Obama cancelled three operations to kill Osama

Aug 22, 2012, 10:07 IST | Agencies

US President Barack Obama cancelled three operations to kill Osama bin Laden before finally going ahead with the mission at the insistence of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a new book has claimed.

The damning allegations are mentioned in a new book: Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him, written by journalist Rich Miniter.  Miniter has cited an unnamed source within the Joint Special Operations Command who revealed that three ‘kill’ missions were cancelled by Obama in January, February and March 2011.

Mum’s the word: According to the new book, Obama was undecided whether to kill Osama bin Laden. File Pic

In his book, Miniter has portrayed Clinton as the main force behind killing bin Laden. Miniter said that Clinton’s alliances with Leon Panetta, then CIA director and now Pentagon chief, and David Petraeus, then head of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan and now at the helm at the CIA, played critical roles in bringing bin Laden to justice.

He added that Obama was ‘studiously undecided’ about whether to kill the mastermind of 9/11. “He refused to weigh in or commit himself on even small matters related to a possible strike on bin Laden,” the book said.

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