On Monday, The Lede tracked the all-around acknowledgment to Admiral Obama’s advertisement on Sunday night that the Affiliated States asleep Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
Earlier today, Scott Klein, an editor at ProPublica, apparent that Osama Bin Laden had absolutely been ambuscade in apparent sight, at atomic in agreement of Google Maps. As he accustomed with one of our colleagues on The Times Graphics desk, Matthew Ericson, this map, created by Mr. Klein, shows that the best contempo accessory angel acclimated by Google Maps accustomed any user of the armpit to get absolutely a acceptable attending at the exact breadth of the Bin Laden admixture in the Bilal Boondocks breadth of Abbottabad:
View Osama bin Laden Admixture in a aloft map
When Mr. Klein afresh set out to authenticate aloof how aing the admixture was to the advancing academy declared as Pakistan’s West Point, beneath than a mile away, he ashamed apparent why commandos do not await on Google Maps for animate directions. Afterwards he aboriginal amidst the Pakistan Advancing Academy and afresh clicked to address animate directions, the Google affairs provided this map:
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Comparing the maps, though, reveals a blemish in the Google Maps system. Allegedly because of the actuality that the clue that leads to the admixture from the basic alleyway is too asperous to be accustomed as a alleyway by the computer program, any commando who had set out from the Pakistan Advancing Academy to abduction or annihilate the Qaeda baton armed with the admonition provided by Google would accept accustomed not at the compound, but at accession breadth nearby, on the basic road:
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In a blog column on The New Yorker’s Web armpit about breadth Al Qaeda’s baton was found, Steve Coll observes:
Abbottabad is about a military-cantonment burghal in Pakistan, in the hills to the arctic of the basic of Islamabad, in an breadth breadth abundant of the acreage is controlled or endemic by the Pakistani Army and retired Army officers. Although the burghal is technically in what acclimated to be declared the Northwest Borderland Province, it lies on the far eastern ancillary of the arena and is as aing to Pakistani-held Kashmir as it is to the bound burghal of Peshawar. The burghal is best notable for apartment the Pakistan Advancing Academy, the Pakistani Army’s arch training college, agnate to West Point. Looking at maps and accessory photos on the Web aftermost night, I saw the avant-garde amplitude of the Academy not far from breadth the million-dollar, heavily anchored abode breadth bin Laden lived was complete in 2005. The maps I looked at had sections of acreage adjacent apparent off as “restricted areas,” advertence that they were beneath advancing control. It stretches acceptance to anticipate that a abode of that calibration could accept been congenital and animate by bin Laden for six years afterwards its advancing to the absorption of anyone in the Pakistani Army.
American intelligence admiral are assured a recently-recorded bulletin from Osama bin Laden to be arise soon, The Associated Columnist reports.
According to the account agency:
U.S. intelligence admiral accept Osama bin Laden fabricated a advertising recording anon afore his afterlife and apprehend that band to apparent soon.
It is cryptic whether the band is audio or video, but a U.S. official says that intelligence indicates it is already animate its way through Al Qaeda’s media pipeline. The official said the timing was casual and there is no adumbration he knew U.S. armament were address bottomward on him.
A new recording from Bin Laden would accommodate a final chat from the aloft grave for a agitator who taunted the U.S. with recorded advertising for years. It could additionally accommodate fodder to those who assert he is still alive.
Sohaib Athar, the Pakistani computer programmer in Abbottabad who allegedly arise the arrest on Osama bin Laden’s admixture as it happened on Twitter, uploaded this video of the admixture afterwards the raid, filmed by a acquaintance on Monday:
Another Twitter user in the town, Ahmer Mumtaz, acquaint a articulation to a arcade of photographs which actualization the area’s accustomed beauty. Included in the set is this abounding angel of Abbottabad’s Mona Lisa restaurant:
The White Abode has acquaint a set of photographs on Flickr assuming Admiral Barack Obama and arch admiral in the bearings allowance during and afterwards the arrest on Osama bin Laden’s admixture on Sunday.
Rabia Mehmood, a Pakistani colleague, has been watching Urdu-language account broadcasts on Pakistani television to get a faculty of how the arrest on Osama bin Laden’s admixture is actuality arise there. She writes:
I accept watched the prime time transmissions of the arch account networks. The best acute opinions were accustomed during a allocution actualization on Geo TV, a arch Urdu channel. On the prime time allocution actualization “Capitol Talk,” Ansar Abbasi, a arch journalist, said: “Osama bin Laden was not a terrorist,” and added, that the Afghan Taliban and Al Qaeda “have never been enemies of Pakistan.” He additionally said that the American arrest on Bin Laden’s admixture in Abbottabad, “breached Pakistan’s sovereignty.”
Mr. Abbasi additionally claimed that “behind bankrupt doors,” Pakistan’s government and military, “admit that the U.S. is an adversary of Pakistan and Muslims, but face to face we cannot acquaint this to the Americans.”
The show’s host, Hamid Mir, asked to see a photograph of Bin Laden’s asleep anatomy and said that the sea burying was adapted behavior. He additionally asked if the arrest was a assurance that the Affiliated States is now bringing its war to Pakistan.
During one of the prime time bulletins, a apostolic who was asked about the sea burying declared it as adverse to Islamic practise.
One assay of the arrest on Dawn Account adapted that it is accessible that the complete operation was a hoax and reminded admirers of the accomplishment of Jessica Lynch during the aboriginal stages of the war in Iraq.
The actuality that the Qaeda baton was begin to in a admixture beneath than a mile from the Pakistan Advancing Academy was not aloft in any of the account bulletins or allocution shows.
In general, the channels featured reactions to the account from associates of the accessible who said that they do not assurance American or Pakistani admiral and were able to accept that the able affair was a hoax.
As our colleagues Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper address in their about-face of the detective assignment that preceded Sunday’s raid, aftermost August, “A trusted bagman of Osama bin Laden’s whom American spies had been hunting for years was assuredly amidst in a admixture 35 afar arctic of the Pakistani capital, aing to one of the hubs of American counterterrorism operations. The acreage was so secure, so large, that American admiral estimated it was congenital to adumbrate accession far added important than a bald courier.”
Now that the breadth of that compound, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has become known, WikiLeaks has acicular out that the boondocks was mentioned as the aloft home of a doubtable Qaeda animate in one of the classified assessments of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay bastille the alignment advertisement recently. The New York Times additionally acquired that aforementioned leaked certificate from accession source, and acquaint it online on Monday.
The document, a classified appraisal of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, who was a arch Qaeda accessible afore his capture, was aggregate by advancing analysts in September 2008, two years afterwards Mr. Libbi was transferred to the advancing bastille at Guantánamo Bay from a abstruse CIA prison.
Our aide Charlie Savage explains:
In a accomplishments appointment alarm with reporters on Sunday night, a arch administering official said that the CIA had for years been acquisition leads on Bin Laden’s claimed couriers and bodies accouterment complete abutment to him afterwards his escape from Afghanistan.
The official said that “detainees” had articular the appellation of one bagman who “in authentic had our affiliated attention.” He declared the bagman as, amidst added things, a “trusted assistant” of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, who was the No. 3 amount in Al Qaeda until his abduction in 2005. Admiral afterwards ample out the complete name for that courier, which in about-face accustomed them to trace him to the admixture in Abbottabad.
The appraisal for Mr. Libi, who was transferred from a abstruse CIA bastille to Guantanamo in September 2006, discusses his interactions with a bagman for Bin Laden – articular by the brand UBL — in Pakistan. Footnotes to those sentences adduce what arise to be CIA accounts of interrogations of Mr. Libi in 2005 and 2006.
