Monday, May 2, 2011
Navy SEALS had held two rehearsals last month, with war cabinet monitoring from White House. The raid, originally planned for Saturday, was delayed a day due to weather. On Sunday, a U.S. helicopter hovered over a compound valued at $1 million dollars in Abbottabad, a suburb of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, blew it up and departed in a reinforcement craft. This is how the fiery raid went down.
In the compound of about an acre, sat a three-story house surrounded by 12-and-18-foot-high walls, and seven-foot wall on the upper balcony, lived Osama bin Laden, the de facto leader of global al Qaeda network and the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks on the USA which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 and fundamentally changed our way of life.
U.S. intelligence had discovered the compound by following a personal courier who worked for Osama bin Laden. U.S. officials never had anything directly proving that bin Laden was living in the compound which was discovered in August 2010, then it took two years to track him back to the compound.
The helicopter carrying the SEALS assault force appeared to stall as it hovered over the compound, producing heart-stopping moments for the officials back in Washington. Aides were fearful of another “Black Hawk Down” and “Desert One.” The pilot put the bird down gently in the compound, but couldn’t get it started again. The assault force disembarked and the team raided the compound.
Reports say bin Laden resisted the assault force, but was shot in the face during the attack. Reinforcements arrived and picked up the Navy SEALS. Photographs taken of the dead body used facial-recognition technology compared them with known pictures of bin Laden.
It was him.
Photos of the dead Obama bin Laden courtesy of Le Monde France.