pakistanis and their role in the final operation.”
In a statement Monday, Corker said, “We're tremendously proud of our military and intelligence services who successfully executed a dangerous operation that resulted in a major victory for the fight against terrorism. While the threats against the U.S. remain, bin Laden’s death sends a powerful message to the world that we will not rest until justice is done.”