Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A last-minute double-check of intelligence before the raid that killed Osama bin Laden cast fresh doubt on whether he was really in the Pakistani compound where he was found, according to a new documentary.
The History network, in its “Targeting Bin Laden” special that airs in the US next Tuesday, said President Barack Obama convened a special “red team” of terrorism experts to take a fresh look at the evidence. That team had greater doubt that bin Laden was in the Abbottobad, Pakistan home primarily because they didn’t believe he would take the risk of having as many visitors as he did.
Despite the new assessment, Mr Obama ordered the mission to proceed. Four days later on May 2, a team of US Navy SEALs successfully located and killed the terrorist leader behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Mr Obama was interviewed two weeks ago for the special, which provides a play-by-play account of what went into the planning and execution of the raid. Other people interviewed for the special include national security adviser Tom Donilon, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and former CIA officials.
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