It is on course to become one of the abiding images of Barack Obama’s presidency. Crammed into the White House situation room, the president and his defence, intelligence and foreign policy chiefs gaze at screens detailing the operation to kill Osama bin Laden thousands of miles away in Pakistan. The nervousness in their expressions is palpable. While the video was not a real-time rendering of the al-Qaeda leader’s assassination, it is likely to remain the symbol of the end of the biggest manhunt in history.
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