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ISI helped Osama escape from Tora Bora, says report

Pakistan's military-run ISI could have provided protection to slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden for a period of time, suggests the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine.
Former Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh told the magazine’ writer Dexter Filkins, a Pulitzer prize winner, that an ISI operative Syed Akbar Sabir had escorted Osama from the Pakistani region of Chitral to Peshawar, passing through Kunar Province, in Afghanistan, along the way. “We believed that he was part of the ISI operation to care for Osama,” Saleh, who directed the Afghan intelligence service from 2004 to 2010, said.

He said the ISI operative had been arrested by Afghan intelligence in 2005. The article talks about another ISI agent Fida Muhammad, who too had been arrested by Afghan intelligence agents. Muhammad said his most memorable job came in December, 2001, when he was part of a large ISI operation intended to help jihadi fighters escape from Tora Bora — the mountainous region where Osama was trapped for several weeks, until he mysteriously slipped away.

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