On May 2, 2011, the United States announced the death ofOsama bin Laden, leader of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. This news comes at the end of an intense raid by US special forces into Pakistan, called Operation “Trident of Neptune”, orchestrated by the CIA.
The attack lasted less than an hour, but it took much longer to plan, says former head of the US intelligence agency, John Owen Brennan. “Several months before this raid, Leon Panetta (former CIA Director) went to the White House to say that the CIA had identified the complex where it looked like bin Laden was living. ”
Barack Obama, then president, also played an important role in this operation. “President Obama wanted us to actHe did not want Bin Laden to escape from this complex. So we planned several possible things, first a missile but Obama did not want it because it would have created collateral damage“.
By order of the US president, the operation “Trident of Neptune” was launched like this on the night of May 1 to 2, 2011, with a share of uncertainty. “we did not know if bin Laden himself was present at the compound but he decided it was time to act, “says John O. Brennan.