10th Anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s Killing: Was Biden Against the Raid?

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The 9/11 terrorist attacks masterminded by Osama bin Laden, killed at least 2,977 people, injured thousands more, and caused hundreds of deaths at the hands of cancers related to the rescue, recovery, and reconstruction efforts at Ground Zero in the months and years that followed.

Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the killing of the world’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden by US special forces.

On 2 May 2011, the then-al-Qaeda* leader was killed in a US Navy SEAL raid in an upscale neighbourhood in Pakistan, and reportedly buried at sea off the deck of a US aircraft carrier.

The raid came almost 10 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda against the United States that claimed the lives of at least 2,977 people and injured 6,000 others.

The 9/11 attacks led the US to declare a war on terror, and to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Controversy, meanwhile, is still in place when it comes to Joe Biden’s attitude towards the special operation against bin Laden.

Earlier this year, the US president distanced himself from the claims that in 2011, he, vice president at the time, opposed the mission, asserting that the White House should wait for additional intelligence on bin Laden’s whereabouts before okaying the strike.

“Didn’t you tell [then-US] President [Barack] Obama not to go after bin Laden that day?”, a Fox News host then asked and was followed by Biden saying “No, I didn’t”.

Obama himself argued in his 2020 memoir titled…

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