The Washington Times - May 2, 2011, 09:12AM

President Obama on Friday morning at 8:20 a.m. signed off on the operation that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, ordering his national security team to draft formal orders before he left for Alabama to tour the tornado damage there, according to a senior administration official.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, the commander-in-chief reviewed final preparations for a special forces raid on a highly fortified compound in Pakistan. He then was notified at 3:50 p.m. that bin Laden, the founder of al Qaeda, had been “tentatively identified,” and he received additional briefings in the White House situation room throughout the night, the official said.

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