7 never-before-seen artifacts from the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s new exhibit, Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden, tells the decades-long story of the hunt for one of the world’s most notorious terrorists.
Using artifacts from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011, as well as from the CIA and FBI, the exhibit shows how the military and intelligence agencies finally found and eliminated the founder of al-Qaeda.
“This is the first time any of the objects from the bin Laden compound have ever been seen in public,” Clifford Chanin, the executive vice president and deputy director for museum programs at the 9/11 Museum, told Insider, adding that the artifacts had just arrived from US intelligence agencies the previous week.
While the artifacts may seem like “humble objects” to some, Chanin said, “the backstory of each of these things is very, very special.”
While it may seem like an ordinary “Wanted” poster, this one is actually signed by Navy Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw Joint Special Operations Command during the raid on bin Laden’s compound
A poster and picture used to identify Osama Bin Laden, signed by Adm. William McRaven(Getty Images/Spencer Platt)
The poster lists bin Laden’s aliases and characteristics (including his height — between 6’4″ and 6’6″) and was hung at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to motivate the troops there.
After the raid on bin Laden’s compound, officially known as Operation Neptune Spear, McRaven traveled from Jalalabad in Pakistan to Bagram and noticed the poster was gone.
Some of McRaven’s colleagues later presented the poster to him, saying “Sir, I think this is yours.”
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