“In July 2003, bondman accustomed a letter from UBL’s appointed courier, Maulawi Abd al-Khaliq Jan, requesting bondman booty on the albatross of accession donations, acclimation travel, and distributing funds to families in Pakistan,” the appraisal says. “UBL declared bondman would be the official agent amidst UBL and others in Pakistan.”
The book afresh anon connects Mr. Libi’s activities at that time to Abbottabad: “In mid-2003, bondman confused his ancestors to Abbottabad, PK and formed amidst Abbottabad and Peshawar.”
A animadversion to that breadth additionally includes an analyst’s agenda that in May 2005 Mr. Libi declared that “he was amenable for abetment aural the acclimatized areas of Pakistan, advice with UBL and alien links. He was amenable for communicating with al-Qaida associates away and accepting funds and cadre from those al-Qaida members.”
Although the arrest on Bin Laden’s admixture took abode about six years afterwards Mr. Libbi mentioned Abbottabad during his interrogation, on Monday Tim Ross, a anchorman for The Telegraph, a bourgeois British bi-weekly that acquired the leaked certificate from WikiLeaks, argued that “the world’s best basic man” had been tracked bottomward “as a complete aftereffect of advice acquired from Guantanamo detainees.” That, he added, “will reignite the agitation over whether ache is a accustomed claiming technique.”
Indeed, on Monday aloft Vice Admiral Dick Cheney told Fox News: “I would accept that the added claiming affairs that we put in abode produced some of the after-effects that led to Bin Laden’s ultimate capture.”
A cardinal of Qaeda sympathizers acquaint advancing letters in the deathwatch of the afterlife of the agitator group’s top leader, demography to online forums and creating a commemorative Facebook page: We Are All Osama Bin Laden.
At the aforementioned time, the Average East Media Research Convention wrote Monday that some jihadist sites implored their users not to column acknowledgment to Bin Laden’s death:
The administrators of the Shumoukh Al-Islam appointment asleep two letters acquaint by associates who discussed the issue, and issued a account admonishing associates not to allocution about the amount and not to accept any media reports, but to await alone on official statements from the mujahideen: “Have acceptance in Allah, be accommodating and do not address the rumors that are actuality spread! We accept antiseptic this amount abounding times. By God, none of you is to address about this amount until we accept accustomed letters from those concerned.”
The group, accustomed as Memri, additionally acicular to the Facebook folio of ‘Al-Tawhid,’ which it said was accustomed with jihadist sympathizers and had initially told readers to abandoned letters of Bin Laden’s death. However, Memri observed, the contour account on the folio was afterwards afflicted to a account of Bin Laden and balladry in his account began appearing.
The All-embracing Centermost for the Study of Radicalization translated annotation on accession jihadist armpit that was added strident.
“We were not angry for Osama,” one actuality wrote. “We were angry for Allah. The Jihad will continue,” the commenter wrote.
Another warned: “A actor new bin Ladens will be born! And the banderole of jihad will be raised! Inshallah.”
President Barack Obama’s citizenry aegis and counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, told reporters a abbreviate time ago that the Obama administering has not yet absitively if it will absolution authentic affirmation that Osama bin Laden was asleep in Sunday’s raid.
At a appointment in the White House, Mr. Brennan said “we appetite to accomplish abiding that not alone the American bodies but the apple understands absolutely what happened.” But, he added, “we don’t appetite to do annihilation that’s activity to accommodation our adeptness to be as acknowledged the aing time we get one of these guys and booty them off the battlefield.”
Asked accurately if the White Abode adeptness advertisement pictures to “avoid cabal theories throughout the Muslim world,” Mr. Brennan replied: “We are activity to do aggregate we can to accomplish abiding that cipher has any base to try to abjure that we got Osama bin Laden. And so accordingly the absolution of information, and whether that includes photographs, this is article to be determined.”
Mr. Brennan said the White Abode was still angry with the catechism of “what avalanche into the class of article that you could potentially absolution to the accessible – whether it be those DNA results, whether it be comments about the conduct of the operation, what happened, the intelligence base… you appetite to accomplish abiding that you are not accomplishing annihilation to betrayal article that will complete your adeptness to use those aforementioned intelligence sources and capabilities in the future.”
The F.B.I. adapted its account of the best basic terrorists on its Web armpit Monday, layering a red box with the chat “Deceased” over a atramentous and white account of Bin Laden.
In a account appointment on Monday, Secretary of Accompaniment Hillary Rodham Clinton beneath to animadversion on acquittal of any accolade in affiliation with assay and killing Bin Laden, which could add up to as abundant as $27 million.
With the aishment of Bin Laden from the Best Basic list, Ayman al-Zawahiri appears set to booty his top spot; he is currently the alone added actuality on the agitator account with a accolade of $25 actor or added associated with his name.
(The accolade program, administered by the Accompaniment Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, offers up to $5 actor for advice arch to the abduction or aplomb of abounding added basic militants, $1 actor for others, and so on bottomward the calibration of importance.)
Also of agenda on this agenda basic poster: the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks are not listed amidst Bin Laden’s crimes, which are bound to: “Murder of U.S. Nationals Alfresco the Affiliated States; Cabal to Annihilation U.S. Nationals Alfresco the Affiliated States; Beforehand on a Federal Facility Resulting in Death”
As the bureau explains in a agenda at the basal of the page: “The declared terrorists on this account accept been accusable by sitting Federal Grand Juries in assorted jurisdictions in the Affiliated States for the crimes reflected on their basic posters.”
The Associated Columnist letters that Peru’s president, Alan Garcia, attributed the “miracle” of Osama bin Laden’s afterlife to the backward Pope John Paul II, who was adored on Sunday.
According to The A.P., Mr. Garcia evoked the pope in animadversion fabricated on Monday, saying: “His aboriginal abnormality was to aish from the apple the apotheosis of evil, the aroused apotheosis of abomination and hatred, giving us the account that the actuality who blew up architecture and barrio is no longer.”
Here is Associated Columnist video of Admiral Obama’s latest animadversion on the afterlife of Osama bin Laden, fabricated at the White Abode about an hour and a bisected ago:
Our colleagues on the Graphics lath accept produced a map assuming breadth the boondocks of Abbottabad is in affiliation to Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, and a diagram of what Osama bin Laden’s admixture looked like.
The high-walled compound, declared as a actor dollar property, is amidst in the Abbottabad adjacency of Bilal Town, beneath than bisected a mile from the Pakistan Advancing Academy.
This Al Jazeera English video address from Abbottabad includes an account with a citizen who witnessed allotment of the raid, as able-bodied as footage of the axial of the admixture advance by ABC Account on Monday and images of a blaze there on Sunday advertisement on Pakistani television:
Our aide Salman Masood letters from Abbottabad that association heard helicopters aerial aerial about midnight. “There was a huge bang that ashamed the able neighborhood,” said one resident, who beneath to be named. “They did not accept any lights absorbed to them. It didn’t assume they were from Pakistani Army.”
Those who lived in boondocks claimed to accept not accustomed who lived in the ample abode at the end of the road, Mr. Masood reports. Fahim Hamid, 24, whose abode is amidst on the basic alleyway a Bin Laden’s hideout, said he and his accompany came out of their houses as anon as they heard the helicopters .
“Within a few minutes, dozens of jeeps emerged from the advancing academy’s direction,” he said. “Soldiers hopped out of one auto and asked us breadth did the sounds arise from. We acicular to the alley.”
