From White House Dossier: Bin Laden Was Killed in a Daring U.S. Operation

The first details of the operation involved in killing Bin Laden are beginning to emerge. Keith Koffler at the White House Dossier is covering it already. Here are the first accounts that have been released so far…

Bin Laden Was Killed in a Daring U.S. Operation


by Keith Koffler on May 2, 2011, 12:46 am

“Osama Bin Laden was killed in a firefight while resisting the small U.S. assault force that raided his huge, well-fortified compound in a wealthy suburb north of Islamabad, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters early this morning.

Along with Bin Laden, who was living in the compound with his family, two couriers of his and one of his adult sons were also killed. A woman was killed when she was used as a shield by one of the men.

No Americans died. The operation was entirely a U.S. affair. No other country was alerted, including Pakistan. The Pakistanis were alerted afterward.

The compound was built in 2005, likely for the purpose of harboring Bin Laden, but it is not clear how long Bin Laden had been living there, though it appears it was months and probably years.

Officials described what was likely an extraordinarily perilous operation. Two helicopters entered the compound, and a team of U.S. military operatives was on the ground for about 40 minutes completing the mission. One of the choppers failed, but everyone got out on the other.

The compound was a huge residence with twelve to eighteen foot high walls topped with barbed wire.

The planning for the raid took months.

The operation that killed Bin Laden was the result of years of intelligence legwork that had its origins in the Bush administration and accelerated in the last two years as analysts zeroed in on Bin Laden’s location.”

You can read a whole lot more in his article HERE.

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