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Certain features of the White House story about the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound were irresistible to the media: A fierce firefight. The feared terrorist leader crouching behind his wife as the Navy SEALs approached, before resisting or possibly even reaching for a weapon.
The Navy SEALs knew their mission was to kill the al Qaeda leader, not take him alive
Pakistan top spy blasted the U.S. raid on bin Laden in a Parliament meeting on Friday—but admitted his agency's own slip-ups, too, and offered his resignation.
Bin Laden raid story changes again
Earlier this week, the White House revised its account of the killing of Osama bin Laden, explaining that the Al Qaeda leader was unarmed at the time of his death, contrary to earlier official declarations that he had been wielding a weapon. More details about the military raid on bin Laden’s compound, its scope and conceptualization, are sure to surface in the coming days. But the image of the weaponless, aging Al Qaeda figurehead and founder, shot in the head in his spacious house, has raised some public consternation that the Navy SEAL s responsible for the killing acted illegally, or that the United States violated a longstanding Executive Order that bars U.S. employees from engaging in “political assassination.”
When I first wrote about the bin Laden killing on Monday , I suggested that the intense (and understandable) emotional response to his being dead would almost certainly drown out any discussions of the legality, ethics, or precedents created by this event.
<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-46383" title="Navy SEAL" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2011/05/101026-N-4420S-009-660x438.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="438" /> The May 2 raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound was a combination of virtuoso intelligence-gathering and analysis , impressive technological prowess and incredible bravery by the strike team… and their dog . But one thing it might not have been is legal.
From Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan, the modified MH-60 helicopters made their way to the garrison suburb of Abbottabad , about 70 miles from the center of Islamabad. Aboard were Navy SEALs , flown across the border from Afghanistan, along with tactic al signals, intelligence collectors, and navigators using highly classified hyperspectral imagers .
The team of US Special Operations Forces who killed Osama bin Laden in a pre-dawn raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, were led by elite Navy SEALS from the Joint Special Operations Command. Operators from SEAL Team Six, also known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or just DevGru, are widely considered to be the most elite warriors in the US national security apparatus. Col.
Osama bin Laden, the long-hunted al-Qaeda leader and chief architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, was killed by U.S. forces Sunday in what officials described as a surgical raid on his luxury hideout in Pakistan.
Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda and the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, was killed on Sunday in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Photo: FBI Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda and the mastermind of the September 11th attacks, was killed on Sunday in Pakistan. Here's what we know so far. Where was Bin Laden killed? He was killed in a "compound near Abbottabad ," which is a relatively wealthy city of about one million people about 150 km north of Pakistan's capital of Islamabad .