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Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, on Tuesday called bin Laden an “inspirational and operational leader.”

When asked about the future of the U.S. fight against al Qaeda Mr. Rogers told CNN: “We still have Zawahri, the number two, who is likely to ascend to the number one position in al Qaeda. We still have a very strong al Qaeda network that is striving to not only survive but grow and develop in different parts of the world: Yemen, Somalia and other places. So our work isn’t done.”

On Tuesday, senior U.S. officials provided additional details on the raid and the fact that Pakistan’s government and military were kept out of the planning and execution.

CIA Director Leon Panetta said in an interview with NBC that “the Pakistanis did not know anything about this mission.”

Mr. Panetta noted that the secrecy “was deliberate on our part [so] that this would be conducted as a unilateral mission. President Obama had made very clear to the Pakistanis that if we had good evidence as to where Osama bin Laden was located, we were going to go in and get him. And - that’s exactly what happened.”