Wednesday, 16 May 2012

0 Model Used To Plan Bin Laden Raid Revealed

A scale model of the Pakistan compound where Osama bin Laden was killed has been unveiled by US intelligence agencies.

Model Used To Plan Bin Laden Raid Revealed

Built on a scale of 1in to 7ft, the detailed model now on display in the halls of the Pentagon features every tree, bush and dustbin at the former al Qaeda leader's base in Abbottabad.

Pictures taken by Fox News show the two vehicles often spotted at the real compound - a red van and a white 4x4 car - also feature in the model.

Model Used To Plan Osama Bin Laden

It was created over six weeks by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency using satellite imagery and a process called photogenic measurement, which involved measuring shadows.

Greg Glewwe, an official from the agency, said: "Nothing you see would have been included if we didn't see it there."

Used by military and intelligence leaders to prepare for the pre-dawn raid on May 2 2011, the model has been described by officials as as "instrumental device" in the planning process.

After being assessed by CIA staff, it was studied by military chiefs before being used to brief the team of Navy Seals that carried out the operation.


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