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Then They Espied The Eyrie

An old hand at Osama bin Laden scours every source and recreates how the US spoored, then got their man

Then They Espied The Eyrie
AFP (From Outlook 30 July 2012)
Then They Espied The Eyrie
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Peter Bergen met Osama bin Laden once in March 1997 near Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan with his cnn colleagues to produce his first television interview, and has made good use of the few night-time hours spent with the Al Qaeda founder to embark upon a writing career that has blossomed over the years. His first book, Holy Wars, Inc: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden, published in 2001, was a bestseller. In 2006, he wrote an engaging book, The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History. This was followed in 2011 by his third book, The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al Qaeda. It was inevitable, as the author mentions in his latest book, Manhunt, that he would be writing the story of Osama’s capture or death. In Bergen’s words, Manhunt is the full story of how the 54-year old Al Qaeda leader was finally tracked down in Abbottabad in northern Pakistan and killed along with some of his closest associates.

Bergen has worked long and hard—he gained access to...

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