Assassination of Osama bin Laden

As you've been hearing in the news ... Osama bin Laden is dead, shot in a firefight after U.S. forces raided his hideout, a mansion in Abbottabad not far from Islamabad. In the end it was the Courier who they tracked, a trusted operative for Osama bin Laden who unwittingly led the U.S. to a compound in the middle of a Pakistani city that is home to hundreds of Pakistani soldiers and military officials. We follow this story this morning.



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Assassination of Osama bin Laden - Ali K. Chishti

They were jubilant at Ground Zero in New York, in Times Square, at the White House, at a baseball game in Philadelphia ... crowds gathered almost immediately to celebrate the death of a man who has long plagued the American psyche.

Just before midnight in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama announced bin Laden's assassination by US forces, after months of intelligence work that tracked him in a compound deep within Pakistan, about 100 kilometres from the capital, Islamabad.

We aired a clip from leaders around the world as they take in the news with what our Prime Minister calls "sober satisfaction". We heard from Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Israeli President Shimon Peres, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and of course, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The sober satisfaction Mr. Harper spoke of is not lost on Donna Marsh O'Connor. She lost her daughter in the 9/11 attacks. We heard from her.

For more detail on what this means and what happened, we turn to Pakistan. The details of this story are still emerging. What we do know is that after Osama bin Laden was killed, his body was buried by the U.S. at sea. What remains ambiguous is the role of Pakistan in all of this - it's intelligence service, the ISI.

Ali K. Chishti is an investigative journalist and writes for two Paksitani papers, the Daily Times and The Friday Times. He was in Karachi and is following this story.

Assassination of Osama bin Laden - Robert Fisk

For more on what this will mean in the arab world, we were joined by Robert Fisk, the Middle East Correspondent for The Independent newspaper. He's one of the very few journalists who has ever met Osama bin Laden. He was in Beirut.

Assassination of Osama bin Laden - Anthony Shaffer

Our next guest knows better than most what it took to kill Osama Bin Laden.
Anthony Shaffer is U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with 25 years of experience in counter-terrorism and intelligence. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and the author of Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan, and the Path to Victory. Anthony Shaffer was in Washington this morning.

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