National Security

Bin Laden’s Wife in Abbottabad

Some fascinating reporting from Tim McGirk today on bin Laden’s fifth wife, who was living at the Abbotabad compound with her husband at the time of the raid that killed him. She is said to have been shot in the calf after rushing the Seals that burst into room where the al-Qaeda leader was holed up.

A few key points from the story:

Bin Laden May Have Lived at Abbottabad Compound for Six Years

U.S. intelligence officials estimate that Osama bin Laden had been living in the $1 million Abbottabad compound where he was killed for up to six years, according to Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein. “That’s what we estimate at this stage,” Feinstein told TIME. Bin Laden “could have been there for five or six years.”

How the Operation that Killed Bin Laden Unfolded

Thompson reports:

About two dozen SEALs and CIA enablers swooped down on the compound in a pair of choppers, leaving the second pair lurking nearby in case they were needed.
The U.S. troops came under fire almost immediately, giving the U.S. forces all the justification they needed to amp up their firepower.

The CIA Gets a Rare Public Victory

As the news of Osama bin Laden’s death moves from exhilarating novelty to accepted reality, one group in the U.S. government will emerge as key to the win: the Central Intelligence Agency. From the earliest identification of a …

After Gates: Obama’s New Security Team

It was never going to be easy for Obama to watch Robert Gates walk out of the Pentagon and back into private life. Over two and a half years, Gates has provided impenetrable political air cover for a series of extremely difficult national security decisions, from the surge in Afghanistan to repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Gates’ …

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