New Details on Bin Laden Raid

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Osama bin Laden's still image on Al-Jazeera, November 2007 Osama bin Laden's image accompanying an audio broadcast on Al-Jazeera television on November 29, 2007 (AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

On May 1, a group of U.S. Navy SEALs entered Pakistan in Blackhawk helicopters and raided a compound in Abottobad, where they found and killed the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. An extraordinary story has now emerged of what is perhaps the most successful covert operation in U.S. history. 

An astoundingly complete picture is in this week's New Yorker, entitled simply "Getting Bin Laden: What Happened that Night in Abbottabad," gives new details about the raid that brought the end to al-Qaida's leader's life. Nicholas Schmidle, fellow at the New America Foundation and author of "To Live or To Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years Inside Pakistan," has the never before told story of Osama bin Laden's final night.


Nicholas Schmidle

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [2]

j70141 from Colorado

I was all ready to believe that Osama was dead, up until the point that they suddenly stated that his body was dumped into the sea.

Captured, perhaps. I'm sure he could very well be in some prison being tortured for information. The secrecy to prevent terrorist attacks in demand for his release. That I can believe. Dead? Sorry, can't grasp that.

Aug. 02 2011 03:44 PM

Does anybody else find this story incredibly rich in irony? To hear the liberal elites of The New Yorker and WNYC public radio praising the intrepid skill of JSOC and DEVGRU operators, for the assassination of bin Laden?

Just two years ago, in 2009, Seymour Hersh and the elites of The New Yorker were calling this same unit, operating under the direction of Vice President Dick Cheney, an "executive assassination ring."

And what is so amazingly, fantastically hypocritical is that NPR's Talk of the Nation did a story on this unit's operations, and none other than Rep. Jan Schakowsky (a guest on today's The Takeaway) was talking about Congressional investigations.

It would appear that when a military unit is engaged in this kind of operation, it is a "war crime" if led by Cheney, but is American heroism if led by Obama.

Aug. 02 2011 09:37 AM

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