'Manhunt' Examines the Decade-Long Search for Bin Laden

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Osama bin Laden’s dramatic death resembles the plot of an old-fashioned thriller. Osama bin Laden’s dramatic death resembles the plot of an old-fashioned thriller. (Getty Images/Getty)

Just over 15 years ago, a young producer accompanied CNN reporter Peter Arnett to an isolated mud hut in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. The man they found there became the most notorious terrorist of all time. Osama bin Laden wasn’t particularly well known in 1997, but he certainly made headlines when he declared jihad on America on national television.

"Due to its subordination to the Jews, the arrogance of the United States regime has reached the point that they occupied Arabia, the holiest place of the Muslims, who are more than a billion people in the world today. For this, and other acts of aggression and injustice, we have declared jihad against the U.S," Bin Laden told CNN.

This week marks one year since bin Laden’s death at the hands of Seal Team 6. The young man who produced that first CNN interview with Bin Laden has marked the anniversary with a new book that examines the ten-year search for the world’s most wanted man. Peter Bergen is the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden, from Nine-Eleven to Abbottabad."

Guests:

Peter Bergen

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

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"It was completely unpredictable he would go on to do exactly what he said he was planing to do"
Something to remember when Ahmadinejad speaks of Israel and America.

If OBL is to be called a "conservative" can we call him an "environmentalist" because he wanted to plant trees as we play cute semantic games?

Did these "talking points" include a political blame game if the raid went wrong? Who would be the fall guys?

May. 03 2012 09:38 AM

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