Afghanistan has been saying for a long time that Osama must be hiding in Pakistan, and yet the war in the country has gone on for ten years, and the Allied troops intend to stay on, though he WAS in fact found in Pakistan.
Afghan leaders feel vindicated as their longtime claim that al Qaeda and Taliban leaders enjoy safe haven in Pakistan was proven.
In coming days, we will see Afghan leaders put pressure on the US and NATO forces to scale back operations inside Afghanistan and focus instead on eliminating terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan.
Do you think Bin Laden's death will have an impact on the war in Afghanistan?
The death of bin Laden will definitely have a great psychological impact on the Taliban and it will boost the morale of foreign and Afghan forces fighting in the country.
But it will not play a decisive role in shaping the outcome of war there. Despite close ties with al Qaeda, the Taliban did not operate under the leadership of bin Laden.
On the contrary, we will see more intense fighting in Afghanistan in the months ahead. On Saturday, the Taliban announced their long-awaited spring offensive, and (now) they have vowed to avenge the death of bin Laden as well. So we will see more spectacular attacks and suicide bombings in the coming days.
Is there a sense of resentment among Afghans that the American attempt to find Osama killed so many people in that country, despite Karzai's office saying repeatedly that Osama was in Pakistan?
The Afghans have repeatedly voiced frustration with the United States for not forcing Pakistan to eliminate the terrorist sanctuaries on its soil.
Afghan leaders are dismayed that Pakistan plays a double game in Afghanistan but the United States still treats Pakistan as an ally in the war in terrorism.
The killing of bin Laden further proves the Afghans' claims that the root of terrorism is inside Pakistan and that Afghanistan is only the action theatre.
(In Image) The hideout: Pakistani soldiers keep guard near the building where Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed.
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