Tribune’s Gamechangers 2011: Osama bin Laden & Seal team 6

Published: January 8, 2012

Hollywood has nothing on this.

In what appears to be something out of a Hollywood movie script (and something Pakistan is still investigating), a team of United States (US) Seals – also known in some quarters as Seal Team 6 – flew into Pakistan on ‘stealth helicopters’ and raided a compound in the garrison city of Abbottabad to capture or kill the most wanted man of recent times, Osama bin Laden.

News of the late night raid started off with reports of a helicopter crashing in the city and later announcements from the US confirmed that their forces had flown into Pakistan without the knowledge of any local officials.

The incident left many baffled and at the same time opened up a Pandora’s Box of questions. What was Bin Laden doing in Pakistan? Who brought him here? Who was giving him protection? Was the military sleeping when the raid team entered our borders? Who was aware of this?

Not only did the raid expose Bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan, it also opened up a window into the life of the al Qaeda leader. Living inside the compound for many years, Bin Laden had reportedly gathered a porn collection at the compound. Much to be said about the man.

Quote: “Justice has been done” – President Obama

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