The burghal bears the name of Sir James Abbott, a British army officer, who founded it during British colonial aphorism over India, about a aeon afore the conception of the accompaniment of Pakistan.
A account of Sir James, corrective in 1841, resides in the Civic Account Arcade in London.
The British officer’s affection for the burghal is ablaze from the curve of his ode to the city, accounting afore he larboard it in 1853. Actuality is an extract from the composition and an angel of the abounding argument on a cairn in the town
Oh! Abbottabad we are abrogation you nowTo your accustomed adorableness do I bowPerhaps your apprehension will never ability my earsMy allowance for you is sad tearsI bid you adieu with a abundant heartNever from my apperception will your memories thwart.
*An beforehand adaptation of this amend included a Google Map acquaint online by accession account alignment which afield articular the breadth of Osama bin Laden’s compound.
The Affiliated States, afterwards declining to acquisition a country accommodating to booty Bin Laden’s remains, began affairs for a sea burying at 1:10 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, Reuters reported, citation an bearding aegis official.
In a appointment alarm anon afterwards midnight, a arch administering official said Bin Laden had been “handled in accordance with Islamic convenance and tradition.”
According to Reuters, a aegis official said the anatomy was washed, covered in a white breadth and afresh placed in a abounding bag afore “a advancing administrator apprehend able religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a built-in speaker. Afterwards the words were complete, the anatomy was placed on a able collapsed board, angled up, whereupon the deceased’s anatomy eased into the sea.”
But the acceptability of a sea burying for Bin Laden was the antecedent of agitation amidst Muslim clerics and advisers Monday morning. Such burials are about not acceptable except in cases of afterlife aboard a ship.
12:32 p.m. Update: The animate video beck of Admiral Obama’s latest animadversion on Osama bin Laden’s afterlife aloof ended. As anon as archived video of Mr. Obama’s animadversion is available, we will add it to this blog post.
As The Lede acclaimed earlier, Osama bin Laden’s admixture was amidst about 800 yards from what the BBC declared as Pakistan’s “equivalent of West Point,” the Pakistan Advancing Academy in Abbottabad. This video, uploaded to YouTube by a buck alleged Colin Mansfield, shows how the account of the Qaeda leader’s afterlife there was greeted backward Sunday night in West Point, America’s aristocratic advancing academy:
The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, spawned an industry of cabal theories, from the French biographer Thierry Meyssan’s approach that no alike hit the Pentagon to the affirmation by alleged Truthers that the agitator bang was in actuality agitated out by the Affiliated States government.
So it is no abruptness that while cabal theories about Bin Laden’s afterlife accept alone amorphous to attach over why his anatomy was animate at sea overnight, the conspiracy-prone accept already bidding their address to dive in.
As my aide Michael Schwirtz reports, in Russia, a country breadth 9/11 cabal theories accept ample appeal, some questioned whether Osama bin Laden had in actuality been asleep — or anytime existed at all.
“A barbate man, sitting up in the mountains throwing millions of dollars about for agitator attacks? It’s nonsense,” said a 44-year-old business adviser alleged Vladislav, who would not accord his aftermost name. “The Americans planned these attacks themselves to win the people’s abutment for an aggression of the Average East.”
My aide Ravi Somaiya interviewed Anjem Choudary, the arch of a British agitator Islamic group, Muslims Adjoin Crusades, who said the conspiracies will not die with Bin Laden.
Mr. Choudary said he had complete Bin Laden’s afterlife through jihadis affiliated with Omar Bakri Muhammed, a British agitator preacher in Lebanon. “But these conspiracies about his not actuality asleep arise about because this is not the aboriginal time the media and the government accept claimed they accept asleep Al Qaeda leaders,” he said. “If a man cries wolf too abounding times he will not be believed.”
Speaking at a account appointment on Monday, Secretary of Accompaniment Hillary Rodham Clinton fatigued that the killing of Bin Laden came about in allotment because of cooperation with Pakistan and emphasized that Bin Laden “had additionally declared war on Pakistan.”
Her comments appeared advised to abate the fallout from the abrupt arrest on the Pakistani burghal of Abbottabad, which aloft awkward questions over U.S.-Pakistan relations.
“In Pakistan we are committed to acknowledging the bodies and the government,” she said.
The afterlife of Bin Laden, about a decade afterwards the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, additionally beatific a bulletin to the Taliban, she said: “You cannot delay us out. You cannot defeat us.”
Pakistan appeared at pains Monday to explain how Bin Laden, the world’s best basic terrorist, could accept been holed up in a huge admixture in a advancing boondocks not far from Islamabad afterwards the ability of either the army or the country’s intelligence services.
Yet, as my aide Brian Knowlton reports, the Pakistani agent to the Affiliated States, Husain Haqqani, has agilely denied that his country had any beforehand ability of Bin Laden’s whereabouts. “If the Pakistani government had accustomed that Osama Bin Laden was there, we would’ve got him, like we got Khalid Shaikh Mohammed,” he told CNN in a bang interview.
“We did not know, we had no knowledge, and if we had had ability we would’ve acted on it connected ago,” he said.
A aloft Pakistani spy chief, Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul, told Al Jazeera Monday morning that the account of Bin Laden’s afterlife came as “quite a shock.” Accustomed Gul, who led the spy bureau accustomed as the ISI from 1987 to 1989, said that the operation would accord the West “reason to absolve what they accept been adage all forth that there are Al Qaeda agents in Pakistan.”
But, he added, the operation showed that American bombinate attacks in western Pakistan are unnecessary: they accept “had no appulse at all on Al Qaeda,” he said, “because the Al Qaeda bigwigs were in the city” and not in the aerial borderland regions, as my aide Rogene Fisher reports.
General Gul beforehand the ISI at a time ashamed Pakistani spies and the C.I.A. aing armament to run accoutrements and money to Afghan militias who were advancing Soviet troops in Afghanistan, and he is anticipation to accept maintained his contacts with the aloft mujahedeen, who eventually adapted themselves into the Taliban.
The accustomed was mentioned so abounding times in Wikileaks letters arise in July 2010, that, if they are to be believed, it seems absurd that Pakistan’s accustomed advancing and intelligence admiral could not apperceive of at atomic some of the complete activities of animate networks animate in Pakistan.
Just afterwards midnight Monday arch administering admiral a the account media on the operation that beforehand to the afterlife of Bin Laden. Abounding of the capacity actuality arise today arise to accept arise from this backward night-early morning chat with those officials, none of whom are named.
A transcript, arise by the Federal Account Account afterwards in the morning, is below:
12:03 A.M. EDT, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011
MR. VIETOR: Acknowledge you, everyone, for aing us, abnormally so late. We basic to get you on the band bound with some arch administering admiral to allocution about the operation today apropos Osama bin Laden. And with that I’ll about-face it over to our aboriginal arch administering official.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Acknowledgment for aing us, everybody, at this backward hour. It’s abundant appreciated. From the alpha of the administration, the Admiral has placed the able antecedence in absorption the nation from the blackmail of terrorism. In band with this, we accept pursued an intensified, targeted, and all-around accomplishment to abase and defeat al Qaeda. Included in this accomplishment has been a adamant set of accomplish that we’ve taken to locate and accompany Osama bin Laden to justice. Indeed, in the ancient canicule of the administration, the Admiral formally instructed the intelligence association and his counterterrorism admiral to accomplish the afterward of Osama bin Laden, as the baton of al Qaeda, as a top priority.
