Dead at long last
Osama bin Laden deceased
Washington - A US official says Osama bin Laden went down firing at the Navy Seals who stormed his compound.
An official familiar with the operation says bin Laden was hit by a barrage of carefully aimed return fire.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because aspects of the operation remain classified.
The official says two dozen Seals in night-vision goggles dropped into the high-walled compound in Pakistan by sliding down ropes from Chinook helicopters in the overnight raid.
US officials say bin Laden was killed near the end of the 40-minute raid.
The Seals retrieved bin Laden's body and turned the remaining detainees over to Pakistani authorities.
The man responsible
Barack Obama watches the whole mission from the situation room. The White House has released behind-the-scenes photos of the Situation Room during tense discussions of the mission against Osama bin Laden. The mission, which resulted in bin Laden's death, was announced Sunday evening