Former U.S. President Bill Clinton prevented the killing of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan
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The former agents of the Central Intelligence Agency have revealed that the former President Bill Clinton prevented the killing of Al-Qaeda Network founder Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
Bob Grenier, the former CIA station chief based in Islamabad, discussed the revelation in the newshowtime documentary, The Lonest War which was released on Tuesday.
He further explained that CIA was permitted to engage in “lethal activity” against the terrorist leader but could not perform a strike with the explicit purpose of killing him.
“We were being asked to remove this threat to the United States essentially with one hand tied behind our backs,” Grenier added.
Grenier also added that CIA had a specific opportunity to eliminate bin Laden using intelligence sourced from tribal networks in Afghanistan.
“Our tribal contacts came to us, and they said, ‘Look, he’s in this location now. When he leaves, he’s going to have to go through this particular crossroads.’ And so what they proposed was to bury a huge cache of explosives underneath those crossroads so that when his convoy came through, they could simply blow it up,” Grenier recounted.
However, he added that “And we said, ‘Absolutely not.’ We were risking jail if we didn’t tell them that.”
This comes as Clinton had signed an order which would prevent the CIA from organizing a kill operation against al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Clinton had earlier acknowledged that he was in a position to kill bin Laden but claimed that doing so would have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people in the Afghan city of Kandahar.
Source: Khaama Press