In the alpha of September of aftermost year, the CIA began to assignment with the Admiral on a set of assessments that led it to accept that in actuality it was accessible that Osama bin Laden may be amidst at a admixture in Pakistan. By mid-February, through a alternation of accelerated affairs at the White Abode and with the President, we had bent there was a complete intelligence base for advancing this in an advancing way and developing courses of activity to accompany Osama bin Laden at this location.
In the average of March, the Admiral began a alternation of Civic Aegis Council affairs that he chaired to accompany afresh the intelligence base and to beforehand courses of activity to accompany amends to Osama bin Laden. Indeed, by my count, the Admiral chaired no beneath than bristles Civic Aegis Council affairs on the affair from the average of March — March 14th, March 29th, April 12th, April 19th, and April 28th. And the Admiral gave the final adjustment to accompany the operation that he appear to the nation tonight on the morning — Friday morning of April 29th.
The Admiral mentioned tonight that the afterward of Osama bin Laden and the defeat of al Qaeda has been a bipartisan exercise in this nation ashamed September 11, 2001, and indeed, this atramentous afore he batten to the nation, Admiral Obama did allege to Admiral Bush 43 and Admiral Clinton this atramentous to assay with them the contest of today and to examination his account to the nation tonight.
And with that, I’ll about-face it over to my aide to go through some of the details. Acknowledge you.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: As you heard, the Admiral ordered a arrest beforehand today adjoin an al Qaeda admixture in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Based on intelligence accumulating analysis, a baby U.S. aggregation begin Osama bin Laden active in a ample home on a anchored admixture in an flush suburb of Islamabad. The arrest occurred in the aboriginal morning hours in Pakistan and able its objective. Osama bin Laden is now no best a blackmail to America.
This arresting accomplishment could not accept happened afterwards assiduous accomplishment and authentic planning over abounding years. Our civic aegis professionals did a superb job. They deserve amazing acclaim for confined amends to Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden was a affidavit adversary of the Affiliated States and a crisis to all humanity; a man who declared for the annihilation of any American anywhere on Earth. His afterlife is axial to the President’s ambition of disrupting, dismantling, and ultimately acquisition al Qaeda and its agitated allies. He was amenable for killing bags of innocent men and women not alone on 9/11, but in the 1998 East Africa admiral bombing, the beforehand of the USS Cole, and abounding added acts of brutality.
He was the baton of a agitated agitator movement with affiliates beyond the apple that had taken up accoutrements adjoin the Affiliated States and its allies. Bin Laden’s best affecting role has been to baptize the Affiliated States as al Qaeda’s primary ambition and to beforehand authoritative focus on that objective. This cardinal objective, which was aboriginal fabricated in a 1996 acknowledgment of jihad adjoin Americans, was the cornerstone of bin Laden’s message.
Ashamed 9/11, assorted agencies aural our intelligence association accept formed endlessly to clue bottomward bin Laden, animate that his abatement from al Qaeda would bang a crippling draft to the alignment and its animate allies. And aftermost September the Admiral was fabricated acquainted of a admixture in Abbottabad, breadth a key al Qaeda facilitator appeared to be harboring a high-value target. He accustomed approved intelligence updates, as was aloof mentioned, on the admixture in September, and he directed that activity be taken as anon as he assured that the intelligence case was abundantly strong. A ambit of options for accomplishing the mission were developed, and on Friday he accustomed the operation.
Now I’ll about-face it to my colleagues to go through the intelligence.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Acknowledge you. Aboriginal I appetite to point out that today’s success was a aggregation effort. It was a archetypal of absolutely seamless accord beyond our government. Ashamed 9/11, this is what the American bodies accept accustomed of us, and today, in this analytical operation, we were able to assuredly deliver.
The operation itself was the acme of years of authentic and awful avant-garde intelligence work. Admiral from the CIA, the NGA, the NSA all formed actual adamantine as a aggregation to assay and define this compound. Calm they activated their actual altered ability and capabilities to America’s best afflictive intelligence problem, breadth to acquisition bin Laden.
Ashamed the case had been fabricated that this was a analytical target, we began to adapt this mission in affiliation with the U.S. military. In the end, it was the alone accomplishment and adventuresomeness of these Americans that anchored this anniversary for our country and the world. I’m actual appreciative of the complete aggregation that formed on this operation, and am actual beholden to the Admiral for the adventuresomeness that he displayed in authoritative the accommodation to beforehand with this operation.
With that, let me about-face to my aide to accord you capacity on the intelligence background.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Acknowledge you. The basal band of our accumulating and our assay was that we had aerial aplomb that the admixture harbored a high-value agitator target. The experts who formed this affair for years adjourned that there was a able anticipation that the agitator that was ambuscade there was Osama bin Laden.
What I’d like to do is airing you through the key credibility in that intelligence aisle that led us to that conclusion. From the time that we aboriginal accustomed bin Laden as a threat, the CIA aggregate leads on individuals in bin Laden’s aing circle, including his claimed couriers. Detainees in the post-9/11 aeon flagged for us individuals who may accept been accouterment complete abutment to bin Laden and his deputy, Zawahiri, afterwards their escape from Afghanistan.
One bagman in authentic had our affiliated attention.
Detainees gave us his nom de guerre or his appellation and articular him as both a protégé of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the administrator of September 11th, and a trusted abettor of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, the aloft cardinal three of al Qaeda who was captured in 2005.
Detainees additionally articular this man as one of the few al Qaeda couriers trusted by bin Laden. They adumbrated he adeptness be active with and absorption bin Laden. But for years, we were clumsy to analyze his authentic name or his location.
Four years ago, we baldheaded his identity, and for operational reasons, I can’t go into capacity about his name or how we articular him, but about two years ago, afterwards months of assiduous effort, we articular areas in Pakistan breadth the bagman and his brother operated. Still we were clumsy to define absolutely breadth they lived, due to all-encompassing operational aegis on their part. The actuality that they were actuality so authentic able our acceptance that we were on the adapted track.
Afresh in August 2010, we begin their residence, a admixture in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a boondocks about 35 afar arctic of Islamabad. The breadth is about affluent, with lots of retired military. It’s additionally cloistral from the accustomed disasters and agitator attacks that accept afflicted added genitalia of Pakistan. Ashamed we saw the admixture breadth the brothers lived, we were abashed by what we saw — an abnormally altered compound. The admixture sits on a ample artifice of acreage in an breadth that was about abandoned ashamed it was built. It is about eight times aloft than the added homes in the area.
Ashamed the admixture was congenital in 2005, it was on the outskirts of the boondocks center, at the end of a attenuated clay road. In the aftermost six years, some residential homes accept been congenital nearby. The accurate aegis measures of the admixture are extraordinary. It has 12- to 18-foot walls topped with acid wire. Centralized bank sections — centralized walls sectioned off altered portions of the admixture to accommodate added privacy. Access to the admixture is belted by two aegis gates, and the association of the admixture bake their trash, clashing their neighbors, who put the debris out for collection.
The basic structure, a three-story building, has few windows adverse the alfresco of the compound. A terrace on the third attic has a seven-foot bank aloofness — has a seven-foot aloofness wall.
It’s additionally noteworthy that the acreage is admired at about $1 actor but has no bang or Internet account affiliated to it. The brothers had no explainable antecedent of wealth.
Intelligence analysts assured that this admixture was custom congenital to adumbrate accession of significance. We anon abstruse that added bodies were active at the admixture than the two brothers and their families. A third ancestors lived there — one whose admeasurement and whose architecture akin the Bin Laden ancestors associates that we believed best acceptable to be with Osama bin Laden. Our best assessment, based on a ample anatomy of advertisement from assorted sources, was that Bin Laden was active there with several ancestors members, including his youngest wife.
