Pakistan Cops to ‘Shortcomings’ in bin Laden Hunt

Even as army orders reduction in US forces, as some question legality of raid
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2011 11:04 AM CDT
Pakistan army soldiers patrol the area around Osama bin Laden's residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Aqeel Ahmed)

(Newser) – Pakistan's army today admitted to "shortcomings in developing intelligence on the presence" of Osama bin Laden, then promptly ordered a reduction in US military in the country to "minimum essential" levels. The reduction is apparently meant to protest the independent US raid on bin Laden's compound, which has been criticized in Pakistan as violating that country's sovereignty, the AP reports. Pakistan earlier warned of "disastrous consequences" if the US carries out other, similar raids in the future.

Despite the admitted shortcomings, Pakistan's army says the country's Inter-Services Intelligence agency gave initial information to the CIA. In its statement, the first since the raid, the army threatened that if the US carries out more raids like Sunday's, it will review its cooperation with Washington. The Washington Post notes that Pakistan's foreign minister also appeared to question whether the US raid was legal, citing UN Security Council resolutions and suggesting the raid may have breached international law.

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