Monday, May 2, 2011

“Osama Bin Laden killed in Abbottabad

There goes the neighborhood
 Daily Caller

CAIRO (AP) — A computer programmer, startled by a helicopter clattering above his quiet Pakistani town in the early hours of the morning Monday, did what any social-media addict would do: he began sending messages to the social networking site Twitter.

With his tweets, 33-year-old Sohaib Athar, who moved to the sleepy town of Abbottabad to escape the big city, became in his own words “the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.”

Soon the sole helicopter multiplied into several and gunfire and explosions rocked the air above the town, and Athar’s tweets quickly garnered 14,000 followers as he apparently became the first in the world to describe the U.S. operation to kill one of the world’s most wanted militants.

His first tweet was innocuous: “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).”

The noise alarmed Athar, who had moved to the upscale area of Abbottabad to get away from city life after his wife and child were badly injured in a car accident in the sprawling city of Lahore, according to his blog in July.

Nestled in the mountains around 60 miles (95 kilometers) northeast of the capital, Abbottabad is a quiet, leafy town featuring a military academy, the barracks for three army regiments and even its own golf course.

As the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden unfolded, Athar “liveblogged” what he was hearing in real time, describing windows rattling as bombs exploded.

He questioned whose helicopters might be flying overhead. “The few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani,” he tweeted.

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  1. Today is a day not to be grumpy, but rather to celebrate.

    Terrorist #1 is dead.

  2. True Yishai.. but as you know, better than most people, there's a lot more who want to take his place..

  3. Have enough of them join him and make sure that those who might consider it understand that they will suffer, and fewer will want to take his place.

  4. That's the idea Yishai, but as you know, there's no shortage of fools who believe there's a haram full of virgins awaiting them if they become martyers

  5. "Beat a scorner, and a simple man will become prudent." (Proverbs 19:25)

    It worked here.

  6. Yeah but sometimes you have to beat a bunch of them..

  7. Yep, SEAL's doing what SEAL's do best. Evidently barry paid attention during that Maersk Alabama hijacking.

  8. Grumpyelder,

    The alternative is to capitulate.

  9. Does anyone else catch the irony in libs praising barry? Please help me if I am missing something, but have to make sure I have my facts straight.

    Let's repap. barry OK'd a covert Military operation into the sovereign country of Pakistan to either kidnap or assassinate a criminal leader of a criminal jihadist organization. Information as to his where abouts was initially gained from Gitmo detainees. What am I missing in this?

  10. I think you've got it Marine.. Barry sad the Pakis thanked him.. Look at another way, if hedn't done anything, and it ever came out, he be forced to resign.

  11. Yishai.. Capitulate? Not a good idea I
    prefer keeping my head on my shoulders.


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