Eyewitnesses: Electricity cut 2 hrs before bin Laden kill, came back 15 minutes after raid finished

"Abbottabad is some distance away from the Afghanistan border where presumably the helicopter would have flown in from. And then to have a whole city without electricity before the operation and foreign helicopters to enter the airspace and to come all the way inside the country and then to leave as well, the Pakistani military operation would have known and were probably part of this operation." (USA Today via Erin Cunningham via Danger Room)


  1. Hmmm… So much of the news is speculation and filler today. The line about “were probably part of this operation” might better be followed with “according to a guy from the area.”

  2. I’d read elsewhere that the operation was actually launched from a US base in Pakistan (the one we were organizing the flood relief from). And its looking more and more like OBL was being protected by the corrupt Pakistani military.

    I also get the feeling that this was kept pretty under wraps leading up to the attack, out of fear that he would get tipped off.

  3. According to tweets by ReallyVirtual, Abbottabad is very often without electricity.

    1. When I was in India, even big cities like Delhi had electrical and water outages. I imagine that a Pakistani hill town would have very spotty utilities.

  4. Umm, numerous media outlets have reported that the helicopters took off from Ghazi air base, which is in Pakistan, not Afghanistan, e.g. these two:


    The person quoted in the article lives near Bin Laden’s compound so he may well know his own town, but in terms of the logistics of this operation, the quote that Xeni chose sounds like idle speculation rather than new input from someone with actual knowledge. That particular quote is one of the least worthy of being excerpted.

    1. If the electricity was cut how was that guy able to live tweet the raid?

      On his mobile.

  5. As someone who goes to Pakistan often, I can tell you that we lose electricity very often

  6. Remember this kids: always use photovoltaic power for your secret lair, especially in notoriously sunny places like Pakistan.

  7. Blackouts are common here in the Philippines, so everyone has a generator for backup. That includes cafes and stores. I suspect it is the same in Pakistan.

    As for “how did he tweet”, well you tweet from a cellphone with a good battery, via a cellphone tower that has a backup generator.

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