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CIA slammed for ‘live-tweeting’ raid to mark five-year anniversary of Osama Bin Laden death

Twitter users have responded by posting images of people showing disbelief

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Published 02/05/2016 | 09:39

Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden

The CIA has been ridiculed after 'live tweeting' the special forces operation to kill Osama Bin Laden to mark the fifth anniversary of the raid.

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Having spent the previous 10 years as the world's most wanted man, the al-Qaeda terror chief was shot dead at the compound where he was holed up in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.

But the reaction to the US intelligence agency's decision to recount the operation as it happened was largely negative, with users calling it “utterly tasteless” and “completely inappropriate”.

“To mark the 5th anniversary of the Usama Bin Ladin operation in Abbottabad we will tweet the raid as if it were happening today. #UBLRaid,” the Central Intelligence Agency tweeted.

A series of tweets went on the describe the events of the day, from the moment one of the helicopters crashing on arrival, to Bin Laden being “found on third floor and killed,” to a picture of President Barack Obama sat in the Situation Room watching the events unfold.

The tweets recounting the events have each been 'liked' and retweeted hundreds of times, some thousands, but many on Twitter criticised the decision to mark the operation in this way.

One user tweeted a screengrab of them reporting the CIA for being abusive or harmful, while many posted pictures of celebrities showing shock or disbelief.

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