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05-02-2011, 07:07 PM
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.

After bursts of fire over 40 minutes, 22 people were killed or captured. One of the dead was Osama bin Laden, done in by a double tap -- boom, boom -- to the left side of his face. His body was aboard the choppers that made the trip back. One had experienced mechanical failure and was destroyed by U.S. forces, military and White House officials tell National Journal.

Were it not for this high-value target, it might have been a routine mission for the specially trained and highly mythologized SEAL Team Six, officially called the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, but known even to the locals at their home base Dam Neck in Virginia as just DevGru.

This HVT was special, and the raids required practice, so they replicated the one-acre compound at Camp Alpha, a segregated section of Bagram Air Base. Trial runs were held in early April.


05-02-2011, 07:13 PM


05-02-2011, 07:21 PM
Osama bin Laden killed by U.S. forces

a senior Pakistani intelligence official, that members of Pakistan's intelligence service - the ISI - were on site in Abbotabad, Pakistan, during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The official said he did not know who fired the shot that actually killed Bin Laden.


05-02-2011, 07:50 PM
How Osama bin Laden Was Found
Despite hiding in plain sight of a police station and military headquarters in Abbottabad, Pakistan, bin Laden's million-dollar mansion—eight times larger than the mansions surrounding it—was stormed in a raid last night. US officials had tracked one of bin Laden's trusted right-hand men, a courier, after he was identified by detainees captured after 9/11, and discovered he lived with his brother in an "extraordinarily unique compound," which "harboured a high-value terrorist target," according to various senior administration officials.

It was the fact that this mysteriously large mansion lacked a phone line or internet connection that ultimately made officials believe something was amiss. With all the riches in the world, could they not afford a connection? Other details soon began causing suspicion too—trash was burned instead of put out for collectors, like their neighbors did. What was this three-story mansion hiding?