CIA reveals new secrets about the killing of Osama bin Laden

April 28, 2021
Former CIA director John Brennan told France Press about what he described as the "most difficult, secret, and best planned operation", referring to the Special Forces operation in which bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011. Former CIA director John Brennan told France Press about what he described as the "most difficult, secret, and best planned operation", referring to the Special Forces operation in which bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011.

Vision, America: - The American intelligence was tracking the conveyor of al-Qaeda messages, as he lived in a house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and they expected that he would guide them to the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, but the surprise was that the leader of the organization was living in that house.

The "CIA" warned that its intelligence needs to be verified, but there was enthusiasm during a meeting about the possibility of arresting the most important fugitive wanted by the United States.

Over the following months, CIA observers became increasingly certain that the tall bearded person who was seen walking inside the compound where he was called "Paiser" (meaning the one who walked with steady steps) was Bin Laden even though they could not see his face clearly.

By late December, Obama was ready to act, and in complete secrecy, White House officials began contemplating the process as they laid before them on the table a model of the pool.

Among the options was a guided missile strike, but it would have left them without evidence that they had killed bin Laden, and the second option, a helicopter attack on a dark night, carried very great risks as American soldiers might be killed in an exchange of fire or they might engage in a confrontation. With the Pakistani soldiers, who were not informed of the operation.

With preparations reaching advanced stages in early 2011, a senior CIA expert on bin Laden was 70 percent certain that Paiser was really bin Laden, while another assessment gave this possibility only 40 percent, but not There is no sure certainty of identity.

"We didn't have the intelligence as much as we definitely wanted it," says former CIA director John Brennan.

He added that, however, "there was nothing to contradict the viewpoint that he was bin Laden .. This is what we were looking for, any indication that Paiser is someone other than bin Laden."

On April 28, 2011, corresponding to Thursday, Obama met with senior officials in the underground White House operations room.

Brennan recalls that "Obama wanted to listen to everyone's views." Among those who rejected the operation were Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the current US president, who was Obama's vice president at the time, Joe Biden, but the majority were with the process.

The next morning, Obama gave the green light to the Special Forces Sunday afternoon US time, as Brennan continued to review the plan.

Brennan told France Presse: "You can review it over and over again in your head, to make sure not only of what you have done so far, but also what will happen the next day, that you were confident that every possible aspect of it was being considered."

Senior security and defense officials gathered in the operations room on Sunday to prepare.

As the helicopters departed from Afghanistan on a 90-minute flight to Abbottabad, officials gathered in a side room where Gen. Brad Webb monitored the events from a laptop while he was communicating directly with Special Operations Commander Admiral Bill McCrayvin.

A famous photo from the White House shows Obama, Biden, Brennan and other officials gathered around the Web, while they silently monitor the events of the operation via video.

About 20 minutes later, "Macrieven received from the attackers the phrase Geronimo Geronimo ... Bin Laden was killed."

Brennan recalls that the first reaction was relief. "There was no applause or celebration. The feeling was that an achievement was accomplished," Brennan recalls, admitting that the process was fraught with risks.

Brennan admits the operation was risky.

And he continued, "But as the president said, even if the chances were 50-50, it was the best chance the United States had ever had to capture bin Laden."

"It was definitely the right risk that should have been taken at the right time," he asserts.

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