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.