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What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden

Did Pakistan know that Osama bin Laden was hiding inside the country? Carlotta Gall, who's been reporting for the Times from Afghanistan and Pakistan, investigates:

Finally, on a winter evening in 2012, I got the confirmation I was looking for. According to one inside source, the ISI actually ran a special desk assigned to handle Bin Laden. It was operated independently, led by an officer who made his own decisions and did not report to a superior. He handled only one person: Bin Laden. I was sitting at an outdoor cafe when I learned this, and I remember gasping, though quietly so as not to draw attention.

PUBLISHED: March 22, 2014
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5090 words)

The Shooter

The man who killed Osama bin Laden is now out of the Navy, without health care, pension or protection for himself and his family:

"Since Abbottabad, he has trained his children to hide in their bathtub at the first sign of a problem as the safest, most fortified place in their house. His wife is familiar enough with the shotgun on their armoire to use it. She knows to sit on the bed, the weapon's butt braced against the wall, and precisely what angle to shoot out through the bedroom door, if necessary. A knife is also on the dresser should she need a backup.

"Then there is the 'bolt' bag of clothes, food, and other provisions for the family meant to last them two weeks in hiding.

"'Personally,' his wife told me recently, 'I feel more threatened by a potential retaliatory terror attack on our community than I did eight years ago,' when her husband joined ST6."
PUBLISHED: Feb. 11, 2013
LENGTH: 61 minutes (15479 words)

The Hunt For 'Geronimo'

An adaptation of Mark Bowden's new book on the hunt for Osama bin Laden:

"Everyone else favored sending in the SEALs. Clinton, who had faulted Obama during the primary campaign for asserting that he would send forces to Pakistan unilaterally if there was a good chance of getting bin Laden, now said that she favored the raid. She delivered this opinion after a typically lengthy review of the pros and cons. She noted that the raid would pose a diplomatic nightmare for the State Department. But because the U.S.-Pakistani relationship was built more on mutual dependence than friendship and trust, it would likely survive the crisis. Admiral Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, gave a detailed PowerPoint presentation before delivering his endorsement. Mullen had witnessed McRaven’s rehearsals at Fort Bragg and in Nevada. He had high confidence in the SEAL team.

"Brennan, Donilon, Clapper, Panetta, and Morell all agreed. The C.I.A. director felt strongly about it, which was not surprising. This had been his project all along, and the analysts who worked for him would have felt betrayed if their boss had changed his mind. Panetta told Obama that he ought to ask himself this question: 'What would the average American say if he knew we had the best chance of getting bin Laden since Tora Bora and we didn’t take a shot?'"
PUBLISHED: Oct. 13, 2012
LENGTH: 39 minutes (9960 words)

The Triple Agent

The CIA believed he was a “golden source,” a top-secret informant who had penetrated al-Qaeda and brought the agency within striking distance of the terrorist group’s senior leadership. But Humam al-Balawi, a Jordanian pediatrician turned spy, was not what he seemed. In late 2009, several months before the CIA learned of Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout, Balawi appeared to offer the agency the best chance in a decade to find and kill al-Qaeda’s then-No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. But his stunning reports from inside the terrorists’ camp were part of an elaborate trap that culminated in the deaths of nine intelligence operatives, including seven Americans, at a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan.
PUBLISHED: June 22, 2011
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2543 words)

Just Desert

Osama bin Laden is dead, but the wars he provoked rage on, claiming lives in all kinds of ways. Consider the bizarre case of Phil McDowell, a decorated American soldier who completed his four-year tour of duty but now may be deported from Canada and court-martialed as a deserter. How can you go AWOL when you're not even in the army anymore?
PUBLISHED: May 26, 2011
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6037 words)

The Double Game

India has become the state that we tried to create in Pakistan. It is a rising economic star, militarily powerful and democratic, and it shares American interests. Pakistan, however, is one of the most anti-American countries in the world, and a covert sponsor of terrorism. Politically and economically, it verges on being a failed state. And, despite Pakistani avowals to the contrary, America’s worst enemy, Osama bin Laden, had been hiding there for years—in strikingly comfortable circumstances—before U.S. commandos finally tracked him down and killed him, on May 2nd.
PUBLISHED: May 9, 2011
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3160 words)

Obit: Osama bin Laden—The Most Wanted Face of Terrorism

With the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, Bin Laden was elevated to the realm of evil in the American imagination once reserved for dictators like Hitler and Stalin. He was a new national enemy, his face on wanted posters, gloating on videotape, taunting the united states and western civilization. #Sept11
PUBLISHED: May 2, 2011
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5169 words)

Inside Al Qaeda

Nine years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden's network remains a shadowy, little-understood enemy. The truth, as revealed by one of its fighters, is both more and less troubling than we think.
PUBLISHED: Sept. 4, 2010
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3661 words)

An Army of One

Equipped with little more than a sword he'd bought on a home-shopping network, a pair of night-vision goggles, and the blessing of a vengeful Christian God, 50-year-old ex-con Gary Faulkner traveled to the most volatile region of Pakistan to capture Osama bin Laden.
PUBLISHED: Sept. 1, 2010
LENGTH: 28 minutes (7061 words)