Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead

Bin Laden files show
a fixation on striking US

Deep in hiding, his terror organization becoming battered and fragmented, Osama bin Laden kept pressing followers to find new ways to hit the US, officials say, citing his private journal and other documents recovered in last week’s raid. (Boston Globe, 5/12/11)

Pakistan identifies top CIA officer

Pakistani officials have angered the CIA by tipping the news media to the identity of the US station chief in Islamabad, a deliberate effort to complicate the work of the spy agency in the aftermath of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, US officials said. (New York Times, 5/10/11)

Bin Laden occupied shrunken, dark world

The most-wanted terrorist lived his last five years imprisoned behind the barbed wire and high walls of his home in Abbottabad, his days consumed by darkness and domesticity. (Boston Globe, 5/8/11)

New videos show glimpse of bin Laden's life

Newly released videos show Osama bin Laden watching himself on television and rehearsing for terrorist videos in the walled confines of his Pakistani hideout. (AP, 5/7/11)

‘We will never forget,’ Obama says in N.Y.

Solemnly honoring victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Obama hugged survivors yesterday, thanked the heroes of one of the nation’s darkest days, and declared that the killing of Osama bin Laden after all these years was an American message to the world: “When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say.’’ (Boston Globe, 5/6/11)

With advisers, Obama rejects
showing photo of bin Laden

President Obama decided not to release graphic photographs of Osama bin Laden’s corpse after concluding that the images could incite violence against Americans and would do little to persuade skeptics. (New York Times, 5/5/11)

Rejoicing over death of bin Laden debated

Amid the displays of celebration following bin Laden’s death, and as President Obama prepares to visit New York to lay a wreath at ground zero and meet with victims’ families, clergy and theologians are debating public shows of triumph. (Boston Globe, 5/5/11)

Calls grow for Afghan pullout

Osama bin Laden’s death fueled demands yesterday for a hastened drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan, despite warnings that a rapid withdrawal could lead that nation into chaos. (Boston Globe, 5/3/11)

Harsh tactics may have aided US raid

Officials have acknowledged that clues gleaned from the Bush administration’s controversial detention centers, coupled with years of patient intelligence work, netted the terrorist mastermind on Sunday. But they declined to say whether harsh interrogation practices played a role. (Boston Globe, 5/3/11)

An emotional wringer for 9/11 families

Many families of Sept. 11 victims felt only measured joy at the news of Osama bin Laden's death, and found themselves confronted once more with aching memories. (Boston Globe, 5/3/11)

US forces kill bin Laden in firefight in Pakistan

US special operations forces killed Osama bin Laden yesterday in a firefight at a compound in Pakistan, ending a massive military manhunt that began a decade ago after the Al Qaeda leader directed the largest terrorist attack in US history. (Boston Globe, 5/2/11)

In Hub, news of death brings out revelers

Family members of 9/11 victims expressed relief, while ebullient college students took to city sidewalks with noisemakers and US flags. (Boston Globe, 5/2/11)