Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed

World | | May 2, 2011, 5:52 pm
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Policemen and a soldier halt traffic at a road block at Abbotabad, in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan and his body was recovered, President Barack Obama said on Sunday. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Policemen and a soldier halt traffic at a road block at Abbotabad, in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan and his body was recovered, President Barack Obama said on Sunday. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

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Intelligence officials discovered the compound in August while monitoring an al-Qaida courier. The CIA had been hunting that courier for years, ever since detainees told interrogators that the courier was so trusted by bin Laden that he might very well be living with the al-Qaida leader. <br><br>Pakistani policemen walk past a compound, surrounded in red fabric, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbottabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan on Sunday, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. Obama said US forces led a targeted operation that killed bin Laden in Abbotabad north of Islamabad. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Intelligence officials discovered the compound in August while monitoring an al-Qaida courier. The CIA had been hunting that courier for years, ever since detainees told interrogators that the courier was so trusted by bin Laden that he might very well be living with the al-Qaida leader.

Pakistani policemen walk past a compound, surrounded in red fabric, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbottabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan on Sunday, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. Obama said US forces led a targeted operation that killed bin Laden in Abbotabad north of Islamabad. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

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A Pakistani soldier and policemen stand near a compound, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood<br><br>Details were provided in interviews with counterterrorism and intelligence authorities, senior administration officials and other US officials. All spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation.

A Pakistani soldier and policemen stand near a compound, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Details were provided in interviews with counterterrorism and intelligence authorities, senior administration officials and other US officials. All spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation.

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Surrounded by red fabric, a compound is seen where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood<br><br>On April 29, Obama approved an operation to kill bin Laden. It was a mission that required surgical accuracy, even more precision than could be delivered by the government's sophisticated Predator drones.

Surrounded by red fabric, a compound is seen where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

On April 29, Obama approved an operation to kill bin Laden. It was a mission that required surgical accuracy, even more precision than could be delivered by the government's sophisticated Predator drones.

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Surrounded in red fabric, a compound is seen where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Abrar Tanoli

Surrounded in red fabric, a compound is seen where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Abrar Tanoli

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Vehicles are parked inside the compound of a house where it is believed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden lived in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Vehicles are parked inside the compound of a house where it is believed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden lived in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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Pakistani soldiers walk past a compound, surrounded in red fabric, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Pakistani soldiers walk past a compound, surrounded in red fabric, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

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Pakistani soldiers walk past a compound, surrounded in red fabric, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood<br><br>Nestled in an affluent neighborhood, the compound was surrounded by walls as high as 18 feet, topped with barbed wire. Two security gates guarded the only way in. A third-floor terrace was shielded by a seven-foot privacy wall. No phone lines or Internet cables ran to the property. The residents burned their garbage rather than put it out for collection. Intelligence officials believed the million-dollar compound was built five years ago to protect a major terrorist figure. The question was, who?

Pakistani soldiers walk past a compound, surrounded in red fabric, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Nestled in an affluent neighborhood, the compound was surrounded by walls as high as 18 feet, topped with barbed wire. Two security gates guarded the only way in. A third-floor terrace was shielded by a seven-foot privacy wall. No phone lines or Internet cables ran to the property. The residents burned their garbage rather than put it out for collection. Intelligence officials believed the million-dollar compound was built five years ago to protect a major terrorist figure. The question was, who?