Twitter Is None Too Impressed With CIA's Retro-Tweets On Osama Raid

02/05/2016 5:37 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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On 1 May, 2011, US special forces carried out an operation to attack the residence of then Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. They succeeded in killing the terrorist mastermind, bringing to an end a decade-long man-hunt.

On the fifth anniversary of this raid, the CIA took the controversial step of live-tweeting the entire raid, reconstructing it tweet by tweet as if it were happening in real time.

The raid started with the approval of top officials, including the President of the United States.

Two helicopters left Afghanistan, but one of them crashed. The operation still continued.

The CIA tweeted other details, including pictures, maps and the plan of the house Bin Laden was staying in.

While the capturing of Osama Bin Laden’s compound was touted as a proud moments for the US, a lot of Twitter users rolled their eyes at the re-enactment.

In 2011, a resident of Abbottabad named Shoaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual) unknowingly live-tweeted the raid in a series of tweets that went viral all over the world. The IT consultant was tweeting about rather unusual activities that were taking place in the town that night.

In 2012, a Hollywood movie based on the raid was released; Zero Dark Thirty earned positive reviews in general.

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