Death of bin Laden – details pouring in

The Secret Team that Killed bin Laden
By Marc Ambinder National Journal

From Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan, the modified MH-60 helicopters made their way to the garrison suburb of Abbottabad, about 30 miles from the center of Islamabad. Aboard were Navy SEALs, flown across the border from Afghanistan, along with tactical signals, intelligence collectors, and navigators using highly classified hyperspectral imagers.

Behind The Hunt For Bin Laden
(New York Times)
Mark Mazzetti, Helene Cooper and Peter Baker
For years, the agonizing search for Osama bin Laden kept coming up empty. Then last July, Pakistanis working for the Central Intelligence Agency drove up behind a white Suzuki navigating the bustling streets near Peshawar, Pakistan, and wrote down the car’s license plate. The man in the car was Bin Laden’s most trusted courier, and over the next month C.I.A. operatives would track him throughout central Pakistan.

U.S. Rolled Dice In Bin Laden Raid
(Wall Street Journal)
Siobhan Gorman and Adam Entous
As two Black Hawk helicopters packed with American special forces skimmed their way across a moonless sky toward Osama bin Laden’s lair, the mission’s planners still weren’t even sure their target lived there.

The World is Safer
(Washington Post)
Scott Wilson and Anne E. Kornblut
The Obama administration presented new details Monday about the death of Osama bin Laden, portraying the spiritual leader of al-Qaeda as a reclusive figure who had lived in relative luxury and whose final moments had finally exposed his cowardice.

Bin Laden discovered ‘hiding in plain sight’
(Washington Post)
Greg Miller and Joby Warrick
Half an hour had passed on the ground, but the American commandos raiding Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani hideaway had yet to find their long-sought target. Two of bin Laden’s protectors were already dead, shot by the Navy SEALs carrying out the raid, and one of the U.S. helicopters sat crippled in the courtyard.

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