May 1, 2016
Osama Bin Laden: CIA Live Tweets Operation That Killed Al-Qaeda Leader In Real-Time Five Years After His Death

Tomorrow, May 2, marks the fifth anniversary of the operation that resulted in the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden back in 2011. Bin Laden was found living in a mansion in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad - not very far from a Pakistani military establishment. According to The Verge, to mark the fifth anniversary of the operation, the official Twitter handle of the CIA is live tweeting the incidents that happened on that day - in real time. CIA is using a special hashtag #UBLRaid (for "Usama Bin Ladin Raid") to identify tweets pertaining to the operation. We are embedding the tweets sent out by the official CIA Twitter handle talking about the raid below.

Things started off with this tweet.

Followed by some background information...More information regarding the suspicious compound was tweeted.Followed by the official announcement...Another announcement a while later...The actual operation starts.Helicopters set off for Abbottabad.Two hours later, they reach the destination - but one helicopter crash lands almost jeopardizing the entire operation...The now-famous photo from the "situation room" was captured at this moment, five years ago.The main target of the operation, Osama Bin Laden, leader of the Al Qaeda is found and shot dead.President Obama receives "tentative confirmation of positive identification of Bin Laden."Note that the official death of Osama Bin Laden is May 2. However, when the operation was underway in Pakistan, it was still May 1 in the U.S.

While the concept of live tweeting a momentous event in the history of the United States seemed an interesting idea, CIA did face backlash for doing so. Some people were not impressed by the decision to live tweet Osama Bin laden's death.

While some others didn't mind...The real-time playback of the Osama Bin Laden operation is still underway as we file this article.

What do you think? Was this a good idea to mark the fifth anniversary of the operation that led to Osama Bin Laden's death?

[AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer]