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Report: Phone Recovered in Bin Laden Raid Sheds New Light on Pakistan's Role

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Bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where a U.S. raid last month killed him.(AFP Photo)

A cell phone recovered during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound and belonging to his courier held contacts to a militant group with strong ties to Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the New York Times reports.

American officials who have been briefed on the discovery told the Times that the findings indicate bin Laden used the group Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen -- mentored under Pakistan's spy agency -- as part of his support network in the country. The finding adds to mounting concerns that Pakistani officials may have aided bin Laden, who for years lived comfortably in close proximity to the country’s top military base.

 

Although calls traced on the cell phone confirm that Harakat commanders had been in communication with Pakistani intelligence officials, the officials noted that there was no immediately damning proof that the contacts were bin Laden-related, or that the country’s spy agency had protected him.

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