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May 6th, 2011
09:52 PM ET

New Details on Raid at bin Laden Compound: Join the Live Chat

We have several breaking developments on the raid that left Osama bin Laden dead.  There's a  new report on who led the CIA to the site. Plus, details on a U.S. drone strike against a terrorist.  We'll tell you who was being targeted and whether it was successful. Plus, much more.

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Jo Ann, Ohio

    That is terrible! I don't like the idea of dogs being forced to parachute from a plane. It must be frightening for them!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes!!! I agree, Good point!!!!!! 🙂

      May 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Mike in TX

      It's all in the training. Those are the best cared for dogs in the world.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Lori

    Good night Anderson and Sanjay. Good night everyone. Sweet dreams and have a good weekend.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Good night Lori!!!!! Same to you!

      May 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  3. Janis

    Thanks, Peter Bergen. Hope to hear more. Very interesting conversations.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good job Dr. Sanjay!!!!! I also agree with his point...... Technology are most best frame I have seen that!!!! I love that!!!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Janis

      I love technology, Megan. So many great tools.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
      • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

        Yes! I agree with you, Janis!!! 🙂

        May 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Zawahiri may not be charismatic, but Awlaki is. If they work together there could be trouble.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hello Everyone!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Hello Gloria,
      Glad see you join so late tonight! 🙂

      May 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  7. Lori

    Facial recognition gives me peace of mind

    May 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  8. lisal -canada

    the brittany spears look kinda works ... i was thinking earlier in the broadcast "gee – that mic looks really cool"

    May 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  9. astitwa thapa

    I want to see the picture of his body. Will Pakistan now accept the fact that it harbors terrorists like OBL?

    May 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Chi

    Wow! NYC by night. So beautiful!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes, it is very beauitful view in NYC!!!!! That is so special place to see this view! I agree!

      May 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  11. Janis

    I really appreciated the conversations with Peter Bergen concerning al-qaeda. I'm trying to understand the psyche of these religious zealots and Peter Bergen seems to know alot about them. It reminds me of gangs in America but I'm not sure. Lots of questions.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • Justin

      they do remind me of the gangs here. you wounder if they will run the same way after the leader was taken down.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  12. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I think way too much militarily sensitive material is getting released.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • MaryBeth

      I agree. Honestly speaking, there are things that I do not need to know and will be just fine to never know. Others though, they are all about transparency. They want to to know everything because if they don't, they think there's a conspiracy.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Nina

    I find it difficult to believe that the ISI had no idea that Bin Laden was living in Pakistan

    May 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  14. Chris

    Many feel that the Pakistanis had to know bin Laden was in the compound. Did I hear correctly that the compound had been under surveillance for quite a long time by the CIA who had a place nearby. If true, then if we feel the Pakistanis had to know bin Laden was there, would we not then expect them to also know that the CIA was nearby which I assume they did not know. So perhaps they did not know bin Laden was in the compound.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Good point!!!! They did not know where was Osama bin Laden hiding in Compound area. They did also lying to us that, One person already knew where was he. So, That was so not good idea to lie us at all.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Janis

    Actually, I'm very surprised at all the transparency with our military actions.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • Mike in TX

      The nature of the target and need for it to be public led to the efforts to share. We can be sure there is 90% that goes on in similar actions that very few will ever know about

      May 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
      • Janis

        Agreed. Like a bunch of "loose lipped" bloggers to blow future missions. LOL

        May 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  16. Lori

    I am glad that related people are being arrested.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      I agree, I also glad they already arrested, too!

      May 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So NOW the Pakistanis act. A bit late.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes!!!!! I agree..... That was too late for Paskitan grab him!!!!! ( fail find Osama bin Laden)

      May 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • MaryBeth

      According to them, there was no reason to act. They had no knowledge of anything. The old "know nothing, see nothing, hear nothing" defense.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • Jo Ann, Ohio

      I know there are other terrorists in Pakistan, but it is kind of like closing the door after the horse has left the barn.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  18. Lori

    It is disturbing that OBL was in Pakistan for so long and no one reported it.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  19. Chi

    @Paula 10:16 is it useful?

