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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Maps of Abbottabad near Islamabad shows location of compound

Soldiers and residents stand over covered debris as it is moved out by military vehicles on May 2 from the compound within which al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed, in Abbottabad. (Faisal Mahmood - Reuters)
Osama bin Laden did not hide out in a remote location but instead a $1 million mansion in a well-populated city just 60 miles north of Islamabad, Pakistan.

The discovery raised new questions about the extent to which Pakistan has been cooperating with the United States in combating terrorism.

It also put the city of Abbottabad on the map. Abbottabad had previously been known for its nice weather, high-level educational institutions, nearby military academy, and tourist destinations, such as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Abbottabad was also the birthplace, coincidentally, of Pakistan’s first military dictator, Ayub Khan.

Now, the world is getting a glimpse of Abbottabad and the compound in which bin Laden had been hiding.

Raw video of the compound has been released:

This Google Map locates the valley of Abbottabad:

View Osama Bin Laden's mansion location.kmz in a larger map

The comparison of two Google Earth maps are said to show bin Laden’s mansion under construction in 2005. The first image, from March 21, 2001, shows no construction, while the second from June 15, 2005, clearly shows that some building is taking place. See the circled areas:

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