Obama urges Pakistan to investigate support for Bin Laden, Pakistani PM denies collusion accusations

U.S. after Zawahiri based on content in Bin Laden’s computer

London hands over Bin Laden aide to U.S.

Awlaki escapes attempt in Yemen

Osama bin Laden likely had "some sort" of a support network inside Pakistan, President Barack Obama said, but added it will take investigations by Pakistan and the United States to find out the nature of that support.

Obama's interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" program comes a week after bin Laden was killed by U.S. commandos in a garrison town a short drive from Islamabad, raising questions about whether Pakistan's government had known of the al Qaeda leader's whereabouts.

"We think that there had to be some sort of support network for bin Laden inside of Pakistan. But we don't know who or what that support network was," Obama said.

"We don't know whether there might have been some people inside of government, people outside of government, and that's something that we have to investigate, and more importantly, the Pakistani government has to investigate," he added.

Asked whether he did not warn the Pakistani government or the military, or even the Pakistani intelligence community, of the impending raid, because he did not trust them, Obama replied: "I didn't tell most people here in the White House. I didn't tell my own family. It was that important for us to maintain operational security. If I'm not revealing to some of my closest aides what we're doing, then I sure as heck am not going to be revealing it to folks who I don't know."

Obama said he agonized over the decision to go ahead with the mission for fear of the loss of American life and because it was inside sovereign Pakistan.

"And so if it turns out that it's a wealthy, you know, prince from Dubai who's in this compound and, you know, we've sent special forces in -- we've got problems," he said.

But he added: "The one thing I didn't lose sleep over was the possibility of taking bin Laden out. Justice was done. And I think that anyone who would question that the perpetrator of mass murder on American soil -- didn't deserve what he got needs to have their head examined."

Pakistan's government has "indicated they have a profound interest in finding out what kinds of support networks bin Laden might have had," Obama said. "But ... it's going to take some time for us to be able to exploit the intelligence that we were able to gather on site."

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is scheduled to "take the nation into confidence" in parliament, his first statement to the people more than a week after the attack on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, 30 miles north of Islamabad, embarrassed the country and raised fears of a new rift between Islamabad and Washington.

Suspicion has deepened that Pakistan's pervasive Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, which has a long history of contacts with militant groups, may have had ties with the al Qaeda leader -- or that some of its agents did.

Pakistan has dismissed such suggestions and says it has paid the highest price in human life and money supporting the U.S. war on militancy launched after bin Laden's followers staged the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, told ABC's "This Week" program his government would act on the results of the investigation. "And heads will roll, once the investigation has been completed. Now, if those heads are rolled on account of incompetence, we will share that information with you. And if, God forbid, somebody's complicity is discovered, there will be zero tolerance for that, as well."

The ambassador said Pakistan had "many Jihadi has-beens from the 1980s who are still alive and well and kicking, and some of them could have been helping them, but they are not in the state or government of Pakistan today."

Pakistani security officials reacted with skepticism to a U.S. assertion that bin Laden was actively engaged in directing his far-flung network from his compound in Abbottabad where he was killed on May 2.

Washington has said that, based on a trove of documents the size of a small college library and computer equipment seized in the raid, bin Laden's hide-out was an "active command and control center" for al Qaeda where he was involved in plotting future attacks on the United States.

Pakistani officials said the fact that there was no Internet connection or even telephone line into the compound where the world's most-wanted man was hiding raised doubts about his centrality to al Qaeda.

"It sounds ridiculous," said a senior Pakistani intelligence official. "It doesn't sound like he was running a terror network."

Analysts have long maintained that, years before bin Laden's death, al Qaeda had fragmented into a decentralized group that operated tactically without him.

Last week, the White House released five video clips of bin Laden taken from the compound, most of them showing the al Qaeda leader, his beard dyed black, evidently rehearsing the video-taped speeches he sometimes distributed to his followers.

None of the videos were released with sound. A U.S. intelligence official said it had been removed because the United States did not want to transmit bin Laden's propaganda. But he said they contained the usual criticism of the United States as well as capitalism.

While several video segments showed him rehearsing, one showed an aging and gray-bearded bin Laden in a scruffy room, wrapped in a blanket and wearing a ski cap while watching videotapes of himself.

"This compound in Abbottabad was an active command and control center for al Qaeda's top leader and it's clear ... that he was not just a strategic thinker for the group," the U.S. intelligence official said in Washington. "He was active in operational planning and in driving tactical decisions."

The dueling narratives of bin Laden reflect Washington's and Islamabad's interests in peddling their own versions of bin Laden's hidden life behind the walls of his compound.

Stressing bin Laden's weakness makes his discovery just a few minutes' walk from a military academy less embarrassing for Pakistan, but playing up his importance makes the U.S. operation all the more victorious.

The competing claims came as senior Pakistani officials said bin Laden may have lived in Pakistan for more than seven years before he was shot dead.

