According to sources in the US intelligence community, bin Laden was near/in Islamabad, Pakistan.
He was with family in a compound.
Leads from Pakistan ISI — that’s right — ISI, led US forces and intel to the site.***
The US used own sources to confirm and “received clearance to strike from Pakistan.”
According to my source, “US direct action with strong assist and support from Pakistan” killed Osama bin Laden.
– Steve Clemons
***Update: At the time of my writing the above, my sources in the military and CIA shared the background statement above that ISI participated in supporting the Navy Seals action. It seems increasingly clear that this is not true, or at least the truth is murky. I’ll leave the original posting up as this was what I was told by an informed source (and confirmed by another) who may in retrospect have either been misinformed, or working to spin a story perhaps, or ultimately accurate. I have to admit to doubts about this claim now given what we are learning. Thanks to those of you who have commented.
Best, Steve Clemons