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A view of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad,

ISLAMABAD,  Aug 7,2013 (Obaid Khan / UPI Next) — Pakistanis are greeting with criticism and skepticism an official probe that found that Pakistani authorities’ incompetence was behind both al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s ability to find refuge in the country for nine years and U.S. forces’ ability to enter the country in a raid that resulted in the killing of bin Laden.

The 336-page report by the five-member Abbottabad Commission has not been released officially but was posted by Al Jazeera last month. It concluded that civil and military authorities’ negligence allowed bin Laden to hide in Pakistan after fleeing the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States. The report also said the Pakistan government’s response “before, during and after” the May 2011 U.S. raid “appears in large part to be a story of complacency, ignorance, negligence, incompetence, irresponsibility at various levels inside and outside the government.”

It also found Pakistani authorities “showed no particular desire to discharge their responsibility to take charge of counterterrorism and the search for Osama bin Laden”

Read more Pakistanis Skeptical of Report on bin Laden – UPI.com.

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