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The End of the Hunt: How US Navy SEALs Finally Captured and Killed Osama bin Laden

The Hunt for the World's Most Wanted: The Capture and Killing of Osama bin Laden

By Lawrence LeasePublished 5 months ago 3 min read
Credit: YouTube/60 Minutes

Osama bin Laden, the founder and leader of the terrorist group al-Qaeda, was responsible for numerous high-profile attacks against the United States and its allies. These included the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed over 200 people, and the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

Bin Laden's crimes and the hunt for him became a major focus of the US government and intelligence agencies in the years following the 9/11 attacks. Despite numerous leads and close calls, bin Laden managed to evade capture for over a decade, hiding in various locations throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The hunt for Osama bin Laden was a long and complex process that involved the collaboration of various intelligence agencies and military forces from around the world. It was also marked by a number of close calls, false leads, and setbacks. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the US government immediately launched a massive manhunt for bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders. The CIA, FBI, and other agencies worked tirelessly to gather intelligence on bin Laden's whereabouts and movements. They followed leads, interrogated suspects, and analyzed satellite imagery in an effort to track him down.

The early years of the hunt were marked by a number of close calls and false leads. In 2002, the CIA received a tip that bin Laden was hiding in the mountains of Tora Bora, Afghanistan. US and allied forces conducted a series of airstrikes and ground assaults on the area in an attempt to capture or kill bin Laden, but he managed to escape. In the following years, the US government continued to gather intelligence on bin Laden's whereabouts, but he remained elusive.

In 2010, the CIA received a tip from a detainee in custody that led to the discovery of a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where bin Laden was believed to be hiding. The compound was heavily fortified and had no phone or internet connections, which raised suspicions. The CIA conducted surveillance on the compound for months and finally, on May 2, 2011, US Navy SEALs conducted a raid on the compound, killing bin Laden in a firefight.

The killing of bin Laden was a major victory for the US and its allies in the War on Terror. It was also a huge relief for the families of the victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks attributed to al-Qaida. The operation was code-named "Operation Neptune Spear" and was carried out by a team of US Navy SEALs from the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), also known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six. The success of this operation was a testament to the skill and determination of the men and women of the US intelligence community and military.

The capture and killing of bin Laden was a major victory for the US government and its allies in the War on Terror. However, it also sparked controversy and debate, as some questioned the legality of the raid and the decision to bury bin Laden at sea.

The death of bin Laden marked a significant blow to al-Qaeda, which has struggled to regain its prominence in the years since. However, the group and other extremist organizations continue to pose a threat to global security, and the fight against terrorism continues to be a major concern for governments and intelligence agencies around the world.

In conclusion, Osama bin Laden was a notorious terrorist responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people, and his capture and death marked a major victory in the fight against terrorism. However, the fight against extremism and terrorism is ongoing, and the international community must remain vigilant in the face of continued threats.

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About the Creator

Lawrence Lease

Alaska born and bred, Washington DC is my home. I'm also a freelance writer. Love politics and history.

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