January 7, 2013 |
Zero Dark Thirty is impressively spellbinding, even though everyone knows the ending. But the on-screen drama hasn't stymied the offscreen controversy surrounding the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden. It's funny that the initial criticism came, sight unseen, from the right. Critics of President Obama feared the movie would be a valentine to him in the midst of the campaign. Instead, its release was delayed until next weekend (with a limited release before the new year)
May 24, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA hunt for Osama bin Laden was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years in prison for treason in an administrative action under colonial-era laws that avoided a public trial. The move brought condemnation in Washington, where officials had been hoping to win freedom for Shakil Afridi, whom Pakistani intelligence agents detained three weeks after the May 2, 2011, U.S. special forces raid in the northern town of Abbottabad that ended in bin Laden's death.
February 15, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The family of Osama bin Laden's youngest wife has asked the chief justice of Pakistan to order authorities to release her children and her and let them return to Yemen, nine months after the U.S. special forces raid that killed the al-Qaeda founder. Zakaria Ahmad al-Sadah, brother of Amal al-Sadah, bin Laden's Yemeni wife, said in an interview that he had appealed directly to the activist chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, as a "last resort" after spending three fruitless months in Pakistan seeking her release.
May 4, 2011 |
ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan - The two men who built the compound in which Osama bin Laden had been living had explained its unusually thick walls by saying they had been involved in a violent feud in their home village and needed to prevent their women from being seen, in accordance with strict Islamic custom, local residents said. Residents said the two were brothers who identified themselves usually as Arshad and Tariq Khan, though they also went by the names of Rashid, Ahmed, and Nadeem.
October 7, 2011 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A Pakistani doctor accused of running a vaccination program for the CIA to help find Osama bin Laden should be put on trial for high treason, a government commission said Thursday, a move likely to anger U.S. officials pushing for his release. Shakil Afridi has been in the custody of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency since soon after the May 2 American raid that killed bin Laden. The agency was humiliated and outraged by the covert American operation and is aggressively investigating the circumstances surrounding it. Afridi's fate is a complicating issue in relations between the CIA and the ISI that were strained to the breaking point by the bin Laden raid.
June 16, 2011 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - U.S. and Pakistani officials acknowledged Wednesday that Pakistan has arrested several of its own citizens who helped the CIA spy on the house where Osama bin Laden was hiding out. Among those arrested may be the occupant of a large house about 100 yards behind the bin Laden compound, in Abbottabad. The house's watchtowers would have provided a clear view of the walled compound where bin Laden is suspected of having lived for perhaps as long as five years.
February 23, 2012
Ex-IMF chief questioned, freed PARIS - French police released former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday after nearly 30 hours in custody for questioning about a suspected hotel prostitution ring. Strauss-Kahn, 62, is expected to be summoned again next month by judges who will decide if there is enough evidence to press charges in the case, judicial officials said. The questioning renewed attention on the dalliances of Strauss-Kahn, a one-time French presidential hopeful whose political career all but ended last spring over a New York hotel maid's allegations that he sexually assaulted her. French police are investigating a suspected prostitution ring that has implicated police and other officials.
September 7, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Authorities have ordered all six foreign workers with the Save the Children aid group to leave the country, after alleging ties between the group and a Pakistani doctor enlisted by the CIA to help track down Osama bin Laden. A spokesman for Save the Children's offices in Pakistan, Ghulam Qadri, said Thursday that the order was issued by the Interior Ministry. Authorities had previously accused the group of helping to make a connection between Shakeel Afridi and U.S. officials, who were searching for someone to assist in confirming bin Laden's whereabouts in the military city of Abbottabad, a two-hour drive north of Islamabad.
November 1, 2012 |
Who would have ever thought that revenge would be a dish best served on the National Geographic Channel? While Nat Geo may not seem like the logical home for Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden , this gripping film would be worth watching if it were on HGTV. Actually, the makers of Seal Team Six have taken more heat for their timing than for their carrier. Romneyites have been complaining that debuting this film just before Election Day gives the president a substantial PR boost, highlighting as it does one of the signal accomplishments of his administration.
July 13, 2011 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Obama administration is pressing Pakistan to release a doctor who was arrested for working for the CIA to help confirm that Osama bin Laden lived in Abbottabad, officials said, but the doctor's fate has become ensnared in the bitter tensions between Islamabad and Washington. U.S.-Pakistan relations, strained after the May 2 raid to kill bin Laden, were pushed further toward the breaking point Tuesday when Pakistan's defense minister threatened to pull the country's soldiers off the border with Afghanistan.