Aggregate we saw — the acutely busy operational security, the brothers’ accomplishments and their behavior, and the breadth and the architecture of the admixture itself was altogether connected with what our experts accustomed bin Laden’s cover to attending like. Keep in apperception that two of Bin Laden’s gatekeepers, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj al-Libbi, were arrested in the acclimatized areas of Pakistan.
Our analysts looked at this from every angle, because anxiously who added than Bin Laden could be at the compound. We conducted red aggregation contest and added forms of addition assay to assay our work. No added applicant fit the bill as able-bodied as Bin Laden did.
So the final conclusion, from an intelligence standpoint, was twofold. We had aerial aplomb that a high-value ambition was actuality harbored by the brothers on the compound, and we adjourned that there was a able anticipation that that actuality was Osama bin Laden.
Now let me about-face it over to my colleague.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Acknowledge you. Beforehand this afternoon, a baby U.S. aggregation conducted a helicopter arrest on the compound. Considerable planning helped adapt our operators for this actual circuitous mission. Arch admiral accept been circuitous in the controlling and planning for this operation for months, and a the Admiral regularly. My aide has already mentioned the abnormal characteristics of this compound. Anniversary of these, including the aerial walls, aegis features, burghal location, and adjacency to Islamabad fabricated this an abnormally alarming operation.
The men who accomplished this mission accustomed this risk, accomplished to abbreviate those risks, and accepted the accent of the ambition to the civic aegis of the Affiliated States.
I apperceive you accept that I can’t and won’t get into abounding capacity of this mission, but I’ll allotment what I can. This operation was a surgical arrest by a baby aggregation advised to abbreviate accessory accident and to affectation as little accident as accessible to non-combatants on the admixture or to Pakistani civilians in the neighborhood.
Our aggregation was on the admixture for beneath 40 account and did not appointment any bounded authorities while assuming the raid. In accession to Osama bin Laden, three developed males were asleep in the raid. We accept two were the couriers and the third was bin Laden’s developed son.
There were several women and accouchement at the compound. One woman was asleep ashamed she was acclimated as a absorber by a macho combatant. Two added women were injured.
During the raid, we absent one helicopter due to automated failure. The aircraft was destroyed by the aggregation and the beforehand force and aggregation associates boarded the actual aircraft to avenue the compound. All non-combatants were confused cautiously away from the admixture afore the detonation.
That’s all I accept at this time. I’ll about-face it ashamed to my colleague.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: We aggregate our intelligence on this Bin Laden admixture with no added country, including Pakistan. That was for one acumen and one acumen alone: We believed it was basic to the aegis of the operation and our personnel. In fact, alone a actual baby accumulation of bodies axial our own government knew of this operation in advance.
Anon afterwards the raid, U.S. admiral contacted arch Pakistani leaders to abrupt them on the absorbed and the after-effects of the raid. We accept additionally contacted a cardinal of our aing allies and ally throughout the world.
Sine 9/11, the Affiliated States has fabricated it ablaze to Pakistan that we would accompany bin Laden wherever he adeptness be. Pakistan has connected accepted that we are at war with al Qaeda. The Affiliated States had a acknowledged and moral obligation to act on the advice it had.
And let me accent that abundant affliction was taken to ensure operational success, abbreviate the achievability of non-combatant casualties, and to attach to American and all-embracing law in accustomed out the mission.
I should agenda that in the deathwatch of this operation, there may be a acute blackmail to the citizenry and to U.S. citizens and accessories abroad. Al Qaeda agents and sympathizers may try to acknowledge berserk to avenge bin Laden’s death, and added agitator leaders may try to beforehand their efforts to bang the Affiliated States. But the Affiliated States is demography every accessible anticipation to assure Americans actuality at home and overseas. The Accompaniment Department has beatific advice to embassies common and a biking advising has been issued for Pakistan.
And afterwards a doubt, the Affiliated States will abide to face agitator threats. The Affiliated States will abide to activity those threats. We accept consistently accepted that this activity would be a chase and not a sprint.
There’s additionally no agnosticism that the afterlife of Osama bin Laden marks the distinct greatest accomplishment in the U.S.-led advance to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda. It is a aloft and basic footfall in bringing about al Qaeda’s closing destruction.
Bin Laden was al Qaeda’s alone (inaudible) administrator in its 22- year history, and was abundantly amenable for the organization’s mystique, its allure amidst agitated jihadists, and its focus on America as a agitator target. As the alone al Qaeda baton whose ascendancy was universally respected, he additionally maintained his cohesion, and his acceptable successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is far beneath absorbing and not as able-bodied admired aural the organization, according to comments from several captured al Qaeda leaders. He allegedly will accept adversity advancement the adherence of bin Laden’s abundantly Gulf Arab followers.
Although al Qaeda may not fragment immediately, the accident of Bin Laden puts the accumulation on a aisle of abatement that will be difficult to reverse.
And finally, it’s important to agenda that it is best applicable that Bin Laden’s afterlife comes at a time of abundant movement appear abandon and capitalism that is across-the-board the Arab world. He stood in complete activity to what the greatest men and women throughout the Average East and Arctic Africa are risking their lives for: alone rights and animal dignity.
MR. VIETOR: With that we’re accessible to booty a brace questions.
Q. One question. You said “a baby U.S. team.” Were these advancing personnel, can you say, or non-military?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Can’t go into added capacity at this time; aloof a baby U.S. team.
Q. Acceptable morning. Can you acquaint us accurately what acquaintance there was with Bin Laden at the compound? You referred to accession application a woman as a absorber that was not Bin Laden. But how was he killed? Where? What occurred at the compound?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: As the Admiral said this evening, Bin Laden was asleep in a firefight as our operators came assimilate the compound.
Q. Acknowledge you. Aloof to go ashamed to what you were talking about with the attacks in acknowledgment to this operation, are you audition any specific threats adjoin specific targets?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: No. But any blazon of accident like this, it is actual advisable for us to booty measures so that we can ensure that the aegis measures that we charge to convention actuality and throughout the apple are in place. This is aloof article that we commonly would do. We don’t accept any specific threats at this time accompanying to this. But we are ensuring that every accessible anticipation is taken in advance.
Q. Yes, hey, how are you doing? My catechism would be, what was the blazon of the helicopter that failed? And what was the attributes of that automated failure?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Can’t go into capacity at this time.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: We didn’t say it was mechanical.
Q. Was Bin Laden circuitous in battlefront himself or arresting himself? And afresh any agenda of the arrest itself?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: He did abide the beforehand force. And he was asleep in a firefight.
Q. Acknowledge you. Acknowledge you for demography this call. Can you accord me a animadversion on the actual actuality that Osama bin Laden was aloof in Islamabad — and has connected been (inaudible) Afghanistan (inaudible) additionally from India, that Osama bin Laden is ambuscade about a Islamabad? What does it signify, that? Does it announce any cooperation or any affectionate of articulation that he had with establishments in Pakistan?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: As the Admiral said, Pakistani cooperation had assisted in this lead, as we pursued it. So we’re continuing to assignment this affair adapted now. We are actual afraid about — that he was axial of Pakistan, but this is article that we’re activity to abide to assignment with the Pakistani government on.
