here are some reported facts, leadup to the insertion team, from the
'Obama: "In Abbottabad, Pakistan... a small team of Americans... after a firefight they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body... Our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden."
The CIA tracked bin Laden to a five-year-old palace compound custom-built for bin Laden and protected by 12- to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire, owned by two brothers in a rich suburb of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, last September, a senior Obama official told a group of us reporters.
The suburb, Abbottabad, is home to retired Pakistani military officers, he said, adding the mansion where bin Laden stayed was by far the biggest house in a neighborhood of comfortable homes.
Another official said suspected al Qaeda supporters detained by the US had told US authorities a courier they were tracking was working with bin Laden, but al Qaeda security made it tough to learn more until last summer when US officials figured the extraordinary security at the compound made it likely bin Laden was there.
By February the CIA and other agencies felt they had enough information to plan an attack. Starting in March, the agencies began planning an attack, and the attack was authorized April 29.
A third official defended the attack, calling Obama a key figure in targeting the US as a target by supporters of his al Qaeda movement ten years after the 9/11 attacks even though he doesn't appear to have direct control over today's Islamist terrorists.
Three other men were killed in a 40-minute raid, including two suspected couriers and a son of bin Laden. A woman was killed when she was used by one of bin Laden's companions as a human shield, an official said. One of the raiders' helicopters broke down, but all were able to leave safely '