Saturday, May 01, 2021

On This Day in 2011: The World's Most Wanted Fugitive Is Neutralized by U.S. Navy SEALs...

A screenshot from the 2012 film ZERO DARK THIRTY...which dramatized the U.S. military operation that killed Osama bin Laden, on May 2, 2011 (Pakistan Time).

At this moment a decade ago, two stealth helicopters carrying the members of SEAL Team Six flew in to Abbottabad, Pakistan to eliminate Osama bin Laden. With the 20-year anniversary of 9/11 approaching in a little over four months, it was only proper to commemorate the military operation that would ensure that the world's most wanted fugitive was wiped off the face of the Earth. Granted, Al-Qaeda continues to remain a threat today...but the death of bin Laden was a major blow to the terrorist network. There have been no major Al-Qaeda attacks on America since its leader was shot and killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2011—even though this was unfortunately made up for with the rise of the Islamic State and its atrocities in the Middle East a few years later.

Nevertheless, the death of Osama bin Laden was a high point in the war on terror...and one that allowed President Biden to recently announce that the United States and its allies will begin a full withdrawal of their military forces from Afghanistan by September 11. America's longest war will soon come to an end, and this is thanks to the victory that a group of elite Special Forces soldiers attained at a two-story fortified compound in Pakistan 10 years ago. Happy First Day of May (unless you live in Pakistan, where it's May 2)! Carry on.

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