Bin Laden and Abbottabad Infographics: A Death Designed

A guide to what the compound looked like, how the kill unfolded, and other details from a distant and confusing event

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Osama Bin Laden As politics editor Garance Franke-Ruta wrote on our site recently, figuring out the details of the bin Laden capture narrative is tough, particularly when the official story keeps changing. First he was using his wife as a human shield; then he wasn't. First he was firing; then he was unarmed. And what about that million-dollar-plus mansion turned glorified hovel?

Fortunately, Reuters has harnessed the power of good design and created these infographics that show what the compound looked like, where it was, and how things played out. Sure, infographics can call readers with a siren song that makes situations look clearer than they are, and who knows what new details or factual flip-flopping will emerge. But for now, here's a helpful visual guide to a complicated event that took place in an unfamiliar country.

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Images: Reuters Graphics

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Daniel Fromson, a former associate editor at The Atlantic, is a writer based in Washington, D.C. He writes regularly for The Washington Post. His work has also appeared in Harper's Magazine, New York, and Slate.

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