Update 8: Here is a better representation of the area where Osama Bin Laden’s Compound is located in relation to Abbottabad and the Pakistani Military Academy. Image Courtesy of ogleearth.com
Update 7: Below you will see a google image of what is possibly the compound Bin Laden was staying in when the raid took place.
Marked with an “A,” the building in question resembles several descriptions by larger media outlets.
According to CBS, the “palace” Bin Laden was staying in was three stories tall, with two barbed wire-topped security fences along with multiple privacy guards along the balconies. Reports also suggest that the home held no internet or phone service and that the occupants burned their trash rather than putting it out for collection.
Update 6: It has come to light that a resident within the neighborhood where Bin Laden’s compound was located, live-blogged the entire raid as it was happening via twitter.
The twitter account is operated by Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant staying in the area on what appears to be on vacation. After the raid, he makes several jokes and responds to others requests for information.
UPDATE 5: Bin Laden was killed at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which is just outside of Islamabad, the president stated.
UPDATE 4: Former President George W. Bush says that Barack Obama called him to inform him of bin Laden’s death.
“This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001,” Bush said.
Today marks the eighth anniversary of Bush’s speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, also known as the “Mission Accomplished” speech, in which he declared the end of major combat in Iraq.
UPDATE 3: President Obama said he was tipped about bin Laden’s whereabouts eight months prior to today’s attack. He gave approval for forces in Pakistan to undertake today’s mission which killed the terrorist.
President Obama said the no U.S. forces were injured in the attack. Bin Laden was shot at least once in the head.
UPDATE 2: “After a firefight [we] killed [OBL] in a firefight, and took possession of his body,” President Obama announced to the nation on television. “The United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam.”
UPDATE: A crowd is beginning to gather in front of the White House, according to various news sources. They are chanting “U-S-A!” and are singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Original Report: Osama bin Laden was shot and killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan Sunday, U.S. officials reported Sunday night.
Bin Laden was the leader of the al-Qaida, the terrorist group responsible for the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
U.S. officials have reported they are in possession of bin Laden’s body, after DNA tests have confirmed his identity.
President Obama will address the nation from the White House shortly.