One of bin Laden's widows, Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, told investigators bin Laden and his family had spent five years in Abbottabad.

Abdulfattah, along with two other wives and several children, were among 15 or 16 people detained by Pakistani authorities at the compound after the raid.

She said that before Abbottabad, bin Laden had stayed in a nearby village for nearly 2-1/2 years.

Terming the killing of Osama bin Laden the most significant achievement against the al-Qaeda, a top White House official said the U.S. was now looking for his deputy, Ayman al Zawahiri, who is likely to be the new chief of the terror outfit.

“Al Zawahiri will be the next number one terrorist that we're looking for in the world. But we have a broad and global effort,” National Security Advisor Tom Donilon told CNN in an interview.

The U.S. has demanded access from Pakistan to all non-combatants, including Osama bin Laden's three wives, detained by the Pakistani authorities, and additional materials recovered from the Abbottabad compound where Osama was living for the last six years. Talking to ABC News, Mr. Donilon said: “We need to work with them [Pakistan] on assessing all the evidence…”

Khalid al-Fawwaz, a Saudi man accused of aiding Osama bin Laden in the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, is to extradite to the US after being in the British custody for over 12 years.

The al-Qaeda leader's right-hand in London is to stand at the US court after the prosecutors in New York have charged him with assisting bin Laden to organize the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, which resulted in the death of 224 people.

In a letter to Judge Lewis Kaplan, US lawyer David Kirby has asked the Manhattan federal court to assign him as Khalid al-Fawwaz's U.S. defense lawyer. However, Judge Kaplan has rejected the demand, asking the lawyer to apply again when al-Fawwaz has entered the US.

Meanwhile al-Fawwaz has been struggling against his extradition to the US, rejecting the accusations of being al-Qaeda's British arm. Claiming his extradition to the U.S. “supermax” prisons will be “inhuman or degrading treatment.”

In a letter published last week, Lewis Kaplan announced that, "He [al Fawwaz] anticipates extradition from the United Kingdom to the United States within the next few months to face these charges."

The US lawyer claimed that he has contacted the Saudi national's British Lawyers who have taken his case to the European court of Human Rights in order to dispute over al Fawwaz's detention condition in the US.

“I think he's exhausted all of his avenues of appeal and now it's going to the court of human rights. He's been in custody on the extradition since 1998 and charges have been pending since then,” Kirby said.

The 1998 bombing of the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 US nationals. Over 4,500 people were also injured in the near-simultaneous events.

US prosecutors have claimed that al-Fawwaz has largely aided the al-Qaeda leader in the global conspiracy against the Americans, since al Fawwaz established a media information office in London in 1994 to publish bin Laden's statements, and several threats against the Americans.

A U.S. military drone fired a missile within the last two days in Yemen aimed at the U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, but the strike did not appear to have killed him, a U.S. official told CNN.

The missile was fired at an area in southern Yemen that al-Awlaki is known to have frequented, the official said.

The targeting information was not the result of information gathered from the seizure of materials from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, the official said.

A U.S. defense official confirmed that the drone was under the control of the American military -- not the CIA.

Inside al-Qaeda succession: Who is likely to step up? The defense official said the strike appeared to have killed two al Qaeda operatives affiliated with al-Awlaki.

Al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico and preached at a mosque in Virginia before leaving the United States for Yemen.

Early this year, a Yemeni court sentenced al-Awlaki in absentia to 10 years in prison for charges of inciting to kill foreigners.

Prosecutors charged al-Awlaki and two others with "forming an armed gang" to target foreign officers and law enforcement in November.

Western intelligence officials believe al-Awlaki is a senior leader of al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, which claimed responsibility for the attempt to ship explosives into the United States via cargo planes late last year.

U.S. officials say al-Awlaki helped recruit Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a transatlantic flight as it landed in Detroit, Michigan, on December 25, 2009. The militant cleric is also said to have exchanged e-mails with accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hassan.

Last year, YouTube removed a number of video clips featuring al-Awlaki that it found to be inciting violence.

Attorneys for al-Awlaki's father, Dr. Nasser al-Awlaki, tried to persuade U.S. District Court Judge John Bates in Washington to issue an injunction last year preventing the government from the targeted killing of al-Awlaki in Yemen.

But Bates dismissed the case in December, ruling that Nasser al-Awlaki did not have standing to sue.

In a November hearing, lawyers for the U.S. government refused to confirm that the cleric was on a secret "kill list" or that such a list even exists.

Obama's counterterrorism chief, Michael Leiter, has said al-Awlaki posed a bigger threat to the U.S. homeland than bin Laden did.

But al-Awlaki is considered a long shot to replace bin Laden as leader of al Qaeda, according to CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank.

Though al-Awlaki is a powerful charismatic preacher for bin Laden's cause and an important figure within al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, he possesses none of the combat track record that al Qaeda members over the years have prized in their leaders.