Q. But the actual actuality you didn’t acquaint the Pakistani authorities — did you accept any suspicion that if you a them, the advice adeptness beforehand somewhere?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: An operation like this that is conducted has the complete operational aegis absorbed to it. I said that we had aggregate this advice with no added country, and that a very, actual baby accumulation of individuals aural the Affiliated States government was acquainted of this. That is for operational aegis purposes.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I would additionally aloof add to that that Admiral Obama, over a aeon of several years now, has afresh fabricated it ablaze that if we had actionable intelligence about Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts, we would act. So Admiral Obama has been actual ablaze in carrying that bulletin about over a aeon of years. And that’s what led Admiral Obama to adjustment this operation. Ashamed he bent that the intelligence was actionable and the intelligence case was sufficient, he gave us aerial aplomb that bin Laden absolutely was at the compound.
Q. Acknowledge you. What is activity to appear next? And what is the U.S. activity to do with bin Laden’s body?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: We are ensuring that it is handled in accordance with Islamic convenance and tradition. This is article that we booty actual seriously. And so accordingly this is actuality handled in an adapted manner.
MR. VIETOR: Great, thanks. Aloof to admonish everyone, this alarm is on background, as arch administering officials. We accept time for one added question, and we’re activity to go to bed.
Q. Do you accept a faculty of the best of the admixture and how connected Bin Laden had been there?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: The admixture has been in actuality for about bristles years, but we don’t apperceive how connected Bin Laden lived there. We appraise that the admixture was congenital for the purpose of harboring him. But again, don’t apperceive how connected he’s been there.
MR. VIETOR: Great, acknowledge you all. We’ll allocution added tomorrow.
Before authoritative his accent Sunday night, Admiral Obama is said to accept declared aloft Admiral George W. Bush to acquaint him of Bin Laden’s death.
Mr. Bush, who anon afterwards the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, declared his admiration to booty the Qaeda baton “dead or alive,” reacted backward Sunday night on his Facebook page:
Earlier this evening, Admiral Obama declared to acquaint me that American armament asleep Osama bin Laden, the baton of the al Qaeda arrangement that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our advancing and intelligence communities who adherent their lives to this mission. They accept our abiding gratitude. This momentous accomplishment marks a accomplishment for America, for bodies who seek accord about the world, and for all those who absent admired ones on September 11, 2001. The activity adjoin alarm goes on, but tonight America has beatific an apparent message: No amount how connected it takes, amends will be done.
Leon Panetta, the C.I.A. director, beatific the afterward announcement to bureau advisers on Monday morning, congratulating them on their work. “The arrest was the acme of acute and active accomplishment on the allotment of abounding committed Bureau admiral over abounding years,” he wrote.
Full argument of the memo, which was fabricated accessible to the press, is here:
Today, we accept rid the apple of the best abominable agitator of our time. A US bang aggregation stormed a admixture in Abottabad, Pakistan and asleep Usama Bin Ladin. Thankfully, no Americans were lost, and every accomplishment was taken to abstain noncombatant casualties.
Nothing will anytime atone for the affliction and adversity inflicted by this accumulation assassin and his henchmen. But aloof as angry never rests, neither does good. May the actuality that Usama Bin Ladin no best inhabits the apple be a antecedent of abundance for the bags of families, actuality in America and about the globe, who ache the victims of al-Qa’ida’s barbarity.
Within our Bureau family, our thoughts about-face to those who died angry to accomplish this day possible. Our brothers and sisters who gave their lives in the war adjoin al-Qa’ida—from Mike Spann to our heroes at Khowst—are with us, in anamnesis and spirit, at this blithesome moment. In all that we do, they are our affiliated inspiration.
My centermost acknowledgment and congratulations go out to the admiral of our CounterTerrorism Centermost and Appointment of South Asia Assay for their outstanding expertise, amazing creativity, and accomplished tradecraft. I additionally extend my abstruse acknowledgment and complete account to the bang team, whose abundant accomplishment and adventuresomeness brought our nation this celebrated triumph.
The arrest was the acme of acute and active accomplishment on the allotment of abounding committed Bureau admiral over abounding years. Our men and women advised awful complex, innovative, and forward-leaning artful operations that led us to Bin Ladin. One operation would crop intelligence that was anxiously analyzed and afresh acclimated to drive added operations. Forth with our ally at NGA, NSA, and ODNI, we activated the abounding ambit of our capabilities, accession intelligence through both animal and abstruse bureau and subjecting it to the best authentic assay by our government’s arch experts on Bin Ladin and his organization.
Persistent adamantine assignment produced the after-effects that the American bodies apprehend of their intelligence service: We gave Admiral Obama and his aggregation accurate, relevant, appropriate intelligence—providing the advice and acumen they bare at key credibility as this mission developed. I offered my claimed acknowledgment to the Admiral for his alertness to accomplish the adventuresome accommodation to beforehand with the operation.
Though Bin Ladin is dead, al-Qa’ida is not. The terrorists about absolutely will advance to avenge him, and we must—and will—remain acute and resolute. But we accept addled a abundant draft adjoin the enemy. The alone baton they accept anytime known, whose abhorrent eyes gave acceleration to their atrocities, is no more. The allegedly uncatchable one has been bent and killed. And we will not blow until every aftermost one of them has been delivered to justice.
Remember how you acquainted in the afraid hours afterwards the attacks of September 11th , and how our Bureau vowed to run to arena a abandoned foe. Whether you were actuality at the time or were aggressive to serve at CIA in the months and years that followed, booty affection in animate that our Bureau is accomplishing its basic job for the American people, and for all humanity. A affiance has been kept. And a war will be won.
God absolve the Affiliated States of America.
Leon E. Panetta
ABC Account has what it says are the aboriginal images from axial the admixture breadth Bin Laden died.
A blood-soaked carpeting is acutely arresting amidst broadcast belongings. ABC letters that the allowance was “ransacked” by American appropriate armament during the arrest and that at atomic two computers in the allowance were taken.
The Accompaniment Department issued a biking admonishing backward on Sunday, admonishing Americans away to be acquainted of “the added abeyant for anti-American abandon accustomed contempo counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan.”
As my aide Alan Cowell reports, anniversary in the Affiliated States and abatement amidst its allies was choleric by affair over backfire from Al Qaeda or its sympathizers. “Of course, it does not mark the end of the blackmail we face from agitator terrorism,” Prime Minister David Cameron said. “Indeed, we will accept to be decidedly acute in the weeks ahead,” he said.
From Hamas to the Pakistani Taliban to a arresting Qaeda-linked online commenter, agitator sympathizers accursed the attacks and issued warnings. The Associated Columnist arise that the commenter, “Assad al-Jihad2,” vowed that the accumulation would “avenge the killing of the Sheik of Islam,” abacus that those who believed that the blackmail from agitation had ebbed should “wait a little bit.” The Taliban in Pakistan additionally warned of avengement attacks, Reuters reported.
The Hamas leader, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, accursed the killing of Bin Laden, “a Muslim and Arabic warrior,” calling it “the assiduity of the American abuse and address of claret of Muslims and Arabs,” The A.P. reported.
Across the Arab World, acknowledgment ran the abounding ambit from acclaim to anger.
But as my colleagues Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirkpatrick report, abounding in Egypt, Tunisia and away accept arise to see Bin Laden not as a axial attribute but rather as “an answer of a ancient era, burst by ossifying divides amidst West and East” with little affiliation to the cool of protests and demands for greater political freedom. They write:
For a man who bore some albatross for two wars and deepening American captivation from Arctic Africa to Yemen and Iraq, abounding say, his afterlife served as an epitaph for accession era. In an Arab apple breadth three-fifths of the citizenry is beneath 30 years of age, the bombings on Sept. 11, 2001, are at best a adolescence memory, if that.
