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Osama death boosts Obama popularity

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Obama's ratings have gone up but Americans are still unhappy about the state of the economy [White House]After being on the decline for a while, US president's popularity has got a strong boost following the killing of Osama bin Laden.Two surveys, conducted a day after US forces tracked down and killed the al-Qaeda chief in a hideout in Pakistan, found Barack Obama's approval ratings at 56 per cent - a 9-point improvement over last month.The results released on Tuesday were reported by The Washington Post/Pew Research Center and USA Today/Gallup Poll.While the killing of bin Laden seized world attention, such events can prove short-lived, particularly after a brutal presidential campaign.
But Republicans lining up to challenge Obama in next year's election will be banking on pressing domestic issues to turn the tables on him.
The Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll showed that only 40 per cent of those surveyed approved of the president's handling of the econo…

US Navy SEALS Team Six (ST6) Who Killed Osama

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The men assigned to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden were part of the US Navy's legendary special forces unit, the Seals. Who are they?It was years in the planning but took just 40 minutes to execute.More than a dozen members of the US military were dropped near the high-walled, three-storey compound on the outskirts of Abbottabad in north-west Pakistan.After a brief firefight, five people were killed, including Osama Bin Laden, who reportedly received a shot above his left eye.All the US forces escaped unharmed, despite technical problems with one helicopter that they had to leave behind.It says everything about their presence of mind that despite the dangers, they collected hard drives, DVDs and documents from the building before they left.From the US point of view, the mission, codenamed Geronimo, could hardly have gone any better, a reflection on the preparation and skills of the men who carried it out.Steve KingstoneBBC News, Virginia Beach "…

Bin Laden 'was unarmed' when shot dead

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CIA chief says a photo showing bin Laden dead will ultimately be released. Last Modified: 04 May 2011 02:53 Email Print Share Send Feedback
US forces swept through the massive compound, handcuffing those they encountered with plastic zip ties [AFP]Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was confronted and shot dead by US forces at his Pakistani hideout, a White House spokesman has said.Jay Carney said that the US was considering whether to release photos of bin Laden after he was killed on Sunday but that the photos were "gruesome" and could be inflammatory.The director of the CIA told NBC News on Tuesday that the a photo showing bin Laden dead will ultimately be released."The government obviously has been talking about how best to do this, but I don't think there was any question that ultimately a photograph would be presented to the public," Leon Panetta, the head of the US spy agency, said according to a transcript of the television interview.Carney said one of bin La…