Osama Bin Laden Is Dead: The Full Story in Links
|The compound in Abbottabad.|
After 9/11 the CIA chased several leads about bin Laden's inner circle, paying particular attention to his couriers. According to the National Journal, one courier's pseudonym was repeatedly mentioned by those detained by the U.S. He was said to be one of bin Laden's most trusted, a protégé of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and trusted assistant to Abu Faraj al Libbi, al-Qaida's third highest-ranking official before his capture in 2005. While at first they had no luck figuring out his true identity, the BBC reports four years ago they caught a break. They figured out his true identity and two years later, they found the rough location where the courier and his brother lived in Pakistan.According to a report by the Guardian, once on the ground, the Americans realized the mansion was not a normal residence. Valued at around $1 million, it had no phone or Internet connection, and the 12-18 foot high walls were topped with barbed wire. Access was severely restricted and the main structure was three stories high but had no windows. What was also suspicious was that the brothers had no known source of income, and there was another family living with them -- a family whose description matched that of bin Laden's.In September 2010, the Guardian reported the CIA presented President Obama with their findings, showing bin Laden could be hiding in the compound in northwest Pakistan. By February the CIA were confident it was indeed the place, and the President convened 5-9 (depending on if you talk to the Guardian or the National Journal) National Security Council meetings to discuss the matter. On the last of these on April 29th, 2011, the president gave the go-ahead.
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