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  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Intelligence officials discovered the compound in August while monitoring an al-Qaida courier. The CIA had been hunting that courier for years, ever since detainees told interrogators that the courier was so trusted by bin Laden that he might very well be living with the al-Qaida leader.

    Pakistani policemen walk past a compound, surrounded in red fabric, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbottabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan on Sunday, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. Obama said US forces led a targeted operation that killed bin Laden in Abbotabad north of Islamabad. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Pakistani soldiers walk past a compound, surrounded in red fabric, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

    Nestled in an affluent neighborhood, the compound was surrounded by walls as high as 18 feet, topped with barbed wire. Two security gates guarded the only way in. A third-floor terrace was shielded by a seven-foot privacy wall. No phone lines or Internet cables ran to the property. The residents burned their garbage rather than put it out for collection. Intelligence officials believed the million-dollar compound was built five years ago to protect a major terrorist figure. The question was, who?
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • A Pakistani soldier and policemen stand near a compound, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

    Details were provided in interviews with counterterrorism and intelligence authorities, senior administration officials and other US officials. All spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation.
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Surrounded by red fabric, a compound is seen where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

    On April 29, Obama approved an operation to kill bin Laden. It was a mission that required surgical accuracy, even more precision than could be delivered by the government's sophisticated Predator drones.
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Policemen and a soldier halt traffic at a road block at Abbotabad, in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan and his body was recovered, President Barack Obama said on Sunday. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Surrounded in red fabric, a compound is seen where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Abrar Tanoli
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Vehicles are parked inside the compound of a house where it is believed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden lived in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Pakistani soldiers walk past a compound, surrounded in red fabric, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbotabad, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed
  • Pics: House in which Osama bin Laden was killed