    May 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Lori

    Hi Everyone! Hi Anderson!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Mike in TX

    The administration wanted to give as much info as they could up front which has always, whether war or disasters or??, always changed. The press, including several CNN reporters and contributors have admitted the press demands for instant details can be detrimental. Bottom line is these things always change, legitimately over time so we need to quit picking at it and move on.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Roberta

    It would appear that the concept of war is changing. I think bringing the troops home is a good idea because covert operations and intelligence appear to be more effective when dealing with terrorists. Terrorists are sneaky, so to counteract them, we must become sneaky. Our enemies are no longer in the open. Congratulations to the Seals and Obama for bringing 'em in.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • Janis

      I agree with you Roberta. Bring them home out of harm's way and let technology take over.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  23. Paula, Colorado

    It's good they found so much info at the Compound.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  24. MaryBeth

    I can't wait for Sanjay's report! He gets to play with some of the coolest stuff.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Janis

    I think there will be some real eye-opening information obtained from bin laden's house. Should be very interesting times to come in world politics.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • Sharon Hastings

      Absolutely Janis. I was surprised to learn though that Bin Laden had all that info/intel there in his home. Sounds like a real treasure trove of stuff. Hope we can use it to our benefit.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  26. Chi

    @Janis 10:06 Like! 😀

    May 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Frank

    Wow just went on this site for the first time , its great very informative!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  28. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Why would they describe what they got? It gives away what they know to Al Queda.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • MaryBeth

      Ditto. I'm sure they released the train info because of the significance to 9/11, but I highly doubt we'll learn much more about future stuff. Maybe some about stuff that's already been thwarted?

      May 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Justin

      Some of this stuff is old or never going to happen, like the de-railing of trains.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Jo Ann, Ohio

      It makes you wonder what they didn't release.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
      • Justin

        Locations of camps, dates of attacks, phone numbers of contacts, ect...

        May 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
        • Jo Ann, Ohio

          Yeah, we don't need to know that stuff. I just hope it is good.

          May 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • Steve

      if the photos that prove Bin Laden is dead are too gory to show why not show the photos with a black dot over the wounded area, or other photos from the scene that show his body but not the "blown off head". ?

      What about photos prior to burial at sea, did they nor clean up the body? Why not the photo of the navy seal lying down beside the corpse to verify his height? With teh absence of any photo at all it is difficult to believe that this story is true.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
      • Ed in Charlotte

        agreed....too many weak links in that chain of events...

        May 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • Sharon Hastings

      I agree Mike. Too much information being released. I can remember a time when the public wouldn't have known or expected to know any of this.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Janis

    I've been very impressed with the military's special missions the past several months. The creation of the No-fly zone in Libya was flawless and now the precision of the Bin Laden mission. Along with the extraordinary work, bravery and sacrifice of all our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, I'm very proud of my country. Thank you, all military!!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Chi

    @Heleni Why do you say so?

    May 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • Heleni

      it was me being snarky.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Nina

    If Bin Laden has been killed, do not think for a minute that Al Qaeda is out. They will just find a new leader.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • Jo Ann, Ohio

      They have at least two possibilities, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Anwar al-Awlaki.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Sharon Hastings

    I hope we can get some of the other leaders and really hinder their ability to do serious harm. And on another topic entirely–does it seem like there are too many helicopter malfunctions in these things? Why?

    May 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • Justin

      they are very hard to fly. no joke, both hands and feet are used to keep it in the air. one small move you go down.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • Janis

      I think, because they are always flying into tight places and close to ground gunfire. I remember in Viet Nam, the most dangerous job was being a helicopter pilot.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Bin Laden murdered more than 3,000 people, does it really matter if he was armed or not?

    May 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Nancy in Oregon

      To me it doesn't. Unarmed, but possibly moving toward a hidden weapon...how are the SEALs to know? I find no fault with their action and deeply admire them.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
      • Jo Ann, Ohio

        If they had waited to find out for sure the SEALS could have been dead. In this case shoot first and ask questions later.

