The US had been attempting to capture Bin Laden since his involvement in the US embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998.
Furthermore, he has been involved in other militant activities like the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia through his connections with the Al-Qaeda of which he is the leader.
Capturing Bin Laden has been on the US agenda since over a decade. Since the mastermind of the attacks went into hiding, the US government appealed to the Taliban government of the Afghanistan for trial or for extradition. US Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama have all launched search operations to apprehend Bin Laden and bring him to the USA for trial.
Bin Laden was allegedly sighted several times during the last decade in areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Tora Bora was a suspected hideout of Bin Laden.
Is he really dead?
There have been reports over the years that Bin Laden has been found dead due to natural causes or has been killed. They were however, mere rumours.
On May 1 2011, US President Barack Obama announced that the US conducted a search operation that killed Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad in Pakistan.
However, DNA samples were used to match the person believed to be Osama Bin Laden. The burial at sea less than a day after he death raises further doubts about the credibility of the official announcement made by Barack Obama. Where are the pictures? Where is the evidence that the person who was killed was indeed Osama Bin Laden? How do we ensure that any pictures released in the near future are not “Photoshopped”?