Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad

By Peter L. Bergen


     In Manhunt, Peter Bergen promises a taut but panoramic account of the pursuit and killing of Osama bin weighted down. listed below are riveting new info of bin Laden's flight after the crushing defeat of the Taliban to Tora Bora, the place American forces got here startlingly with regards to taking pictures him, and of the fugitive leader's makes an attempt to discover a safe hiding position. because the basically journalist to achieve entry to bin Laden's Abbottabad compound ahead of the Pakistani govt demolished it, Bergen paints a bright photo of bin Laden's grim, Spartan lifestyles in hiding and his fight to keep up keep an eye on of al-Qaeda.
     part an international away, Bergen takes us contained in the scenario Room, the place President Obama considers the classes of motion offered via his battle council and gets conflicting suggestion from his most sensible advisors sooner than identifying to danger the raid that may swap history--and then contained in the Joint precise Ops Command, whose "secret warriors," the SEALs, could execute Operation Neptune Spear. From the instant Black Hawks take off from Afghanistan till bin weighted down utters his final phrases, Manhunt reads like a thriller.

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C. , the place one million humans will be collected to monitor Obama take the oath of workplace. the head counterterrorism aide to George W. Bush, Juan Zarate, says that in the 4 days prior to the inauguration, chasing down this danger fed on the eye of best nationwide safety officers on either the Bush and Obama groups: “Most of those threats, they wash out quite early on, simply because parts of the tale don’t pan out. I acquired a choice from my deputy, Nick Rasmussen, asserting, ‘This isn’t washing out. ’ ” in any case, the inauguration handed peacefully, and the risk from Al-Shabaab was resolute to be a “poison pen,” within which one workforce of Somali militants sought to make mischief for a rival team. however it was once a stark reminder to Obama and his nationwide protection staff that terrorism will be an incredible concentration in their younger management. Obama was resolute, as he placed it, to “destroy, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda. ” And what larger technique to pace that technique than to do away with bin encumbered? presently after Obama assumed workplace, he met with CIA director Leon Panetta privately within the Oval workplace and requested him, “How’s the path? Has it long past thoroughly chilly? ” Panetta instructed the president that there weren’t many promising leads. Obama stated to him, “We have to redouble our efforts in searching bin encumbered down. ” In different conferences, Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s leader of employees, and different senior participants of the management requested CIA officers point-blank, “Where do you're thinking that Osama bin weighted down is? ” The officers responded that they didn’t have a clue, other than that he was once someplace in Pakistan. In past due may perhaps 2009, Obama bought one in every of his frequently scheduled briefings from his counterterrorism group within the state of affairs Room, which incorporated an replace at the hunt for bin encumbered and his deputy Zawahiri. After the assembly, the president requested Panetta and nationwide protection consultant Tom Donilon to affix him privately within the Oval workplace. The president requested them either to sit and acknowledged, “We really want to accentuate this attempt. Leon, it should be your no 1 objective. ” On June 2, Obama signed a memo to Panetta that said, “In order to make sure that we've expended each attempt, I direct you to supply me inside of 30 days a close operation plan for finding and bringing to justice” bin encumbered. 5 senior U. S. intelligence officers who labored for either Bush and Obama say that the concept that the CIA had to be driven to do extra on bin encumbered is laughable; the company was once doing up to it could actually already. nonetheless, Panetta made updates at the hunt for bin encumbered a required portion of the three-day-a-week operational updates on counterterrorism and heart East matters he already acquired. Woven into that used to be a weekly replace at the hunt for bin encumbered. no matter if they'd not anything, Panetta made it transparent to his employees that they need to inform him what they knew. It turned embarrassing to deliver not anything new to those briefings. One promising lead seemed to be Saad bin encumbered, one of many al-Qaeda leader’s older sons, who had spent many of the previous decade dwelling lower than a few type of apartment arrest in Iran.

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