The raid on Osama Bin Laden

Posted: May 9, 2011 by hbl010 in HBL, news, Pupil
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Steps of the raid.

1. Helicopter-borne US Navy seals fly from Afghanistan to Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan arriving there at 00:30 Monday (09:30GMT Sunday)

2. Two Black Hawk helicopters set down at the compound after one helicopter develops problems. A team of 25 Seals breaches at least three walls to reach the main building.

3. As they go through the compound one person fires on the commandos. Three men and a woman are killed by the US Navy Seals. There are no US casualties.

4. On the second floor US commandos find Osama Bin Laden in a room with one of his wives. She is shot in her leg. Bin Laden, who is unarmed is shot twice and killed.

5. Computer hard drives and other evidence are taken from the compound, with his body. The US team departs after destroying the damaged aircraft.

A high risk raid given the green light by president Barrack Obama had achieved its aim, the death of Washington’s most wanted man – Osama Bin Laden. The operation took place at a compound on the outskirts of Abbottabad in north-west Pakistan. The raid happened at sometime between 00:00 and 01:30 local time on 2nd May (19:00 and 20:30 GMT on Sunday.) Two helicopters had taken off from US air bases at either Jalalabad or Bagram in Afghanistan, were seen by people flying low over the area causing panic among the residents. Residents said they heard explosions and gun shots, but the firing was brief, only lasted a couple of minutes. It is believed that shots were fired from the compound at the helicopters. CIA director Leon Panetta said “ 25 people went in on the ground” from two Hawk helicopters. When on helicopter developed ‘problems’, Mr Panetta said the plans changed and both helicopters set down rather than to drop troops on the roof of the compound. Rather than let the disabled helicopter fall into the wrong hands, the Us Navy Seals blew it up. The target of the operation was the compound, which had a large, three storey building with concrete high walls up to 5.5m (18ft) high, barbed wire and CCTV cameras. The compound has two security gates but no phone or internet lines running into the building. The white house had said it was valued at about $1m (£600,000.) Its occupants were so concerned about security that they were reported to burn their rubbish rather than leave it out to be collected. President Obama and his security team followed the operation in real time from the White House, though its unclear in what form they were receiving updates. As US special forces entered the compound, Mr Pancetta said there were 20-25 minutes when “we didn’t really know what was going on.” Minutes later, he told them “Enemy killed in action.” President Obama then added “We got him.” As well as Bin Laden, three other males and one female were killed. Its thought to be Bin Laden’s trust courier, his brother and an adult son of Bin Laden. The Al-Qaeda leader was in his bedroom when he was shot, once in the chest and once in the head. Us officials say Bin Laden’s son was shot on the staircase.

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