On Sunday, May 1st, 2011, two helicopters with a full complement of U.S. Special Forces (Navy SEALs) engaged in combat with forces at Abottabad, a popular retirement community for Pakistani military personnel as well as housing a large Pakistani military base and military academy. Several people were killed including Osama Bin Laden and a woman who was used as a human shield. Special Forces personnel were on site for roughly 40 minutes before departing. One helicopter was lost due to mechanical failure and no U.S. personnel lost their lives. This in turn holds several problematic events for the Pakistani government which up until now had flatly denied knowledge of Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts especially when his compound was less than a third of a mile away from the military academy. This has lead many to suspect that Al-Qaeda has operations in the area. The impact of his death is a double blow for the terrorist organization. Firstly, it denies the narrative that they set that the way to regain Arab honor is to shed blood and secondly casts doubt with the bloom of the Arab Spring.* Ultimately it does little in the way of actual results, the war on terror continues and the wars being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan must continue to their conclusions. However this sets the important example that those who engage in terrorist activities upon the United States will eventually be caught, no matter how the wait. The body of Osama Bin Laden was disposed at sea shortly after his death, this was decided upon by U.S. officials to largely deny followers a shrine in which to attend.
* = Arab Spring refers to the "blossoming" of democratic reforms in Middle East following the invasion of Iraq, this has proven problematic because these upheavals are largely disconnected and unrelated aside from ideological inspiration.