On the Radar: May 2, 2011

In Death, Mythology of Bin Laden Falls Apart
By Yochi J. Dreazen and Sara Sorcher, National Journal
Osama bin Laden is hiding in a cave in Pakistan’s lawless tribal regions, far from any major cities. He is guarded by specially chosen bodyguards instructed to shoot the militant leader to ensure he isn’t captured or killed by U.S. forces. After nearly a decade of successfully evading the CIA operatives and military commandos charged with finding him, he is unlikely to ever be found by American counterterror forces. Read more

Detective Work on Courier Led to Breakthrough on Bin Laden
By Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper, The New York Times
After years of dead ends and promising leads gone cold, the big break came last August. Read more

Bin Laden Is Dead, Obama Says
By Peter Baker, Helene Cooper and Mark Mazzetti, New York Times
Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the most devastating attack on American soil in modern times and the most hunted man in the world, was killed in a firefight with United States forces in Pakistan on Sunday, President Obama announced. Read more

The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden
By Marc Ambinder, National Journal
From Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan, the modified MH-60 helicopters made their way to the garrison suburb of Abbottabad, about 30 miles from the center of Islamabad. Aboard were Navy SEALs, flown across the border from Afghanistan, along with tactical signals, intelligence collectors, and navigators using highly classified hyperspectral imagers. Read more

In Bin Laden’s Death, a Critical Moment for the Arab World
By David Sanger, New York Times
In the early days of the Arab Spring, President Obama frequently told his aides that the movement sweeping from Cairo to Yemen — one place where Al Qaeda found its intellectual roots, the other where it has taken refuge — created what he called an “alternative narrative” for a disaffected generation. Read more

President’s Vow Fulfilled
By Jeff Zeleny, New York Times
President Obama’s announcement late Sunday that Osama bin Laden had been killed delivered not only a long-awaited prize to the United States, but also a significant victory for Mr. Obama, whose foreign policy has been the subject of persistent criticism by his rivals. Read more

Obama's focus on Osama bin Laden paid off
By John Dickerson, CBS News/Slate
At approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday, President Obama announced to the nation that on his orders U.S forces had killed Osama Bin Laden. His reputation for lawyerly inaction may never recover. Read more

Step by Step: How the U.S. Killed bin Laden
By Aamer Madhani and Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal
Soon after coming to office, President Obama made it clear that killing or capturing Osama bin Laden was one of his highest national-security priorities. Read more

U.S. Military Team Targeted Bin Laden In Pakistan
By Tom Gjelten and Linda Wertheimer, NPR
U.S. helicopters hit a fortified compound in Pakistan. Intelligence officials discovered the compound last summer while monitoring an al-Qaida courier. Listen

Analysis: Bin Laden death gives US reason to cheer
By Liz Sidoti, Associated Press
At last, something big to celebrate and lift America's mood. A nation surly over rising gas prices, stubbornly high unemployment and nasty partisan politics poured into the streets to wildly cheer President Barack Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted man, had been killed by U.S. forces after a decade-long manhunt. Read more

Osama Bin Laden Killed in U.S. Operation Near Islamabad
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
The killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces put American and allied officials on guard against possible reprisals as they vowed to maintain the fight against terrorism. Read more

Obama's new players on Afghanistan
By Doyle McManus, The Los Angeles Times
The message the White House tried to send with last week's changes at the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. command in Afghanistan was continuity. This wasn't a change of direction, aides said; it was merely a shuffling of the players necessitated by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' retirement. Read more

NATO doubts claims that strike killed Gadhafi family members
By Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers
NATO has found no evidence to support claims by the Libyan government that an airstrike in Tripoli killed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's youngest son and three grandchildren, two military officials told McClatchy Sunday. Read more

Senate 'Gang' Hashes Out Deficit Plan
By Naftali Bendavid and Damian Paletta, The Wall Street Journal
Sen. Mark Warner brings a buzzer to meetings of the "Gang of Six" senators who are working to craft a grand deficit-cutting deal. If talks get too tense, Mr. Warner, a Virginia Democrat, hits the button, which intones: "Bull— detected. Take precautions." Read more

Posted: Mon, 05/02/2011 - 1:45pm