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The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011



The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, May 3, 2011. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:3-MGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l DEATH OF A TERRORIST killed by US forces US personnel identified him by facial recognition. Officials declined to say whether DNA analysis had also been used. The al-Qaida chief was living in a house that US officials said was custom-built to hide someone of significance. Abbottabad is about 100km north of the capital Islamabad, far from the remote mountain caves along the Pakistan-Afghanistan tribal border where most intelligence assessments had put bin Laden in recent years. Senior US officials said two men believed to be bin Ladens couriers and one of his adult sons were also killed in the raid, while a woman who was used as a human shield perished. Other US officials said they were stunned when intelligence reports first revealed the elaborate security at bin Ladens compound, with 4-6m high walls topped with barbed wire. A key to the operation was a long-running effort by American spy agencies to track a trusted courier for bin Laden, another senior US official said. Former US president George W Bush, who was in office at the time of the September 11 attacks when almost 3000 people died, said bin Ladens death was a victory for America and congratulated Obama and US intelligence and military forces. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done, Bush said in a statement. In spontaneous celebrations, thousands gathered outside the gates of the White House, cheering, chanting and waving US flags. In New York, crowds jammed around Ground Zero, as residents of the city which bears the worst scars of the September 11 attacks said they could now begin to heal. In the shadow of the World Trade Center, which has remained a place of sadness, tears flowed once again, but this time with joy. The night it ended for Face of Evil By MATT APUZZO in Washington HELICOPTERS descended out of darkness on the most important counter-terrorism mission in US history. It was an operation so secret only a select few US officials knew about it. The location was a fortified compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad. The target was Osama bin Laden. Intelligence officials discovered the compound in August while monitoring an al-Qaida courier. The CIA had been hunting him for years, ever since detainees told interrogators he was so trusted by bin Laden he might be living with him. The compound, in an affluent suburb, was surrounded by walls as high as 5.5m, topped with barbed wire. Two security gates barred the only way in. A third-floor terrace was shielded by a 2m privacy wall. No phone lines or internet cables ran to the property. The residents burned their garbage rather than putting it out for collection. Intelligence officials believed the million-dollar compound had been built five years previously to protect a major terrorist figure. The CIA concluded it was almost certainly bin Laden. US President Barack Obama described the operation in broad strokes on Sunday night. Details were provided by counter-terrorism and intelligence authorities, senior administration officials and other US officials on condition of anonymity. By mid-February, intelligence from multiple sources was clear enough for Obama to want to pursue an aggressive course of action, a senior official said. Normally, the US shares its counterterrorism intelligence with trusted allies. And it normally does not carry out ground operations inside Pakistan without collaboration with Pakistani intelligence. But this mission was too important and too secret. On April 29, Obama approved an operation to kill bin Laden. It required surgical accuracy, so Obama tapped a small contingent of the US navys elite SEAL Team Six. Details of exactly how the raid unfolded remain murky, but the al-Qaida courier, his brother and one of bin Ladens sons were killed. No Americans were injured. Senior administration officials will only say that bin Laden resisted. And then the man behind the worst terrorist attack on US soil died from an American bullet to his head. what its leaders death means Crowds celebrate in Times Square after the death of Osama bin Laden was announced by President Barack Obama That battle has long been acknowledged as the closest the US had come to catching bin Laden. It was later confirmed by military and intelligence bosses that they still believed bin Laden had only narrowly slipped away from them in that battle. After that, the trail largely went cold. Former president George W. Bush said bin Laden had gone from being wanted dead or alive to being just one part of the campaign, and one he rarely thought about. What did bin Ladendo while on the run? The precise details of his movements are unknown, of course. But he did not stay silent. Several times over his first few years as a fugitive, he released audio tapes commenting on recent events, including the war in Iraq and other terrorist attacks from al-Qaida groups or their satellites. Those tapes underlined his status as a global terror figurehead and inspiration and provided a powerful propaganda tool. Later, such tapes were also issued by Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaida no.2 Ayman al-Zawarhiri, who remains a fugitive. What does thismean for alQaida? It is a big loss of a figurehead leader, but ultimately the group was established to be able to survive the elimination of its leadership. Announcing the death, President Obama warned Americans this was not the end of al-Qaida. There is no doubt that al Qaida will continue to pursue attacks against us, he said. What does thismean for thewar inAfghanistan? The main opposition in the war in Afghanistan is a resurgent Taliban, with some al-Qaida remnants in support. The Taliban figurehead leader Mullah Mohammed Omar remains at large. The NATO-led military alliance in Afghanistan is due to begin handing tactical control to local forces this year, paving the way for troop withdrawals which the US had scheduled to begin in July.