May 2, 2011 / 6:18 PM / 8 years ago

Inconceivable Osama had no support in Pakistan: White House

Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan speaks to the press after President Barack Obama made a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington October 29, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top White House official said it was “inconceivable” Osama bin Laden had not had a support system to help him inside Pakistan, but he declined to speculate if there had been any official Pakistani aid.

John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top counter terrorism adviser, also told reporters that the U.S. commandos on the raid had been ready to take the al Qaeda leader alive if that had been possible.

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Alister Bull, editing by Sandra Maler

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