Zero Dark Thirty: A Historical Atlas of the Hunt for Osama bin Laden

The following maps and images provide key details about the global manhunt for Osama bin Laden and Operation Neptune Spear – the special forces raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan detailed in episode 76.


Afghanistan and Pakistan (Bergen, 2012)
Taliban control in Afghanistan (Smith, 2011)
Osama bin Laden’s movements after September 11th (Bergen, 2012)
Map of Navy Seal raid on bin Laden’s compound (Bergen, 2012)
Aerial image of Osama bin Laden’s compound (Bergen, 2012)
(Owen, 2012)
Owen, 2012

Owen, 2012

Owen, 2012
Owen, 2012
Bergen, 2012

Tables and Photographs:

Stiener, 2012
Rosthauser, 2010
Rosthauser, 2010

bin Laden in 1998 (Bergen, 2012)

Stiener, 2012
bin Laden in 2007 (Bergen, 2012)
bin Laden in Tora Bora – a scene of a major battle in the hunt for Osama (Bergen, 2012)
Stiener, 2012
Stiener, 2012
Anti-Taliban fighters at Tora Bora (Bergen, 2012)
Vice Admiral McRaven (Bergen, 2012)
Inside the situation room at the White House during Operation Neptune Spear (Bergen, 2012)
President Obama oversees the situation room during the raid (Bergen, 2012)
CIA Director Leon Panetta (Bergen, 2012)
O’niell, not dated


Kill bin Laden: a Delta Force commander’s account of the hunt for the world’s most wanted man by Fury, Dalton.

Manhunt: the ten-year search for Bin Laden: from 9/11 to Abbottabad by  Bergen, Peter (2012).

The rise and fall of Osama Bin Laden by Peter Bergen. 

The longest war by Peter Bergen. 

Jawbreaker : the attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda : a personal account by the CIA’s key field commander by Berntsen, Gary

The finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark Bowen

The looming tower: Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

No easy day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer (2012).

The operator: Firing the shots that killed Osama Bin Laden by Robert O’neill (not dated).

Osama bin Laden: A biography by Thomas Mockaitis.

Seal Target Geronimo by Chuck Pfarrer

Obama, B. (2011). President Obama on Death of Osama bin Laden by Barak Obama.

Bolanos, A.M. (2010). Al Qaeda’s revolution in military affairs. [Doctoral dissertation, Tufts University]. 

Marwan, A.H. (2015). One death, three regions and two stories: A study of the media coverage of the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistani, British, and American media. [Doctoral dissertation, University of Sheffield].

Steiner, J.B. (2012). The psychology of terrorism: A case study of Osama Bin Laden. [Master’s thesis, Georgetown University].

Schueur, M. (2011). Osama bin Laden. Oxford University Press. 2011.

Smith, A.R. (2011). Belling the cat: The Neo-taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. [Master’s Thesis, University of New Hampshire]. 

Carey, C.R. (2008). The ideological foundation of Osama Bin Laden. [Master’s thesis, University of Kansas]. 

Mobely, B.W. (2008). Terrorist group counterintelligence. [Doctoral dissertation, Georgetown University]. 

Rosthauser, R.C. (2010). Terrorism conflict: How the United States responds to Al Qaeda violence and expressed grievances.  [Master’s thesis, University of Denver].

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