7 never-before-seen artifacts from the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden are now on display at the 9/11 Museum
- A new exhibit at the National 9/11 Museum and Memorial tells the story of the decades-long hunt for Osama bin Laden through artifacts, some of which are displayed in public for the first time.
- Artifacts from US Special Forces, the CIA, and the FBI show how the agencies worked together to kill the al-Qaeda leader.
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The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum's new exhibit, Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden, tells the decades-long story of the hunt for one of the world's most notorious terrorists.Using artifacts from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan in 2011, as well as from the CIA and FBI, the exhibit shows how the military and intelligence agencies finally found and eliminated the founder of al-Qaeda. Advertisement
"This is the first time any of the objects from the bin Laden compound have ever been seen in public," Clifford Chanin, the executive vice president and deputy director for museum programs at the 9/11 Museum, told Insider, adding that the artifacts had just arrived from US intelligence agencies the previous week.
While the artifacts may seem like "humble objects" to some, Chanin said, "the backstory of each of these things is very, very special."Read on to see some of the artifacts in the new exhibit.
While it may seem like an ordinary "Wanted" poster, this one is actually signed by Navy Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw Joint Special Operations Command during the raid on bin Laden's compound.
This model was used by the FBI to help plan the raid.Advertisement
This knife was used in Afghanistan by an officer from the UK, which supported US forces in the region as a NATO member country.
A vest worn by one of the members of SEAL Team 6 during the raid on bin Laden's compound on May 2, 2011.Advertisement
This vest was worn by Cairo, the military working dog that accompanied the 23 members of SEAL Team Six and their interpreter on the raid.
This fragment of Arabic script was an al-Qaeda propaganda banner that supposedly hung on bin Laden's desk at his Tarnak Farms compound in Afghanistan.Advertisement
This saddle and cover was used by the "Horse Soldiers" in Afghanistan.
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