Sunday, May 15, 2011

The search for bin Laden

From the stone-age caves of Tora Bora to a luxury apartment in Tehran, the CIA chased endless shadows and false leads in a hunt that seemed destined to fail. Many analysts came to believe that bin Laden was already dead, having succumbed, supposedly, to typhoid.

In the end, America’s unending obsession with Osama bin Laden led them to a hideout that could hardly have been further removed from the mountains and tunnels where most people pictured him being holed up: a million-dollar purpose-built compound within walking distance of Pakistan’s main military academy.

Bin Laden avoided capture for 10 years because we had no idea what we were doing.

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