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President Obama on Friday morning at 8:20 a.m. signed off on the operation that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, the commander-in-chief reviewed final preparations for a special forces raid on a highly fortified compound in Pakistan. He then was notified at 3:50 p.m. that bin Laden, the founder of al Qaeda, had been "tentatively identified," and he received additional briefings in the White House situation room throughout the night, the official said.

Obama approved bin Laden operation Friday morning

In a dramatic late-night appearance in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama declared that "justice has been done" as he disclosed that American military and C.I.A. operatives had finally cornered Bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader who had eluded them for nearly a decade. American officials said Bin Laden resisted and was shot in the head. He was later buried at sea.

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The plot of land was roughly eight times larger than the other homes in the area.

Physical security is extraordinary: 12 to 18 foot walls, walled areas, restricted access by two security gates." The residents burn their trash, unlike their neighbors. There are no windows facing the road. One part of the compound has its own seven-foot privacy wall.

And unusual for a compound valued at more than $1 million: It had no telephone or Internet service.

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"Nonetheless, the symbolic impact of his death cannot be under-estimated, either in the war on terror or on Obama's re-election prospects."

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Navy's elite SEAL Team Six and put them under the command of CIA Director Leon Panetta, whose analysts monitored the compound from afar.

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Posted: 2011-05-02 11:29:59

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