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Inside the Osama bin Laden raid

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Overview

Last night, it was announced that Osama bin Laden was killed  by the United States military and CIA operatives in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This announcement comes after nearly a decade of trying to find bin Laden, following his masterminding of the devastating attacks in America on September 11, 2001. In what is being called a "targeted operation," it is reported that the American forces cornered bin Laden in Pakistan in a compound where he is believed to have been hiding since at least last summer, and when he resisted the assault force, he was shot in the head. He was then buried at sea.

Further details of the operation are as follows:

  • According to a US official, military and intelligence officials first learned of a protected, "high-value target" last summer and began plotting to find and kill bin Laden.
  • The raid lasted 40 minutes. Three other men were killed as well as one woman who was used as a shield by one of the combatants. Two others had been wounded, but no Americans were harmed.
  • Several news reports have stated that the fate of al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri is unknown at this time. Zawahiri is widely believed to be the driving force for al Qaeda operations worldwide.

Implications

As the President stated in his address last night, "The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda. But  his death does not mark the end of our effort. There's no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad." The death of symbolic leader of al Qaeda has US officials concerned about possible retaliatory attacks targeting the US and US interests abroad that may be carried out by self-radicalized lone wolves or members of affiliated al Qaeda groups. Already, the Pakistani Taliban has threatened attacks against the US Pakistani government leaders, and the Pakistan army. In a statement released by the TTP, they stated "Now Pakistani rulers, President Zardari and the army will be our first targets. America will be our second target." The US State Department has issued a worldwide travel warning for Americans, cautioning of the potential for "anit-American violence given recent counter terrorism activity in Pakistan." US citizens traveling in areas where recent events might trigger anti-American violence and activity have been advised to "limit their travel outside of their home and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations."

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