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Bin Laden Capture

Prior to becoming Defense secretary, Leon Panetta was CIA director when al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces. On the NewsHour, he described the final tense seconds of the commando raid. In this photo, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1, 2011.