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How our SEALs “got him” by Philip Ewing for DEFENSE STANDARD
WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden spent the last day of his life on Earth in a walled compound custom-built to hide him from it. The compound had no telephone or Internet connections to the local grid. Its balconies were built with seven-foot walls, so the 6-foot, 4-inch bin Laden could take the air without being seen. Its gray exterior walls rose 18 feet and were crowned with barbed wire, to foil onlookers and frustrate anyone attempting to scale them . And yet in the early hours of May 2, local time, death breached the defenses of bin Laden’s miniature fortress. It came, as it often does, as the companion of American special operators, who dropped out of the night sky to repay a 10-year-old debt of blood on behalf of millions of people across the world. Read more