The Operation To Kill Osama Bin Laden The U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a heavily fortified compound in Abottobad, Pakistan was the final act of an intelligence and military operation that began last summer. NPR's Tom Gjelten provides a breakdown of the secret operation. Also, an update from Pakistan and discuss the implications of bin Laden's death on the operations and future of al-Qaida.
The stunning news that President Obama ordered a lightning raid of a Pakistan safehouse that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden could dramatically reshape the political landscape though only time will tell how durable any such change will be.
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The news of Osama bin Laden's killing was met with cautious excitement by many men from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines in Helmand River Valley — allegedly one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan.
The event is a "notch in the belt," one Marine told NPR photographer David Gilkey, who is embedded with the group. The reigning sentiment was that this is positive, but that the fight goes on:
Here's what some of the Bravo Company marines had to say about the killing of bin Laden:
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell talks about the ramifications of Osama bin Laden's death. And amid a shakeup in the country's national security team, guests discuss the changing roles of the national security community and how the news is playing out in Washington.
The U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a heavily fortified compound in Abottobad, Pakistan was the final act of an intelligence and military operation that began in the summer of 2010. Bin Laden's death will have significant ramifications for the operations and future of al Qaida.