London: No effort was spared by the US military before its Navy Seals raided Al-Qaeda’s former chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last May, shows a detailed scale model of his Abbottabad city-located compound.
Every tree and bush was mapped out identical to those surrounding his home and even the rubbish bins were included, The Sun reported on Thursday.
The model was built months ahead of the operation by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA) as bosses weighed up the chances that Osama was hiding inside.
Intelligence chiefs later said they thought there was less than a 50 percent chance Osama could be there. President Barack Obama still fancied the odds and ordered the daring mission after sleeping on it overnight.
Everything in the model was based on the actual hideout using satellite imagery.