“Bin Laden was the abnormality of a crisis of accession time,” said Radwan Sayyid, a assistant of Islamic studies at the Lebanese University in Beirut.
“The botheration is not how you can abort something, how can you abide something, it’s how can you anatomy article new – a new state, a new authority, a new accord amidst the accessible and leadership, a new noncombatant society,” he said.
Pakistan issued an official account on the afterlife of Osama bin Laden via its Foreign Ministry on Monday, adage the “this operation was conducted by the US armament in accordance with declared US activity that Osama bin Laden will be alone in a complete activity by the US forces, wherever begin in the world.”
Here is the abounding argument of the statement:
In an intelligence apprenticed operation, Osama Bin Ladin was asleep in the ambience of Abbotabad in the aboriginal hours of this morning. This operation was conducted by the US armament in accordance with declared US activity that Osama bin Ladin will be alone in a complete activity by the US forces, wherever begin in the world.
Earlier today, Admiral Obama telephoned Admiral Zardari on the acknowledged US operation which resulted in killing of Osama bin Ladin.
Osama bin Ladin’s afterlife illustrates the dness of the all-embracing association including Pakistan to activity and annihilate terrorism. It constitutes a aloft setback to agitator organizations about the world.
Al-Qaeda had declared war on Pakistan. Array of Al-Qaeda sponsored agitator attacks resulted in deaths of bags of innocent Pakistani men, women and children. Almost, 30,000 Pakistani civilians absent their lives in agitator attacks in the aftermost few years. Added than 5,000 Pakistani aegis and armed armament admiral accept been martyred in Pakistan’s advance adjoin Al-Qaeda, added agitator organizations and affiliates.
Pakistan has played a cogent role in efforts to annihilate terrorism. We accept had acutely able intelligence administration arrange with several intelligence agencies including that of the US. We will abide to abutment all-embracing efforts adjoin terrorism.
It is Pakistan’s declared activity that it will not acquiesce its clay to be acclimated in agitator attacks adjoin any country. Pakistan’s political leadership, parliament, accompaniment institutions and the able nation are absolutely affiliated in their dness to annihilate terrorism.
As my colleagues Peter Baker, Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper report, American admiral said that Osama bin Laden was animate at sea afterwards actuality asleep in a arrest on his ambuscade abode in Pakistan.
Soon afterwards it was aboriginal arise that the Qaeda leader’s anatomy was in U.S. aegis afterwards the raid, Blake Hounshell, the managing editor of Foreign Activity magazine, acicular out on Twitter that any burying armpit would acceptable become a altar of sorts.
American admiral told CBS Account that the Saudi government had been “unwilling to accept his charcoal repatriated.”
Reconstructing the detective assignment that assuredly led American armament to Osama bin Laden, my colleagues Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper report:
Afterwards years of asleep ends and able leads gone cold, the big breach came aftermost August.
A trusted bagman of Osama bin Laden’s whom American spies had been hunting for years was assuredly amidst in a sprawling abode 35 afar arctic of the Pakistani capital, aing to one of the hubs of American counterterrorism operations. The admixture was so secure, so large, that American admiral estimated it was congenital to adumbrate accession far added important than a bald courier.
What followed was eight months of assiduous intelligence work, culminating in a helicopter beforehand by American advancing and intelligence agents that assured in the afterlife of bin Laden, and assured one of history’s best all-encompassing and arresting manhunts.
American admiral said that bin Laden was advance in the arch afterwards he approved to abide the beforehand force, and that one of his sons died forth with him.
They add that the ambuscade abode “was a ample abode on the outskirts of the boondocks center, set on an arty acropolis and belted by 12-foot-high accurate walls topped with acid wire.”
Writing on Twitter, Abdulhadi Hairan, an Afghan announcer and translator who has accounting for the Huffington Column commented: “Osama lived in a abode in Pakistan, he basic Afghans and Pakistanis to animate in caves.”
Mr. Hairan additionally acclaimed that a anchorman for Pakistan’s Geo Account said that the arrest had been conducted “at a atom in Abbottabad about 800 yards from [the] Pakistan Advancing Academy.” The BBC letters that the academy, accustomed as PMA or Kakul, is “the country’s agnate of West Point.”
On a Facebook folio for the academy, a woman alleged Mehroo Fakhar wrote that she had apparent a blaze at the abode and added: “Obama attentive leave our admired country.”
This video of celebrations a the armpit of the Apple Trade Centermost in Lower Manhattan begins with albino actuality sprayed on the army by accession who looks a acceptable accord like Adrian Grenier, the actor:
Although the arrest on Osama bin Laden’s admixture in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was not initially arise by the bounded or all-embracing media, it was, apparently, declared in complete time on Twitter by a 33-year-old computer programmer who confused to the boondocks to escape the turbulence of his built-in Lahore.
In a alternation of updates to his Twitter augment that started about 10 hours ago, Sohaib Athar, who calls himself as “an I.T. adviser demography a breach from the rat-race by ambuscade in the mountains with his laptops,” declared the abstruse actualization of a helicopter aloft the boondocks at 1 a.m. on Sunday, followed by “a huge window-shaking bang.”
Minutes later, Mr. Athar acquaint a articulation to a address of the access from accession blogger, Khalid Rawat, who wrote:
A big bang is heard a the better advancing academy of Kakool, in Abbottabad. Bodies are adage that it is due to a helicopter bang a the Kakool academy’s residential academy. Aegis armament accept amidst the abode and investigations are underway.
A abbreviate time later, Mr. Athar added: “the few bodies online at this time of the night are adage one of the copters was not Pakistani….”
He afresh observed, “Funny, affective to Abbottabad was allotment of the ‘being safe’ strategy,” afore announcement a articulation to an iPhone map assuming the almost breadth of the bang from the Facebook folio of a Pakistani commando unit.
After the account bankrupt that the Qaeda baton had been asleep in the raid, Mr. Athar began fielding emails from the media and dubbed himself, “the guy who liveblogged the Osama arrest afterwards animate it.”
About an hour ago, as Mr. Athar adapted to his abrupt basic fame, and joked about what array of music he should comedy on Monday in his “tiny” bistro in acknowledgment to the huge account event, he acquaint this photograph of “life in Abbottabad.”
In Washington and New York, two cities addled by Al Qaeda on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans accept been adulatory the account of Osama bin Laden’s death.
As my aide Elizabeth Harris reports, “In Times Square, tourists caked out of adjacent hotels and into the streets to absolve with strangers.”
I’m autograph from Lower Manhattan, a the armpit of the Apple Trade Center, and can address that absonant shouts of U!S!A! can still be heard at this hour.
On Twitter, one blogger who rushed to the armpit of the attacks, Michael Skolnik, acquaint a photograph of what he said was the “family of one of the youngest firefighters to lose his activity on 9/11.”
Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American announcer and blogger – who aloof got her American citizenship – wrote that she was taken ashamed by the accent of the celebrations a Arena Zero, which she compared to the acknowledgment from admirers of a arrive sports team.
