How did bin Laden hide just yards from Pakistan military academy?
A map shows the compound and the city where Osama bin Laden was killed and its location to a Pakistan Military Academy.
May 2nd, 2011
12:35 PM ET

How did bin Laden hide just yards from Pakistan military academy?

The compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces is located a bit more than 1,000 yards from a Pakistan Military Academy, raising some questions about how much information the Pakistan military may have had about his whereabouts.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, said during a press conference that the Pakistani army has "a lot of explaining to do."

"I think the Pakistani army and intelligence have a lot of questions to answer, given the location, the length of time and the apparent fact that this facility was actually built for bin Laden and its closeness to the central location of the Pakistani army," Levin said. "So I think the army and the intelligence of Pakistan have plenty of questions that they should be answering and hopefully they are being asked by the Pakistani government."

Abbottabad is home to Pakistan's equivalent of West Point - and the website of the Pakistani military even describes the PMA as "a short distance from Abbottabad" also noting "a fine straight road leads to PMA."

Levin said while he appreciated some of the remarks made by President Asif Ali Zardari, he expected that he would have talks with the military about what they knew.

"I do think that the Pakistani president's statement today was a very reassuring statement when he very specifically said that he thinks it is a great victory and that it's a success and he congratulates us on the success of the operation," he said.

But although Levin said he was "not necessarily suspicious" that Zardari or civilian leadership knew, he added, "I must tell you I hope (Zardari) ... will follow through and ask some very tough questions of his own military and his own intelligence. They have got a lot of explaining to do."

soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Bob

    The distance shown on that map is FAR more than 1000 yards (a tad bit more than 1/2 mile). CNN, check your work, please.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael hill

      1 mile = 1760 yards, so if you use your dummy calculation of a little more than 1/2 a mile it would still be less than 1000 yards. Bob check your facts please.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • rahodeb

      agreed, bob. 10 to 20 miles, i'd say.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • SK

      Here is the link for PMA and Bin Laden's last home in Google, http://goo.gl/maps/sz97. CNN seems to be pretty accurate

      May 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Bob... THe distance between the military academy and bin laden's compound are not shown on the above map...IN fact... there are no clear indicators of Bin Ladin's compound on this map...so I'm not sure how you can make that claim.

      Michael Hill... Bob was not disputing how many yards are in a mile. There's no reason for him to check his facts because they are the same as yours.

      CNN... If you are going to put an x on a globe to denote the location...please don[t confuse people by putting an x in a random location. It boggles my mind how you can be that off on a globe that small.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      PS>... CNN if you are going to caption the map, can you make sure to do so accurately as to not confuse BOB, myself, or the many others like us who do not have a good knowledge of pakistani geography and would assume abattobad is the location where bin Ladin was killed?

      May 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob's brain

      Sorry i was on vacation paying Jesus a visit.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Sacamano

      The compound is about three-quarters of a mile (as the crow flies) from PMA, this is easily measured and checked on Google Earth. CNN's statement is accurate within a few hundred yards.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Sacamano

      Note that the CIA released the compound's location. It's located near 34°10'9.84"N 73°14'33.46"E which, on the header map, is much closer to the marker for PMA than the one for Abbottabad.

      May 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bloagsat

      Pakistan responded: Um, HELLO - he was wearing a camouflaged jacket!!

      May 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • American

      Compound location http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=34.1691286&lon=73.2422179&z=18&l=0&m=b

      May 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • unretired05

      Just say it was close enough to have the same zip code. Yes, I know that's a US term but it was that close.

      May 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmherrick

      And you know the scaale of the map shown?

      May 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      The map caption above clearly states "A map shows the location of the city where Osama bin Laden was killed and its location to a Pakistan Military Academy." There are TWO marks on that map, one for the city of Abbottabad, and another for the PMA. One or the other (or possibly both) are incorrectly illustrated on the map.

      All I ever said was "The distance shown on that map is FAR more than 1000 yards", which is factually correct.

      For those of you who chose to insult the original post, which was asking CNN to check their facts (and the map was FACTUALLY incorrect), what can I say other than I regret that my dozen words on the subject were apparently incomprehensible to some readers and lead to misunderstanding.

      May 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      And THANK YOU CNN for correcting the map at 3 PM EDT.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Satho

    at the moment the "+" marker on the globe in the corner of the picture is over southeast asia 😛 // pakistan is northwest of india btw

    May 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      I am sure Wolf Blitzer put that '+' mark !!

      May 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • labelling of maps

      Must be the same guy that worked on the FOX news map labelling team. 🙂

      (Labelling Iraq as Egypt)
      http://cincinnati.com/blogs/opinionati/2011/01/31/fox-news-graphic-mistake/

      May 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. descarado

    Hiding? He was an honored guest of Pakistani intelligence.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Saturday Okeh

    The body of Bin laden should be disposed of but given to American children for research,

    May 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Will T. Fokke

    Can we stop giving Pakistan boatloads of money we worked hard for now?

