The hidden trophy of Sunday’s raid: The JSOC team captured intelligence materials from the compound that might reveal the location of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the organization’s new commander. “That’s where we’re going next,” says one U.S. official involved in planning the operation.
We may have bin Laden himself to thank, since when he wasn’t hiding in his wife’s skirts he apparently ignored his own hideout rules.
Hiding places, bin Laden instructed, were to include “secret locations” where “documents, records, arms, and other important items” could be hidden. But when the al Qaeda leader’s residence was raided, U.S. forces scooped up computer equipment and other prospective intelligence information that apparently was out in the open.