Osama bin Laden: High Priest of Terror
The raid was conducted entirely in secret. The Pakistani government was not alerted. The raid, which according to an unnamed senior White House administration official lasted 40 minutes, included the use of up to four helicopters. When one of the helicopters suffered mechanical failures, the team blew it up rather than allow it to be used or found by potential combatants. In addition to bin Laden, three other men were killed. The White House official stated that it was believed that among the dead were bin Laden's son, and the two couriers. Bin Laden's identity was confirmed through facial recognition software and DNA testing which established a 99.9% match.
Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chief of Staff Bill Daley and John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, among several others, were in the White House situation room watching and listening to a remote live feed of the attack.