Washington (CNN) – Democratic Sen. John Kerry said it is time to stop questioning the exact occurrences in Osama bin Laden’s house before his death in Abbottabad, Pakistan, at the hand of U.S. Navy SEALs.
“I thinks those SEALs did exactly what they should have done,” the senator from Massachusetts and 2004 presidential nominee said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And we need to shut up and move on about, you know, the realities of what happened in that building.”
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden had a group of supporters within Pakistan helping to keep the al Qaeda leader secure for years, despite an American-led international manhunt that extended for nearly a decade with Islamabad's ostensible support.
Top U.S. officials insist Pakistan remains a critical U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism, but are demanding answers to troubling about questions bin Laden's presence in that country over the course of the last six years.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Richard Lugar continued on Sunday to question what Pakistan knew in the lead-up to Osama bin Laden's capture, saying it seems "logical" that people in the country were aware of his location.
"It appears to me very logical that if Osama bin Laden was in that home for six years of time, in a group of people that were connected with the military, then a lot of people in Pakistan knew about his whereabouts," the Indiana senator said on CNN's "State of the Union."'
Washington (CNN) - The fact that Osama bin Laden was found in Pakistan continued to be a hot topic on Capital Hill on Thursday among lawmakers from both chambers and both sides of the aisle.
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that was planned before the death of bin Laden, Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., asked what seems to be on everyone's mind.
Washington (CNN) – California Sen. Dianne Feinstein revealed Monday that Osama bin Laden and his family could have lived on a compound in Pakistan for up to six years.
Telling a group of reporters the Senate Intelligence committee has been briefed on bin Laden’s possible whereabouts for some time, she said, “The fact that it didn’t leak is really special and shows that each member is carrying out its duties.”
Washington (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday morning that he and six other senators are on their way home after a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
McConnell was joined on the trip by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Marco Rubio of Florida and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is set to huddle behind closed doors with his national security team Tuesday to review the administration's policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan - one day after the unexpected death of his diplomatic point man for the region.
Veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, America's special envoy to the so-called "AfPak" region, died Monday while being treated at a Washington hospital for a tear in his aorta.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A prominent Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is praising President Barack Obama's approach to fighting terrorism in Pakistan.
However, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is also worried that conservatives and liberals could join forces to undermine Obama's efforts in Afghanistan.
Obama has set July 2011 as the target date to begin to draw down the additional troops he's surged into Afghanistan. But, in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Graham predicted that conditions may not allow the troops to begin to come home by that date.
"[G]enerally speaking, this time next summer, we're still going to be engaged in one hell of a fight," Graham said. "We're going to need every troop we have today, I think, still in Afghanistan next year."
According to Graham, it will be clear by the end of this year where things stand in Afghanistan.
(CNN) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a major aid package for Pakistan on Monday - with hundreds of millions of dollars pledged on projects to address the country's water and power shortage, and its floundering economy.
Clinton made the announcement at the beginning of a day-long "strategic dialogue" in Islamabad on the second day of her visit to the South Asian country.
The projects, which Clinton called "long-term investment in Pakistan's future," include the construction of several dams, improvements to hydroelectric power plants and the country's power grid, and the construction or renovation of three medical facilities.
(CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Pakistan early Sunday for a visit aimed at improving relations between the two nations.
Her visit through Asia will include an international conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, and stops in South Korea and Vietnam. Clinton is expected to emphasize the need for better Pakistan-Afghanistan relations to help battle insurgents in tribal regions along their borders.
During the Pakistan leg of her trip, she will meet with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari.
Clinton, who landed in Islamabad, will highlight the need for a closer relationship with Pakistan.