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Bin Laden bodyguard's satellite phone calls helped lead US forces to hiding place

Pakistani intelligence sources told the Monitor that US intelligence intercepted satellite phone calls made by Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, which helped lead US forces to his hiding place.

Surrounded by red fabric, the Abbottabad compound is seen where Osama bin Laden has been living, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Monday, May 2.

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Satellite phone calls that Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard made from July to August last year are believed to have helped US forces hunt down the Al Qaeda leader in the Pakistani compound where he was killed early Monday, according to local Pakistani intelligence sources.

US intelligence agencies tracked the Kuwaiti bodyguard's calls from the compound to Al Qaeda associates in the cities of Kohat and Charsada in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, a narrative that was corroborated by several sources.

Their names and titles could not be disclosed because of sensitivities surrounding the operation, including whether the Pakistani government had any knowledge of it. The Pakistani government has not taken any clear stance as yet on the operation. The sources' information has provided the Monitor new details of the intelligence process that led to bin Laden's capture.

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