On May 1, 2011, US President Barack Obama announced that al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed in a clandestine raid carried out by Navy SEAL Team Six. Details emerged in the aftermath of the announcement which raised more questions than they answered, from the seemingly-trivial (what kind of dog accompanied DEVGRU on the raid? Did they use a top-secret stealth helicopter?) to the crucial (How could Osama bin Laden have lived for so long right next to a Pakistani military academy? Why wasn't he more heavily guarded? How long did the CIA know where bin Laden was?)
The Pakistani government denies harboring bin Laden and his family, but public US trust in Pakistan has been compromised. The death of Osama bin Laden closes a chapter in American history, but opens a new one, in which the West must re-examine its relationships with its allies, as well as the very nature of "the war on terror" itself.
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