How they got Osama Bin Laden

The USA tell us many months of behind the scenes intelligence led to his “Assassination” in the Pakistan town of Abbottabad. I thought it was like over 10 years to catch the No.1 Criminal in the world…

HELICOPTERS descended out of darkness on the most important counter-terrorism mission in US history. It was an operation so secret that only a select few US officials knew what was about to happen.

A picture reportedly showing Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan

The location was a fortified compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad. The target was Osama bin Laden.

Intelligence officials discovered the compound in August while monitoring an al-Qa’ida courier. The CIA had been hunting that courier for years, ever since detainees told interrogators that the courier was so trusted by bin Laden that he might very well be living with the  al-Qa’ida leader.

Nestled in an affluent neighbourhood, the compound was surrounded by walls as high as 5.5m, topped with barbed wire. Two security gates guarded the only way in. A third-floor terrace was shielded by a seven-foot privacy wall. No phone lines or internet cables ran to the property.

The residents burned their garbage rather than put it out for collection. Intelligence officials believed the million-dollar compound had been built five years ago to protect a major terrorist figure. The question was, who?

The CIA asked itself again and again who might be living behind those walls. Each time, they concluded it was almost certainly bin Laden.

US President Barack Obama described the operation in broad strokes today. Details were provided in interviews with counter-terrorism and intelligence authorities, senior administration officials and other US officials. All spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation.

By mid-February, intelligence from multiple sources was clear enough that Mr Obama wanted to “pursue an aggressive course of action”, a senior administration official said.

Over the next two-and-a-half months, Mr Obama led five meetings of the National Security Council focused solely on whether bin Laden was in that compound and, if so, how to get him, the official said.

Normally, the US shares its counterterrorism intelligence widely with trusted allies in Britain, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. And the US normally does not carry out ground operations inside Pakistan without collaboration with Pakistani intelligence. But this mission was too important and too secretive.

On April 29, Mr Obama approved an operation to kill bin Laden. It was a mission that required surgical accuracy, even more precision than could be delivered by the government’s sophisticated Predator drones.

To execute it, Mr Obama tapped a small contingent of the US navy’s elite SEAL Team Six and put them under the command of CIA Director Leon Panetta, whose analysts monitored the compound from afar.

Mr Panetta was directly in charge of the team, a US official said, and his conference room was transformed into a command centre.

Details of exactly how the raid unfolded remain murky, but the al-Qa’ida courier, his brother and one of bin Laden’s sons were killed. No Americans were injured. Senior administration officials will only say that bin Laden “resisted”. And then the man behind the worst terrorist attack on US soil died from an American bullet to his head.

US personnel identified him by facial recognition. Officials declined to say whether DNA analysis had also been used.

It was mid-afternoon in Virginia when Mr Panetta and his team received word that bin Laden was dead. Cheers and applause broke out across the conference room.

11 thoughts on “How they got Osama Bin Laden

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  3. american officials mentioned they obtained Osama BL’s DNA from his syster who died in a USA hospital years ago and still had a sample of her brain. These are exeptional circumstances whereby picture or video must be released or the world will always be unsure. Buried at sea, i understand the theory behind it, though the bastard should have been burned to a crisp at the site of the twin towers and allow people to cook bacon sticks on the fire. Yeah, you can tell im an aussie.


  4. Not the right location: Try 35 degrees 10 min 10 sec North by 73 degrees 14 minutes 33 seconds East. Lots of placemarks have it elsewhere, but this one matches the CIA released drawing, the Pakistani news media footage, and description of it being beyond the edge of the urban area.


  5. Guys, this is starting to sound like another, “We Went To the Moon” The yanks never went to the moon, and here is the basic of theories that shows you why they didn’t. The space shuttle went up, and now they go up into space, not the moon every few months. If they went to the moon they would have gone back twenty time by 2011. Now its a case of, we have been here for ten years, spent all americas money and dont know where osama is. As they thought they had got him years ago by bombing the mountains of Afganistan. So if they have a big raid and tell you they got him but we put his body as sea, come on, its not right. As i said these are exeptional circumstances whereby the photos of footage must be shown to the world. Ive hired two yanks in the last ten years, and can confidently say, there all wankers.


  6. Correct me if Im wrong here BUT if they got the DNA from Asama’s sister which he had something like 22 siblings and I’m sure Osama had a different mother than his other siblings….Wouldnt the DNA from his son and his brother be similar…..I mean all 4 of these people would have something tying them together is that not right…Which means they could say it was Osama but its really just his brothere or son….. As I said plz correct me if I am wrong…. Another thing didnt Obama say when the Navy Seals killed him he had a gun and they had to shoot him…But it has come out that he wasnt armed and that a woman was in front of him….Does this seem like a man that would kill thousands…..And also if if he in that house would they not have had tunnels etc built under something more complex for the man that has been eluding the Americans for nearly 10 yrs…. I say ever since governments etc have been in power and newspapers have been around us so called dumb people believe everything our governments and higher powered people tell us…They may as well take away calling us humans and just rename us sheep…..


  7. Joe I take exception at your commentary that “all yanks are wankers”. Having hired two people of out the millions that inhabit the US and basing your opinion on that is just ignorant. I’m not going to comment on your conspiracy theory about the apollo landings, except to say thats just silly. I will say this though, you Aussies should NEVER bad mouth Americans for the same reason that the French shouldn’t. If it wasn’t for us saving your asses you’d be speaking in Japanese, and the French would be speaking German. Do you people even pay attention to history?


    • Your jingoistic comment just illustrated WHY we think Americans are wankers, yank. There seems to be this attitude among a lot of you that the world powers you for some reason. You are not the world savours that your portray yourselves as, and to be honest, we’re tired of hearing that bullshit. For starters, world war 2 was over 60 years ago and wound up when your country perpetrated the most horrific war crimes in history – nuclear aggression against the innocent populations of two cities. So get back into your box and put a gag on. Yank…


  8. Oh – and one more thing, yank. The U.S. was perfectly content to sit back and let the Axis and it’s allies do whatever they wanted and even profited from them until Pearl Harbour (which, as usual, you lot haven’t shut up about since), so don’t come that high and mighty sanctimonious bullshit here. The U.S. is entirely to blame for the entities of bin Laden and Hussein, along with many other terrorists and despots (Ghadaffi, for example) around the world because they were trained and armed by the U.S. in the first place in an attempt to control the world. If your government would pay attention to issues within its own borders and stop trying to control everyone else, this world would probably be a much less volatile place. There’s a saying about chickens coming home to roost that seems applicable but, as usual, the U.S. can’t just crap in it’s own toilet, the feral sewage of U.S. policy decisions had to spew all over the world. Violating the sovereignty if another country is just par for the course with you lot. As for learning about history? Yes, I think YOU should…


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