Here is video of Admiral Barack Obama’s complete account on the killing of Osama bin Laden on Sunday:
Over on The Caucus, my aide Michael Shear is rounding up the acknowledgment from political leaders to the account that American armament asleep Osama bin Laden on Sunday in Pakistan. Actuality is what aloft Admiral George W. Bush had to say:
Earlier this evening, Admiral Obama declared to acquaint me that American armament asleep Osama bin Laden, the baton of the Al Qaeda arrangement that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our advancing and intelligence communities who adherent their lives to this mission. They accept our abiding gratitude. This momentous accomplishment marks a accomplishment for America, for bodies who seek accord about the world, and for all those who absent admired ones on September 11, 2001. The activity adjoin alarm goes on, but tonight America has beatific an apparent message: No amount how connected it takes, amends will be done.
My aide Salman Masood letters from Islamabad, the Pakistani capital:
There has been no accessible official acceptance by Pakistani authorities yet on the killing of Osama bin Laden but a agent of the Inter-Services Intelligence bureau accustomed that Osama bin Laden is asleep but did not accommodate any added capacity and did not say where.
“He is dead”, the ISI agent said Monday morning. “It was a collective intelligence operation. Aloft that I am not able to animadversion adapted now.”
Express News, a bounded Urdu television channel, arise that about midnight on Sunday, three helicopters attacked a abode in the Bilal Boondocks adjacency of Abbottabad, a burghal in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkwa province, amidst aloof 150 kilometers from the basic Islamabad. Bounded association were arise to accept said that the citizenry of the huge admixture had been active there for the accomplished six years and did not collaborate with the neighbors.
Here is a video address from an English-language Pakistani television station:
Here is the complete argument of Admiral Barack Obama’s accent announcement the afterlife of Osama bin Laden, from the White Abode Web site:
Good evening. Tonight, I can address to the American bodies and to the apple that the Affiliated States has conducted an operation that asleep Osama bin Laden, the baton of al Qaeda, and a agitator who’s amenable for the annihilation of bags of innocent men, women, and children.
It was about 10 years ago that a ablaze September day was blurred by the affliction beforehand on the American bodies in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our civic anamnesis — hijacked planes acid through a clement September sky; the Twin Architecture annoyed to the ground; atramentous smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the accident of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, breadth the accomplishments of ballsy citizens adored alike added affliction and destruction.
And yet we apperceive that the affliction images are those that were concealed to the world. The abandoned bench at the banquet table. Accouchement who were affected to abound up afterwards their mother or their father. Parents who would never apperceive the activity of their child’s embrace. About 3,000 citizens taken from us, abrogation a broad aperture in our hearts.
On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American bodies came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the blood-soaked our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to anniversary other, and our adulation of association and country. On that day, no amount breadth we came from, what God we prayed to, or what chase or ethnicity we were, we were affiliated as one American family.
We were additionally affiliated in our dness to assure our nation and to accompany those who committed this abandoned beforehand to justice. We bound abstruse that the 9/11 attacks were agitated out by al Qaeda — an alignment headed by Osama bin Laden, which had aboveboard declared war on the Affiliated States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and about the globe. And so we went to war adjoin al Qaeda to assure our citizens, our friends, and our allies.
Over the aftermost 10 years, acknowledgment to the active and ballsy assignment of our advancing and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve fabricated abundant strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted agitator attacks and adequate our citizenry defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had accustomed bin Laden and al Qaeda safe anchorage and support. And about the globe, we formed with our accompany and allies to abduction or annihilate array of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a allotment of the 9/11 plot.
Yet Osama bin Laden abhorred abduction and able beyond the Afghan bound into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda connected to accomplish from forth that bound and accomplish through its affiliates beyond the world.
And so anon afterwards demography office, I directed Leon Panetta, the administrator of the CIA, to accomplish the killing or abduction of bin Laden the top antecedence of our war adjoin al Qaeda, alike as we connected our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.
Then, aftermost August, afterwards years of assiduous assignment by our intelligence community, I was a on a accessible beforehand to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took abounding months to run this cilia to ground. I met afresh with my civic aegis aggregation as we developed added advice about the achievability that we had amidst bin Laden ambuscade aural a admixture abysmal axial of Pakistan. And finally, aftermost week, I bent that we had abundant intelligence to booty action, and accustomed an operation to get Osama bin Laden and accompany him to justice.
Today, at my direction, the Affiliated States launched a targeted operation adjoin that admixture in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A baby aggregation of Americans agitated out the operation with amazing adventuresomeness and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took affliction to abstain noncombatant casualties. Afterwards a firefight, they asleep Osama bin Laden and took aegis of his body.
For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s baton and sym, and has connected to artifice attacks adjoin our country and our accompany and allies. The afterlife of bin Laden marks the best cogent accomplishment to date in our nation’s accomplishment to defeat al Qaeda.
Yet his afterlife does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no agnosticism that al Qaeda will abide to accompany attacks adjoin us. We charge –- and we will — abide acute at home and abroad.
As we do, we charge additionally acknowledge that the Affiliated States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve fabricated clear, aloof as Admiral Bush did anon afterwards 9/11, that our war is not adjoin Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a accumulation assassin of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has collapsed array of Muslims in abounding countries, including our own. So his annihilation should be accustomed by all who accept in accord and animal dignity.
Over the years, I’ve afresh fabricated ablaze that we would booty activity aural Pakistan if we knew breadth bin Laden was. That is what we’ve done. But it’s important to agenda that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped beforehand us to bin Laden and the admixture breadth he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war adjoin Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks adjoin the Pakistani people.
Tonight, I declared Admiral Zardari, and my aggregation has additionally announced with their Pakistani counterparts. They accede that this is a acceptable and celebrated day for both of our nations. And activity forward, it is basic that Pakistan abide to accompany us in the activity adjoin al Qaeda and its affiliates.
The American bodies did not accept this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the absurd annihilation of our citizens. Afterwards about 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we apperceive able-bodied the costs of war. These efforts counterbalance on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, accept to assurance a letter to a ancestors that has absent a admired one, or attending into the eyes of a account affiliate who’s been acutely wounded.
So Americans accept the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never abide our aegis actuality threatened, nor angle idly by ashamed our bodies accept been killed. We will be adamant in aegis of our citizens and our accompany and allies. We will be authentic to the ethics that accomplish us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who accept absent admired ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Amends has been done.
Tonight, we accord acknowledgment to the endless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve formed endlessly to accomplish this outcome. The American bodies do not see their work, nor apperceive their names. But tonight, they feel the accomplishment of their assignment and the aftereffect of their afterward of justice.
We accord acknowledgment for the men who agitated out this operation, for they body the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled adventuresomeness of those who serve our country. And they are allotment of a bearing that has borne the heaviest allotment of the accountability ashamed that September day.
Finally, let me say to the families who absent admired ones on 9/11 that we accept never abandoned your loss, nor wavered in our charge to see that we do whatever it takes to anticipate accession beforehand on our shores.
And tonight, let us anticipate ashamed to the faculty of accord that prevailed on 9/11. I apperceive that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s accomplishment is a attestation to the abundance of our country and the assurance of the American people.
The account of accepting our country is not complete. But tonight, we are already afresh reminded that America can do whatever we set our apperception to. That is the adventure of our history, whether it’s the afterward of abundance for our people, or the attempt for adequation for all our citizens; our charge to angle up for our ethics abroad, and our sacrifices to accomplish the apple a safer place.
Let us bethink that we can do these things not aloof because of abundance or power, but because of who we are: one nation, beneath God, indivisible, with alternative and amends for all.
Thank you. May God absolve you. And may God absolve the Affiliated States of America.
We are still cat-and-mouse for video of Admiral Barack Obama’s complete accent announcement the afterlife of Osama bin Laden to be acquaint online, but The Associated Columnist has uploaded this axial allotment of the accent to YouTube:
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