A Look At How The Spies Found Bin Laden
U.S. intelligence officials have been tracking Osama bin Laden for years. The trail went cold after the U.S. overthrow of the Taliban in 2001. But everything changed last year.
How Was The Bin Laden Raid Carried Out?
American forces — including Navy SEALS along with CIA operatives — flew in by helicopter and stormed the compound where Osama bin Laden had been hiding. In less than 40 minutes, the U.S. forces killed bin Laden and took possession of his body. More details are emerging about the operation, and Melissa Block speaks with NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman for the latest.
Pakistan City Reels After Bin Laden's Killing
Long believed to be hiding on the Afghan-Pakistan border, Osama bin Laden was hunted down in Abbottabad, near Pakistan's elite military academy. Many residents were shocked that the world's most wanted terrorist lived in the town. Others said the U.S. should leave the region now that it has achieved its goal.
Jihadist Websites React To Bin Laden's Death
Melissa Block talks with Rita Katz, executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group, about what she's seen on jihadist — and — other websites since it was announced that Osama bin Laden was killed.
Al-Qaida's Resilience May Mean Its Survival
The killing of Osama bin Laden means al-Qaida is going through its first leadership succession in more than 20 years. But the terrorist group made contingency plans in case of its leaders' deaths, and those plans are likely to become clear in the coming days and weeks.
Can the U.S. Legally Defend Its Attack On Bin Laden?
The successful military operation against Osama bin Laden raises all sorts of questions about the legal authority the U.S. government relied on to carry out the deadly attack. Was it an assassination under U.S. or international law? Did it require approval of the highest levels of the Justice Department or a new executive order by the president? Was Pakistan's sovereignty disrespected?
Kabul Reacts To Bin Laden's Death
Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 attacks affected many countries besides the U.S., especially Afghanistan. Bin Laden traveled there in the 1980s to fight against the Soviet occupation alongside the Afghan mujahideen supported by America. By 2001, Afghanistan's Taliban was the last government in the world that would host Bin Laden, with devastating consequences for that country and the U.S.
South Picks Up The Pieces After Deadly Tornadoes
Searchers are still trying to find those missing after last week's deadly rash of tornadoes that ripped through the South. More than 340 people are dead, but the toll is expected to rise as the rubble is cleared. In hard-hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., those who were spared the worst are trying to start anew.