Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, has written a new book with Mitch Weiss on the mission to get Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaeda. The book, titled Countdown Bin Laden, the Untold Story of the 247-day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice, was released on September 7 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It details the 247-day hunt for the head of al-Qaeda after the CIA located the courier that bin Laden was using to communicate with his operatives around the world. 

With all of the bad news surrounding the horrific way that the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, Wallace’s book shows the parts of the U.S. machine that worked: the intelligence, planning, and then the mission to get the world’s most wanted terrorist. The reason the United States entered Afghanistan, to begin with, was to rid the world of the terrorist that had been steadily gaining influence and attacking U.S. interests.

 

A Focus on the Intelligence

Rather than just a history of the raid that killed bin Lad, which has been written several times, Wallace emphasizes the intelligence aspect of the hunt. In writing Countdown Bin Laden, the author received unprecedented support from the intelligence community.