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Pakistan Threatens US; Bin Laden Killing was in "Cold Blood"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The killing of Osama Bin Laden is straining ties between the United States and Pakistan, with one official saying the death was in "cold blood," and warnings against similar raids in the future.

Following revelations that the 40-minute "firefight" between Navy Seals and Bin Laden's people was not as intense as initially described, a senior Pakistani security official told Reuters of the killing, "It was cold-blooded."

U.S. officials have now been quoted as saying that only one person fired at the Seals, and only briefly as the assault team arrived.

And in its first comment since the raid, Pakistan's army threatened to stop cooperating with the U.S. if it repeats the action.

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"Any similar action violating the sovereignty of Pakistan will warrant a review on the level of military/intelligence cooperation with the United States," the army said.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Salman Bashir said, "There shall no be any doubt that any repetition of such an act will have disastrous consequences. We feel that that sort of misadventure or miscalculation would result in a terrible catastrophe."

The relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan has long been filled with suspicions. The International Business Times reports that CIA chief Leon Panetta said he didn’t trust Pakistani officials while planning the raid on Bin Laden’s compound. There has been speculation that Pakistan’s intelligence authorities have been in close contact with terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she is working to maintain a friendly relationship between the countries.

"It is not always an easy relationship. You know that," she said. "But, on the other hand, it is a productive one for both our countries and we are going to continue to cooperate between our governments, our militaries, our law-enforcement agencies, but most importantly between the American and Pakistani people."