(CNN)Here are some facts about the death of Osama bin Laden.
On May 2, 2011, Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is killed by US Special Forces during an early morning (approximately mid-afternoon on May 1 in the United States) raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Facts:Some facts about the compound:- Built in approximately 2006.- Significantly larger than other homes in the area, and worth a reported $1 million.- Lacked telephone and Internet service.- The residents burned their trash rather than having it picked up.- Approximately 24 people lived at the house. – Surrounded by 12- to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire.- Had two security gates.- Bin Laden and his family’s living quarters were on the second and third levels.- The third floor terrace had a seven-foot privacy wall.- Located only about a mile from the Pakistan Military Academy.US forces retrieved numerous items from bin Laden’s compound, including 10 hard drives, five computers and more than 100 storage devices, such as disks, DVDs and thumb drives, according to a senior US official. Timeline: 2007 (approx.) – US intelligence uncovers the name of one of bin Laden’s most trusted couriers. Read More2009 (approx.) – Intelligence sources identify the area of Pakistan where the courier and his brother live.August 2010 – US intelligence sources identify the Abbottabad compound as the home of the courier and his brother, men who have no obvious means of affording a $1 million home.September 2010 – The CIA informs President Barack Obama that bin Laden may be living in the Abbottabad compound. They base this on the size and price tag of the compound as well as the elaborate security.February 2011 – The intelligence on the Abbottabad compound is considered strong enough to begin planning action. March 14, 2011 – President Obama chairs the first of five National Security Council meetings to discuss an operation to raid bin Laden’s compound and killing or capturing bin Laden.March 29, 2011 – Second National Security meeting.April 12, 2011 – Third meeting.April 19, 2011 – Fourth meeting. April 28, 2011 – Last of the National Security Council meetings on the bin Laden raid. April 29, 2011 – At 8:20 a.m. EDT, President Obama gives the order to raid bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. May 2, 2011 – In the early morning hours (approximately mid-afternoon on May 1 in the United States), a group of 25 Navy Seals raid the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. – They arrive outside the compound in two Black Hawk helicopters. – The operation takes 40 minutes total.- US Special Forces must breach the outer walls of the compound before fighting their way through the ground floor of the three-story building where bin Laden lived.- The firefight then moves to the second and third floors where the bin Laden family lives.- In the last 5-10 minutes of the firefight, bin Laden is killed by a gunshot wound to the head, above the left eye.- Three men, including a son of bin Laden, are killed as well as one woman. – Bin Laden’s body is identified by one of his wives. Facial recognition is used also.May 2, 2011 – Osama bin Laden is buried at sea off the deck of the USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Sea.- He is buried within 24 hours according to Islamic law.– The hour-long ceremony aboard the USS Carl Vinson is conducted according to Islamic law. May 2, 2011 – A DNA test is done on a sample from the body, confirming that it is bin Laden. May 3, 2011 – Attorney General Eric Holder declares the raid “lawful, legitimate and appropriate in every way.”