Zero Dark Thirty: The Manhunt for Osama bin Laden /// 76

For more than a decade after the September 11th attacks, the United States of America devoted a seemingly limitless amount of time and resources to finding one man – Osama bin Laden. This is the story of that manhunt. It’s all here and it’s all free on Battlecast – the world’s foremost podcast on war and its sociopolitical impact.

This episode is a continuation of episode 32 detailing the September 11th attacks. You can find episode 32 here.

You can download episode 76 here: download link

Maps and Images:

Extensive maps and images are posted to the historical atlas located here: Zero Dark Thirty Historical Atlas

Music Source:

Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio /// website:


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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