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Story Pick: The Death of Osama bin Laden

The Web was covered with some excellent news, analysis and opinion all day Tuesday after the dramatic news that, after a 10-year manhunt, U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden.

The Washington Post’s former Bradley Graham weighed in with a detailed portrait of bin Laden’s life that was an early morning must-read. And my Post colleagues kept up on the story as it unfolded during the day, providing compelling reading hour by hour, including the news behind the decision to bury bin Laden’s body at sea.

Post former managing editor Steve Coll, who wrote the definitive book on the bin Laden family, was another must-read Tuesday. His “Notes on the Death of Osama bin Laden” on the New Yorker blog was sharp, spare and elegant.

He writes of Abbottabad, the city where bin Laden had ostensibly been hiding for six years:

“The city is most notable for housing the Pakistan Military Academy, the Pakistani Army’s premier training college, equivalent to West Point. Looking at maps and satellite photos on the Web last night, I saw the wide expanse of the Academy not far from where the million-dollar, heavily secured mansion where bin Laden lived was constructed in 2005. The maps I looked at had sections of land nearby marked off as “restricted areas,” indicating that they were under military control. It stretches credulity to think that a mansion of that scale could have been built and occupied by bin Laden for six years without its coming to the attention of anyone in the Pakistani Army.”

The difficult part now is in waiting for the full story to be revealed of the man who terrorized the world, and of his demise.

Brigid Schulte writes about Good-Life: work-life issues, time, productivity, gender and income inequality. She is the author of the bestselling Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when No One has Time.


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