When I covered the siege of Sarajevo, I heard stories about a slim, tall renegade Saudi prince who reportedly went there a couple of time bearing sacks of money.
"Our Muslim brothers are being killed, our women raped, our children massacred, all under the eye of the United Nations," the prince was said to have declared. "The West sends Blue Helmets and dried beans. We bring you guns and men."
It wasn't until later in the 1990's that I learned he was Osama bin Laden.
At the CIA, the hunt for Osama bin Laden had gone on since before 9/11. The agency created a special unit, called Alec Station, which focused on learning all it could about the al-Qaida leader. Yet for most of the past decade, no one could answer the basic question: Where is he? Now that the question has finally been put to rest, NPR's Rachel Martin has this look back at the special CIA unit.
David Brodeur was killed last week along with seven other U.S. service members when an Afghan pilot he was helping to train opened fire at a meeting. Brodeur's childhood friends in Massachusetts remember the fun but dutiful boy who fell in love with flying by going to air shows. He leaves behind two children and his wife, who's been planning the funeral amid news that Osama bin Laden, the seminal reason for American troops in Afghanistan, has been killed. Curt Nickisch reports.
The struggle for the western Libyan city of Misrata continues amid reports of war crimes by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The city has been under siege for more than two months, and the brutal fighting has left hundreds of civilians dead or injured. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Libya about the situation.
Friday night in the NHL saw the Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers, two very good teams, end their Stanley Cup bids without putting up much of a fight. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Mike Pesca about the week's NBA and NHL playoff games and the Kentucky Derby.
President Obama ended this week like many others, talking about green jobs in the Midwest. But nothing else about this week was typical. The death of Osama bin Laden made this a landmark moment in his presidency. NPR's Ari Shapiro traveled with the president to Indiana and to Fort Campbell, Ky., where the president addressed troops and spoke to members of the team that conducted the raid on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
Under pressure from hunters, ranchers and farmers, Congress removed the Rocky Mountain grey wolf from the endangered species list in Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington and Oregon this week, much to the consternation of environmentalists and animal-rights groups. Host Scott Simon speaks with reporter Jim Robbins about the first-ever act of Congress to remove an animal from the endangered species list.
The coroner investigating the deaths of the victims of the bomb attacks in London on July 7, 2005, ruled on Friday that the 52 people who died were unlawfully killed by four British Muslim men who were inspired by Osama bin Laden. The coincidence of the verdict and the recent killing of bin Laden has led to some reflection in Britain about the four attacks on London's transport system that day. Vicki Barker reports.
Where does the death of Osama bin Laden leave al-Qaida? Will bin Laden become a martyr or a fading memory? Host Scott Simon speaks with Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, about the killing of bin Laden and its implications for al Qaida, the U.S. and Pakistan.
One of the artistic geniuses who helped make Maria and Tony, the Sharks and the Jets and Baby and Mama Rose household names has died after a long, signature career. Arthur Laurents, who directed and wrote some of the most beloved classics of stage and screen was 93. Host Scott Simon talks to Broadway actress Patti LuPone about the passing of the renowned director, playwright and screenwriter.