    May 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Delpirt

      Amen to that brother!

      May 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Yes stop giving our hard earned money to these Pakistanis who supports terrorist on their soil. who knows our money goes to AL-Qaeda through these sleazy Pakistanis.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      Sopt on, Will. The blackmail by pakistan is over, thankfully. Was good for pakistan till it lasted .. not so good for us.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Sadly these same folks have nuclear weapons. If we don't keep paying them off, they might be forced to sell them to other interested parties (e.g. Iran, Libya, your favorite terrorist) to support their life styles. We can't expect their military to live on the salaries their government pays!

      May 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kdh1960

    See what Religion does for ya?

    May 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • RELIGION

      RELIGION WILL SOON END !

      May 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Infidel

    Luuuucy! You've got a lot of splaining to do!

    May 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    This article gets at the central remaining questions. Who in the Pakistani military was hiding Bin Laden and was US money given to Pakistan used to construct his compound? There is definitely some 'spraining to do!

    May 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yellowman

    i think we should drag his body through the streets

    May 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • djanes

      would have been fun but they dumped him in the ocean instead. My co-worker said they should have decapidated him and tossed him into a stainless steel container full of pigs blood first. Bummer. He got more respect in death than the thousands of innocents he slaughtered.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Reality Check

    Laden is dead. Great. But WHERE? in PAKISTAN.
    PAKISTAN is the great supporter of terrorism. We all know about it. Pakistan knew about Laden's where about for years. It is Pakistan that constantly fueling terrorism in Kashmir. US should take strong action against countries that support terrorism.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      You are absolutely right. Instead of Iraq we should have attacked Pakistan. Pakistan provides sanctuary to most of the terrorists in the world.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zohaib Kazi

      @Will T Fokke
      The money we get is a 'services fee' because your governments asks us for assistance.

      Thank you,
      A Pakistani

      May 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zohaib Kazi

      As for, Pakistan being a terrorist state. I would say, its the failure of war and lack of strategy in Afghanistan that sadly we have to deal with someone else's dirty laundry.
      It was the U.S who aided these people for the sake of Russians in the 90's. We didn't give them birth, you did!

      So, Please get your facts straight.
      Just dont stamp Pakistan with a 'generic' poster label.
      Research, analyse and then come to a conclusion.

      And may I ask as to why dont you crack down these 'jihadi' websites and track terrorists down. This is so dumb!!

      May 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sulayman

      Pakistan isn't willingly providing sanctuary. In fact, they're engaged in a pretty brutal ground war against the Taliban. Don't assume the government is doing nothing, these terrorists are wrecking havoc on the citizens.

      May 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • @zohaid

      How can you say "its the failure of war and lack of strategy in Afghanistan that sadly we have to deal with someone else's dirty laundry" when Pakistan is the one most implicated for brewing and providing refuge for terrorist groups not only on it's western border but also on it's southeastern border...yes, the attacks on Mumbai were claimed by a group lakshar-e-taliba operating mainly from Pakistan. You need to get your facts straight

      May 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zohaib Kazi

      @ @zohaid:
      " @zohaid
      -when Pakistan is the one most implicated for brewing and providing refuge for terrorist groups not only on it's western border but also on it's southeastern border...yes, the attacks on Mumbai were claimed by a group lakshar-e-taliba operating mainly from Pakistan. You need to get your facts straight"

      If we were a terrorist state, we would be bomb blast proof. Are we?
      We suffer from the most amount of bomb blasts!

      May 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scott

    You have the wrong Location. Here is the right location: http://goo.gl/maps/NMnP

    May 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joseph

    Hey Michael Hill......You are the one who needs to read. He said that a half mile is less than 1000 yards.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LBW

    He should have been cremated and his ashes mixed in with the cement used to build the next Trade Center.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • mseikeh

      I'd put the aches in a special ornemental piece of cement decorating the top of next world trade centre.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • T2.0

      I wouldn't want his ashes as part of the building. They should send them to the Kohler Factory and made into toilets & urinals!

      May 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • djanes

      I like the toilet/urinal idea. Since he wasn't a real muslim (because they don't claim him according to official statements) he doesn't deserve the same respect in death.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Being Human

    This is just a nail in the coffin, if Navy Seals are allowed they can destroy lot more terrorists in Pakistan which is a safe haven for world Terrorism, Shame on India they can't even Kill the Master Mind behind Bombay attacks even though the guy is visible on Pakistan Television almost every other week giving statements against India. They should learn from USA how to get the guy , even though i feel wasting 10 years was a big deal,they could have done it in 1 year as everybody apart from them knew where Osama was hiding all these years...

    May 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big_Ed

    Well, the location kinda puts the lie to the ISI's contention that they don't know where he is. I suppose now we should ask them where the #2 troll, Zawahairi, is "hiding". My guess is that he is not in a cave either. He is much more dangerous than Osama, so we need to get him now.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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