More details have emerged of how al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden was found and killed at a fortified compound in north-west Pakistan.
One thing which apparently stirred US curiosity was why should such a major establishment be careful not to have highly hackable phone or internet connections.
US Intelligence claims to have identified the building as housing a major terrorist figure via tracking a courier used by bin Laden to keep in touch with the rest of the world.
A plan to find the al Qaeda figure head was instigated last August. Nothing was left to chance in the military preparations.Once in place the operation took just 45 minutes.
John Brennan of US counter terrorism described what happened.
“He was engaged in a firefight with those that entered the area of the house through his end. And whether or not he got off any rounds, I quite frankly, don’t know. Thinking about that from a visual perspective, here is bin Laden, who has been calling for these attacks, living in this million-dollar-plus compound; living in an area that is far removed from the front; hiding behind women who were put in front of him as a shield. I think it really just speaks to just how false his narrative has been over the years.”
Hours afterwards, Pakistani security forces were left to block off access to the compound.