03 May '11, 4am

By killing Osama instead of capturing him, the US has managed to avoid a 'political headache', analysts said

By killing Osama instead of capturing him, the US has managed to avoid a 'political headache', analysts said

A man takes pictures of the front page of a newspaper featuring a picture of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in front of the White House. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - BY KILLING instead of capturing Osama bin Laden, the United States avoided a courtroom spectacle that could have given Al-Qaeda's chief a propaganda boost and created a political headache for President Barack Obama, analysts said on Monday. Though Osama was officially wanted dead or alive, leading him away in handcuffs would have opened up a whole new set of legal and political dilemmas for Washington, fuelling controversies about how to treat and try terror suspects. 'I think the White House is probably breathing a sigh of relief that he was actually killed rather than captured,' said Mr Andrew Exum, a retired Army officer and fellow at the Center for a New American Security. 'There was a real danger if he had...

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