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Osama bin Laden, Mastermind of 9/11, Dead After 10-Year Hunt

The global, decade-long search for Osama bin Laden ended yesterday when U.S. special forces killed the al Qaeda leader in an attack on his hide-out in Pakistan. This is how President Obama announced the news: White House video   Bin Laden had been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. The reward for information that...

The global, decade-long search for Osama bin Laden ended yesterday when U.S. special forces killed the al Qaeda leader in an attack on his hide-out in Pakistan.

This is how President Obama announced the news:

White House video

 

Bin Laden had been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. The reward for information that led to his apprehension or conviction was U.S.$25 million.

 

FBI poster

 

National Geographic documented the hunt for bin Laden in coverage by the National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Magazine.

 

National Geographic Channel video

National Geographic article “Tracking the Ghost of bin Laden”: Text, photos, map, and more.

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