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Bin Laden compound

The Abbotabad, Pakistan, compound and surrounding area where U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden last week previously had been used by Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence Service Directorate, or ISI, as a safe house, well-informed sources have said in a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin

The confirmation increases the likelihood that his presence not only was known by the government ISI, but also that there was a level of protection being provided, possibly including that from the highest political levels of the Pakistani government, according to the sources.

The compound, with its 18-foot high walls, housed bin Laden for about six years and was only 800 meters from Pakistan’s military academy – the equivalent of West Point in the U.S.

It was constructed in 2005 when there were even fewer houses in the area.

In addition, there were homes of active duty and former ISI officers surrounding the facility. Concern has surfaced how bin Laden could have been in such surroundings without anyone in the Pakistani military or intelligence service having any knowledge of his presence – and over such a long period of time.

Sources say that elements of Pakistan’s ISI, who have close relations with al-Qaida and its ally, the Taliban, had to have known about his presence there.

“Nothing in the Af-Pak region goes unnoticed by the ISI, and if bin Laden managed to play hide-and-seek with the world all this while, it was only thanks to ISI’s patronage,” another source said.

These sources point to the fact that bin Laden not only had such a support system but he appeared to have confidence in that support system, since he didn’t display any armed protection around him.

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