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The killing of Osama bin Laden

Bronwen Maddox analyses what effect Osama bin Laden's death will have on Obama's presidency, US relations with Pakistan and the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan

An image from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Now Osama bin Laden has been killed, what is the future for al Qaeda and US counterterrorism?

The killing of Osama bin Laden is a triumph for President Obama at a point when he needed one. If it is true, as intelligence analysts say, that he was first briefed on the location of the al Qaeda leader in September, then he can be credited with considerable restraint too, for not attempting to mount the assault before the November mid-term elections, which cost the Democrats so much.

For Pakistan, the killing is an…

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