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In this undated file photo, Osama bin Laden is seen in Afghanistan. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

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Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. Billed as "the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man", the film dramatizes the decade-long manhunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. This search eventually leads to the discovery of his compound in Pakistan and the military raid that resulted in bin Laden's death on May 2, 2011. The film stars Jessica Chastain as Maya, a fictional CIA intelligence analyst, with Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Édgar Ramírez, and James Gandolfini in supporting roles. It was produced by Boal, Bigelow, and Megan Ellison, and was independently financed by Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 19, 2012 and had its wide release on January 11, 2013. Zero Dark Thirty received wide critical acclaim and appeared on 95 critics' top ten lists of 2012. It was nominated in five categories at the 85th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Chastain, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing, and won the award for Best Sound Editing. The film also earned Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, with Chastain winning the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama. The film's depiction of so-called "enhanced interrogation" generated controversy, with some critics describing it as pro-torture propaganda, as the interrogations are shown producing reliably useful and accurate information. Acting CIA director Michael Morell stated, "The film creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques ... were the key to finding bin Laden. That impression is false." Other critics described it as an anti-torture exposure of interrogation practices

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Osama bin Laden (Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for June 15, 2014 - Al-Baghdadi, a brutal contender for bin Laden's mantle, emerges in Iraq: A militant looms over a compound abandoned by Iraqi troops near Tikrit. Counterterrorism officials say the rarely seen Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be the most dangerous terrorist leader in the post-bin Laden world. (Associated Press)

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David Sedney, former deputy assistant defense secretary overseeing Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, says Obama's plan would apply obsolete tactics like "semi-blindly firing Tomahawk missiles into training camps hours after bin Laden had flown the coop." (Associated Press)

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LED IN: David Sedney, former deputy assistant defense secretary overseeing Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, says Obama's plan would apply obsolete tactics like "semi-blindly firing Tomahawk missiles into training camps hours after bin Laden had flown the coop." (Associated Press)

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David Sedney, former deputy assistant defense secretary overseeing Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, says Obama's plan would apply obsolete tactics like "semi-blindly firing Tomahawk missiles into training camps hours after bin Laden had flown the coop." (Associated Press)

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John Brennan, President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, refused to answer questions about whether the video unfairly capitalizes on bin Laden's death. (Associated Press)

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"Thanks to President Obama, bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," Vice President Joseph R. Biden said in a speech, keeping with the campaign ad theme. (Associated Press)

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"Thanks to President Obama, bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," Vice President Joseph R. Biden said in a speech, keeping with the campaign ad theme. (Associated Press)

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John Brennan, President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, refused to answer questions about whether the video unfairly capitalizes on bin Laden's death. (Associated Press)

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Ghulam Farooq Wardak, Afghanistan's education minister and a member of a peace council in charge of reconciliation efforts with the Taliban, sees a post-bin Laden opportunity for accord. (Official Presidential Palace Photo)

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"What became pretty obvious with [bin Laden's] death is that he was pretty irrelevant," said Australian Maj. Gen. Michael G. Krause, deputy chief of staff of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.