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May 01, 2011

Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces | BBC & CNN

From CNN & BBC

Update Inserted: ABC TV video of bin Laden's compound only 1,000-feet from the Pakistani equivalent of West Point, in Abbottabad, and 90 miles from the country's capital. 

Update: Interesting photo on Google Maps

Update: A Pogrammer in Abbottabad live-blogged the raid: "His first tweet was innocuous: "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)... Athar then said one of the aircraft appeared to have been shot down. Two more helicopters rushed in, he reported...."I think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected," he tweeted. (Read more at SFGate

Update: Raid was conducted by "the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, but known even to the locals at their home base Dam Neck in Virginia as just DevGru .. {a part of } the Joint Special Operations Command, an extraordinary and unusual collection of classified standing task forces and special-missions units."

They report to the president and operate worldwide based on the legal (or extra-legal) premises of classified presidential directives". This operation used helicopters that flew from "Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan", according to the National Journal, and was reportedly directed by the CIA through a live video feed to CIA Director Leon Panetta, per NYT.  

BBC/CNN: " Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad along with other family members, a senior U.S. official tells CNN.

Congressional and administration sources say U.S. officials have the body of bin Laden. Further details around his death were not immediately available.

Bin Laden was the leader of al Qaeda, the terrorist network behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

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