03 May '11, 2am

A 'stoic' Barack Obama monitored the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in real time, an official said

A 'stoic' Barack Obama monitored the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in real time, an official said

In this image released by the White House, President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON - AGONISING 'minutes passed like days,' after Barack Obama made what a top aide dubbed the 'gutsiest' presidential call in years, and followed in real time as special forces swooped on Osama bin Laden. Mr Obama's gruff anti-terror advisor John Brennan, who hunted the Al-Qaeda mastermind for 15 years, offered tantalising details on Monday of the high-stakes operation in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad in which Osama died. 'It was probably one of the most anxiety-filled periods of time, I think, in the lives of the people who were assembled here yesterday,' Mr Brennan told reporters in a colorful White House b...

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