Osama bin Laden

St. Louis on the Air
1:56 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

St. Louis Native Mark Bowden On The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden

St. Louis native and author Mark Bowden
Ariana Tobin / St. Louis Public Radio

One of the most dramatic military stories of this young century is about the Navy Seal raid that killed Osama bin Laden, in May 2011.

Host Don Marsh talks with St. Louis native and journalist Mark Bowden, the author of the new book, “The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden.”

Bowden is best known for his 1999 best-selling book, “Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War,” which was later made into a film of the same title, directed by Ridley Scott.

Bowden’s new book about the raid of bin Laden’s compound is drawing praise.

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From St. Louis on the Air
6:21 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

A discussion on the ramifications of Bin Laden's death

(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

On today's St. Louis on the Air, our guests shared their unique perspectives on the death of Osama bin Laden, and what it means for the war on terror.

You can listen to the full show here, but here are a few highlights:

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Death of Osama Bin Laden
4:38 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Behind the scenes with President Obama: the mission against Osama Bin Laden

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/via White House Flickr account)

("Please note: a classified document seen in the above photograph has been obscured."- Pete Souza)

These are a series of photos from chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Pete Souza. He describes them on his Twitter account as "Behind the scenes photos of President Obama from yesterday's mission in Pakistan."

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death of Osama Bin Laden
4:10 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Missouri veterans say U.S. mission continues, despite Bin Laden's death

Maj. John Gillum of the Mo. National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve receives a Silver Star banner and certificate from Gov. Jay Nixon. Gillum says America's mission in Afghanistan isn't over just because Osama Bin Laden has been killed.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Some military veterans from Missouri say America’s mission in Iraq and Afghanistan isn’t over, just because Osama Bin Laden is now dead. 

Major John Gillum of Jefferson City served in Iraq and Afghanistan with both the Army Reserve and the Missouri National Guard.

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Bin Laden death
2:26 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Local politicians react to death of Osama Bin Laden

Updated 2:15 p.m. May 2 with information from conference call with Sen. Blunt

From Senator Roy Blunt:

"Osama bin Laden's death is a major victory for America. This development is the culmination of the sacrifices and dedication from our brave troops and intelligence professionals. After nearly a decade, it also brings a great measure of justice and closure for all Americans who lost loved ones as a result of the brutal attacks against our nation on 9/11. While this does not mean the end of our fight against global terrorism, bin Laden's death is a major blow to al-Qaeda and the terrorist organizations he financed."

In a Monday conference call, Blunt praised the president for sending Special Forces into bin Laden's Pakistani compound, rather than conducting a bombing raid.

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Osama Bin Laden Killed
12:37 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Bin Laden's Last Stand: A Fiery Raid In Pakistan

Osama bin Laden's compound is seen in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, after the U.S. military raid early Monday that ended with the death of the al-Qaida leader.
Aqeel Ahmed AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:54 am

Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen.

The location was a fortified compound in an affluent area north of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The target was Osama bin Laden.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, May 2, 2011

People gather at Ground Zero in New York, NY. Sunday night to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.
bkusler/Flickr

Osama bin Laden is Dead

Missouri lawmakers are reacting to the news that the mastermind of 9-11 has been killed by US Forces. In a statement, Republican Senator Roy Blunt calls Osama bin Laden’s death a major victory for America. Missouri’s Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, calls bin Laden’s death quote “justice delivered.”

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