Osama bin Laden's Death, Two Years Later

On May 2, 2011, the world’s most wanted terrorist was hunted down in Pakistan.

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President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the national security team receive an update on the mission to capture Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1, 2011.

Two years ago today, the world's most wanted terrorist was hunted down in a top-secret CIA operation in Pakistan. Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of SEAL Team Six was greeted with cheers across the nation and shock around the world.

In the Situation Room, White House photographer Pete Souza captured what would become the most iconic image of the event. Members of President Barack Obama's inner-circle – including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates – were watching and waiting for updates on Operation Neptune Spear (the code name of the operation to capture or kill bin Laden).

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Take a look back at the events of the early morning hours of May 2, 2011, and the reactions from around the world in the days after.


Newspapers announce to the world the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011.

People walk past bin Laden's compound where he was killed during a raid by U.S. commandos a day earlier in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Pakistani Islamists protest the killing of bin Laden in Quetta, Pakistan, on May 7, 2011.

People take photos of the house where bin Laden was caught and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Obama pauses in the East Room of the White House while speaking about the capture and killing of bin Laden on May 2, 2011.

Newspapers left by visitors adorn the fence overlooking the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., following the announcement that bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.

Crowds celebrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House after Obama announced that bin Laden had been captured and killed on May 2, 2011.

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