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The finish : the killing of Osama Bin Laden

Author: Mark Bowden
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2012.
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This work is a dramatic account of the hunt for and defeat of Osama bin Laden draws on unprecedented access to primary sources to trace how key decisions were made, revealing events from the perspectives of an adept President Obama and an increasingly despondent bin Laden. After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as the author shows, America  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Osama Bin Laden; Osama Bin Laden; Osama Bin Laden; Usāma Ibn-Lādin; Osama Bin Laden
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Bowden
ISBN: 9780802120342 0802120342 9780802121004 0802121004
OCLC Number: 795759627
Notes: Includes an errata for page 229.
Description: xv, 266 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A definition of evil --
The path of Jihad --
Taking up arms --
The targeting engine --
"Please make sure to keep the children and all of the families away from the areas that are being photographed and bombed" --
Disguised uncertainty --
"Adhering to these precautions" --
The finish --
Glitter.
Responsibility: Mark Bowden.
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This work is a dramatic account of the hunt for and defeat of Osama bin Laden draws on unprecedented access to primary sources to trace how key decisions were made, revealing events from the perspectives of an adept President Obama and an increasingly despondent bin Laden. After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as the author shows, America found that its war with al Qaeda, a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track, demanded an innovative approach. Step by step, the author describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this war, the fusion of intel from various agencies and on the ground special ops. After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By Spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a 50/50 chance that Osama was there. The author shows how three strategies were mooted: a drone strike, a precision bombing, or an assault by Navy SEALs. In the end, the President had to make the final decision. It was time for the finish.

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