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Veterans React to bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

For the last ten years, we've been working hard to try to find this guy. We've been sacrificing so much ourselves and on behalf of our families. And I think there were times when folks moved on to other things and forgot about this, and we were always focused on this, so I think it's good news, it's sobering...but I think this is really good news for our military, especially a time when they needed a boost.

Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Middle East Reaction

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine, discusses reaction from around the world to the death of Osama bin Laden. Plus: New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick reports on the reaction in the Middle East region.

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Bin Laden's Death: Reaction from Pakistan

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The killing of Osama bin Laden has evoked passion among the people for whom he is an icon, reports BBC's Shoaib Hassan from Islamabad, Pakistan. Hasan spoke with representatives of the Taliban and al-Qaida, who said that militants would carry out attacks against Pakistani security forces for their involvement in the killings.

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The View from Inside Bin Laden's Compound

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The BBC's Aleem Maqbool reports from Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. He describes the scene and talks to one boy who visited the compound several times. Nearby residents are eager for details, while they also about what the killing of bin Laden means for them. Militants in the tribal areas who saw bin Laden as a hero and could take revenge on Abbottabad's citizens.

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Your Take: Osama Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The death of Osama bin Laden has listeners across the nation reflecting on the closure and catharsis they feel. One listener is the nephew of a victim of Flight 93, which was hijacked and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. "I'm very happy that we finally got bin Laden, it feels good, and I hope that in the coming weeks, months and years we can put continue to put an end to violence and terrorism around the world," he says.

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The Politics of Osama bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

It's A Free Country Political Reporter Anna Sale discusses what the death of Osama bin Laden means for the GOP, President Obama, and the 2012 elections.

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Veterans' Response

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, reacts to the death of Osama bin Laden.

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The Conflicted Morality of Celebrating Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Osama bin Laden's death sparked crowds to gather at ground zero in New York City, as well as Times Square, and in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. Cheers and chants of  "USA, USA, USA," were heard. These scenes of exaltation have some Americans wondering if celebrating death, even that of a terrorist, is actually the moral and American thing to do.

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Details Emerge Following Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

For the latest out of Washington after Osama bin Laden's death, we turn to Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent. New details on the operation that led to bin Laden's death reveal that while American forces knew that bin Laden was living at the Abbottabad compound, they didn't know for certain that he'd be home at the time of the raid. Now, the question remains as to how Washington is planning to deal with Pakistan; did the Pakistani leadership know that bin Laden was hiding out in their country?

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Muslim Religious Leader on Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

In the wake of the September 11th attacks, America's relationship to Muslims at home and abroad changed. A new climate of fear and suspicion was born, though in some cases so were attempts at greater understanding between members of different faiths. For a look at how the death of Osama Bin Laden might affect the relationship between Muslims and members of other faiths in the US, we turn to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith organization which works to build trust among people of different faiths and cultures.

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Conspiracy Theorists Question Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Within hours of the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed and buried at sea, the Internet lit up with commentary, speculation, and the beginnings of conspiracy theories. The more conspiracy minded wondered: How do we know it wasn't a double? And how do we know that the real Osama is not still alive — or on the other hand, hasn't been dead for years?

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Ret. Air Force Col. Sam Gardiner: 'There is No Islamic Extremism'

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The U.S. has been at war in Afghanistan for almost ten years, with one of the main objectives to hunt down Osama bin Laden. With bin Laden now dead — killed by American Navy Seals, and buried at sea — does U.S. foreign policy on the global war on terrorism have to change? Retired Air Force Colonel, Sam Gardiner believes President Obama will have to find a good argument to stay at war in Afghanistan.

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The Making of a US Navy SEAL

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

On Sunday, a military operation lasting approximately 40 minutes, transformed an elite fighting force known for keeping a low profile, into the talk of the world. Former US Navy SEAL Michael Howard and Retired US Army Colonel Douglas MacGregor discuss what goes into training one of the most elite fighting force in the world. 

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Reactions from Times Square to Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Ailsa Chang, reporter for our flagship station WNYC, talks to us about what the scene is like in Times Square this morning, following the news that U.S. forces have killed Osama Bin Laden. 

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Global Reactions to Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

This morning's news of Osama Bin Laden's death has set up reactions across the world. We've gathered some notable reactions from the international press, including The Times of India, The UK Guardian, and Le Monde. A Times of India editorial says: "The finger of suspicion is now pointing squarely at the Pakistani military and intelligence for sheltering and protecting Osama bin Laden before US forces hunted him down."

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Hillary Clinton on Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks about Osama Bin Laden's death, saying that "justice has been served," but that the battle against Al Qaeda has not ended with Bin Laden's death.

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BBC World Service: The Hunt for Bin Laden

Monday, May 02, 2011

Yesterday, news broke that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. military action during a firefight in Pakistan nearly a decade after the September 11th terror attacks he helped engineer. This special BBC documentary chronicles the hunt for the mastermind behind al-Qaeda.

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A Closer Look at Osama bin Laden's Secret Hideaway

Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama bin Laden was hiding out in a secret compound in a residential neighborhood in a medium-sized city 35 miles north of Islamabad when two dozen Navy SEALs infiltrated the hideaway and shot him dead.

 

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Al Qaeda After bin Laden

Monday, May 02, 2011

We've given them more than $11 billion in military aid since 9/11. That put the military and the intelligence community in Pakistan in the business of looking for bin Laden. He became a priceless asset for him and if they found him they would be out of business. It wouldn't be surprising if they were protecting him if he was so valuable. It's practically the only source of revenue. This is a country of 186 million people and fewer than two million of them pay taxes. A lot of American tax dollars went into that country and I think it has had many unintended consequences.

Lawrence Wright, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Explainer: How to Make bin Laden Merchandise

Monday, May 02, 2011

It took less than 24 hours for "Osama's dead" merchandise to flood the internet. How can you cash in on the meme? Easy. Just follow these simple steps, and you'll be making money off the likeness of a dead person in no time.

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