03 May '11, 7am

How US spies found Osama's hideout

How US spies found Osama's hideout

Pakistani soldiers stand inside a compound covered with red fabric at the hideout of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden following his death by US Special Forces in a ground operation in Abbottabad. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - IT TOOK years of painstaking intelligence analysis to find Osama bin Laden in Pakistan - but only three words 'It's a go' uttered by President Barack Obama to launch the strike that would kill him. Mr Obama told his national security advisor Tom Donilon and several other top aides on Friday morning that he would sign off on the daring plan in a moment of drama in the ornate Diplomatic Room of the White House. The violent and sudden operation in which Osama died in a short, intense firefight on Sunday in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, contrasted with the months analysts spent piecing together clues that finally tracked him down. Ever since bin Laden esc...

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