Ten years' ago Osama Bin Laden was killed in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan -- a stone's throw from the Pakistan Military Academy, their version of West Point. The statement below mentions Afghanistan three times; Pakistan not once. Why? 1/4
By May 2011 Bin Laden had been living in Pakistan for over nine years. He founded Al Qaida at Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1988 in response to a previous US withdrawal from the region. The terrorist group responsible for 9/11 & countless other attacks is still based in Pakistan. 2/4
The whole world was shocked to learn Bin Laden had lived comfortably for so long as a guest of Pakistan's military, whose proxy war in Afghanistan through Al Qaida, the Haqqanis & Taliban has cost the lives of over 3,500 NATO & coalition soldiers -- 2/3 of them American. 3/4
Bin Laden was not found at "the gates of hell," but rather in Abbottabad, whose academy's graduates oversee proxy war in Afghanistan -- a war that will only end when the US & its allies sanction those responsible in Pakistan, as we did after Putin's invasion of Ukraine. 4/4

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