        May 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
        • Nancy in Oregon

          That's just it. They can't wait and see. It isn't that kind of situation.

          May 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • MaryBeth

      Apparently, it matters to some people! Not me though!

      May 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
      • Jo Ann, Ohio

        Bleeding heart liberals are all bent out of shape over the possibility.

        May 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
        • MaryBeth

          I'm a liberal, but not about that! 🙂

          May 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
          • Nancy in Oregon

            Good way to put it! I am too, in many ways, but certainly not all and certainly not in this case.

            May 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Good point question, I agree yours, he was armed. he killed our innocent people his life.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Happy Friday everyone!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Nancy in Oregon

      If I end up leaving early tonight, have a great weekend, JoAnn! Mother's Day and all.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
      • Jo Ann, Ohio

        Thanks Nancy, I don't have kids, but I hope your day is wonderful!

        May 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  35. Nina

    Only DNA would identify Bin Laden. That is, if the DNA they compared to was actually Bin Ladens.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Good point, Nina...... You're right!!!!!!!!

      May 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Ed in Charlotte

    Why is it that we are given information that later has to be recalled as details emerge? Why say anything at all until the intel is clear to begin with?

    May 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • MaryBeth

      I think because people were demanding answers so quickly and if they didn't give them out right away, people would have been shouting "conspiracy!"....which they are anyway. 🙁

      May 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
      • Nancy in Oregon

        I suspect that's a big part of it, MaryBeth. Demands to 'tell all now' are so immediate, so loud, like having someone in your face the moment a crisis has passed...no wonder it results in what this week's information releases have shown.

        May 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • Ed in Charlotte

      And how is showing his photo much different than showing his blood on the floor in his compound? It's been described in enough detail in the media as to its nature, might as well let it out now.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
      • Toni in AZ

        Spoofing with fake pictures really makes a difference, doesn't it?

        May 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
    • Jo Ann, Ohio

      I agree with that. Judging by the recent al-Qaeda threat, I guess the radicals didn't need a photo to inspire them.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  37. MaryBeth

    The details of this raid are so confusing!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This story changes daily.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
    • Nancy in Oregon

      I imagine most stories of battle and confrontational episodes do, don't you think, Mike? As more and more time passes, more info and perspectives are added? Seems natural to me since it even happens where I work, after traumas.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
      • Mike, formerly from Syracuse

        They should have waited in the White House until they had the story.

        May 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
        • Nancy in Oregon

          I tend to agree, Mike....no matter how loudly or obnoxiously reporters and citizens clamor at the gate for information 'Now', they should just make it a practice to say some version of 'no comment at this time' until they've spent a week or whatever it takes to gather all the information. Of course, that'd go over like a lead balloon, but it'd probably be a better policy.

          May 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Heleni

      The pentagon, The cia and our military must be liars.

      May 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
      • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

        No Heleni...... I am sorry to say this, I also disagree your comment....... They did not lie at all.......

        May 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Nancy in Oregon

    It seems a good time to target some of these key people, as in Yemen.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Ed in Charlotte

    Regards folks!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Janis

    Hello everyone. Interesting perspective inside the WH after bin Laden mission.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Chi

    American armed forces are so cool. Esp. SEALS 🙂

    May 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Janis

      Huge agreement with you Chi!!

      May 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
      • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

        I agree, Me too. 🙂

        May 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      YES! I agree........... They are so proud our country their service today, They are so smart & brave! 🙂

      May 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Isha, David G, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Lori, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Karyn, Indiana, Jana, Chi, Samantha, Marybeth, Merl, Lily, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday Night!!!!
    Couldn't wait forward this weekend!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  44. MaryBeth

    Good evening.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Nina

    Good Evening everyone

    May 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. Interesting new information.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! Happy Friday. Your broadcasts from Ground Zero have been amazing this week.
    I'm interested to hear more about the drone attack targeting the extremist cleric in Yemen.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Paula,
      I have heard that It was target him, But it fails already, he also alive unfortunately.........

      May 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  48. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, people.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  49. Chi

    Evening AC and AC360

    May 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Mike in TX

    good evening all

    May 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
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