Pentagon official urges Pakistan to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation

10:37, May 06, 2011      

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Pakistan needs to strengthen its counterterrorism cooperation with the United States, a senior Pentagon official said on Thursday.

Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, said U. S. government officials are talking with the Pakistanis to try to understand "what they knew and what they didn't know" with regard to Osama bin Laden hiding in a compound not far from the capital city of Islamabad, according to the American Forces Press Service affiliated with the Pentagon.

"We have no definitive evidence at this point that they knew if Osama bin Laden was at this compound," she said in remarks at the Aspen Institute.

The killing of the al-Qaida leader will "incentivize further cooperation with our counterterrorism partners -- not only Pakistan, but around the world," Flournoy said. "This is a real moment of opportunity for us in making further gains against al- Qaida."

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Sunday night that bin Laden was killed in a U.S. raid on his compound near Islamabad. Pakistani authorities insisted they did not know the hideout of the terrorist mastermind, which was highly suspected by many in the United States.

Source: Xinhua
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