2nd May 2011: Osama Bin Laden Dead

Obama Announces UBL's Death (Doug Mills/New York Times)

Al Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday during an attack on Abottabad, Pakistan (NY Times story).

Prior to the White House’s official confirmation, the story leaked onto Twitter (NY Times story).

Bin Laden’s death changes a case study chapter I was beginning to outline about Al Qaeda.

Some resources:

Transcript of Obama’s comments on Osama bin Laden’s death.

New York Times obituary of Osama bin Laden.

• George Packer: Better Late Than Never.

• David Remnick: Obama and Osama.

• Lawrence Wright: Hey, Hey, Goodbye.

• Google Maps display of Bin Laden’s compound.

• PBS Frontline episode Hunting Bin Laden.

• Bin Laden biographers: Peter Bergen, Michael Scheuer, and Lawrence Wright.

• Steve Coll on Young Osama (New Yorker).

• Lawrence Wright on Rebellion Within Al Qaeda (New Yorker).