`TERRORIST OSAMA BIN LADEN` KILLED IN FIREFIGHT BY US NAVY SEALS` (revised)
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With Deep Appreciation, `US NAVY SEALS` and all Directives
who were directly or inadvertently involved in the
'Massive Intelligence Hunt to secure or eliminate
the existence of our Most Wanted Long Awaited Capture
of Terrorist Leader Osama Bin Laden`
By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , JAKE TAPPER (@jaketapper) ,
RICHARD ESPOSITO and NICK SCHIFRIN (@nickschifrin)
May 2, 2011
Osama Bin Laden was killed not by a drone strike,
but up close during a firefight with U.S. troops Sunday.
He was not living in a cave when he died, but in a million-dollar mansion
with twelve-foot walls less than 100 miles from the Pakistani capital.
The U.S. had been monitoring the compound in Abbottabad for months after
receiving a tip in August that Bin Laden might be seeking shelter there.
He had long been said to be in the mountainous region along the Afghanistan,
Pakistan border, hiding in a cave as the U.S. sought to kill him with
drone strikes from above. Instead, he was in a house
eight times larger than its neighbors, with walls more than 12 feet tall
and valued at $1 million. The house had no phone or television
and the residents burned their trash.
The house had high windows and few points of access, and U.S. officials
concluded it had been built to hide someone.
According to U.S. officials, two U.S. helicopters flew in low from Afghanistan
and swept into the compound late Sunday night Pakistan time,
or Sunday afternoon Washington time.
Twenty to 25 U.S. Navy SEALs under the command of
the Joint Special Operations Command
in cooperation with the CIA stormed the compound and engaged
Bin Laden and his men in a firefight, and killed Bin Laden and all those with him.
This April 1998 photo shows AL Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
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The Navy Seals Who Killed Bin Laden (Watch Video)
Two Bin Laden couriers were killed, as was one of Osama Bin Laden's sons
and a woman reportedly used as a shield by one of the men.
Other women and children were present in the compound, according to Pakistani
officials,but were not harmed. U.S. officials said that Bin Laden himself
fired his weapon during the fight, and that he was asked to surrender but did not.
One of the U.S. helicopters, a CH47 Chinook, was damaged but not destroyed
during the operation, and U.S. forces elected to destroy it themselves with explosives.
The operation took 40 minutes, much of it spent searching the residence for intelligence.
The Americans took Bin Laden's body into custody after the firefight,
taking it back to Afghanistan by helicopter, and confirmed his identity.
A U.S. official said he was buried at sea in accordance with Islamic practice.
According to Pakistani officials, the operation was a joint U.S.-Pakistani operation,
but U.S. officials said only U.S. personnel were involved in the raid.
"The United States has conducted an operation that has killed Osama Bin Laden,
the leader of Al Qaeda and a terrorist who's responsible for the deaths
of thousands of innocent men, women and children," said President Obama Sunday night
in an address to the nation.
"A small team of Americans carried out with the operation
with extraordinary courage and capability.
After a firefight, they killed Osama Bin Laden, and took custody of his body."
Abbottabad is a city of 90,000 in the Orash Valley, north of Islamabad,
the Pakistani capital, and east of Peshawar.
It's the home of the Pakistani Military Academy and a major highway,
and is 90 miles by road from Islamabad and 40 miles by air.