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An alliance of 200 US aid groups has written to the head of the CIA to protest against its use of a doctor to help track Osama bin Laden, linking the agency’s ploy to the polio crisis in Pakistan.

The country recorded the highest number of polio cases in the world last year, a health catastrophe that threatens to spiral out of control.

The CIA was unsure whether the al-Qaida chief was really living in Abbottabad. Afridi used nurses to go house to house to offer vaccinations for hepatitis, managing to gain entry to the house where Bin Laden was suspected of living. The idea may have come from the fact that a nurse had in the past managed to get into the Bin Laden compound to administer polio drops to the many children living there – his children and grandchildren, it turned out.

Source: Read the rest of Saeed Shah’s report at Guardian.co.uk.

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