<p>The last hideout of the United States' most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, appeared peaceful the day after U.S. Navy SEALs killed bin Laden Monday during a predawn raid on his fortified compound in <a href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=h&amp;c=34.14521907785372, 73.20167496800423&amp;z=13">Abbottabad (map)</a>, <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/pakistan-guide/">Pakistan</a>.</p><p>It's shocking that bin Laden was found in this Pakistani army-garrison town just 72 miles (116 kilometers) north of the city of Islamabad, according to Don Belt, <em>National Geographic</em> magazine contributing writer. Belt has briefed the U.S. Congress on Pakistan and visited Abbottabad many times.</p><p>That's because the picturesque town is home to thousands of troops, and it's neither a Taliban stronghold nor a vast, hard-to-search metropolis.</p><p>(Read <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/01/0111_020111donbelt.html">Belt's thoughts on a century of <em>National Geographic</em> coverage of the Islamic world</a>.)<em></em></p><p><em>—Brian Handwerk</em></p><p><strong>More Osama bin Laden Coverage</strong></p><ul class="bullets"><li><a href="http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/series/osama-bin-laden/all/overview"><em>Death of Osama bin Laden</em> on the National Geographic Channel</a></li><li><a href="http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/national-geographic-channel/specials-1/bin-laden/">Videos on Osama bin Laden and 9/11</a></li><li><a href="http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/community/blogs/ngc/_9-11-generation-right-celebrate">Was It Wrong to Celebrate Osama bin Laden's Death?</a></li><li><a href="http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/series/osama-bin-laden/all/Overview#tab-al-qaeda-attacks">Al Qaeda Attack Time Line</a></li><li><a href="http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/community/blogs/ngc/_eeriest-parallel-hitler-osama">The Eeriest Parallel: Hitler and Osama</a></li><li><a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-mastermind-of-911-dead-after-10-year-hunt/">Osama bin Laden, Mastermind of 9/11, Dead After Ten-Year Hunt</a></li><li><a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/features/world/asia/pakistan/pashtun-text"><em>National Geographic</em> Magazine: "Tracking the Ghost of Bin Laden"</a> </li><li><a href="http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/national-geographic-channel/specials-1/history-events/ngc-in-pursuit-of-bin-laden.html">Bin Laden Hunt Hurt by U.S. Disrespect of Afghans, Experts Say</a></li><li><a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/05/02/pakistan-bin-laden-and-the-world-of-terrorism/">Pakistan, bin Laden, and the World of Terrorism</a></li><li><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/08/0812_050812_tv_waronterror.html">U.S. Still Unprepared for Al Qaeda Attacks, Expert Says</a></li><li><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/03/0304_0304_wirebinladen1.html">Bin Laden: The Great Escape?</a></li><li><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/09/photogalleries/9-11/">P</a><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/09/photogalleries/9-11/">hotos: 9/11, Then and Now</a></li><li><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/10/1016_afghancaves.html">Afghanistan's "Hidden Caves" a Myth, Experts Say</a></li></ul>

Last Refuge of Osama bin Laden

The last hideout of the United States' most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, appeared peaceful the day after U.S. Navy SEALs killed bin Laden Monday during a predawn raid on his fortified compound in Abbottabad (map), Pakistan.

It's shocking that bin Laden was found in this Pakistani army-garrison town just 72 miles (116 kilometers) north of the city of Islamabad, according to Don Belt, National Geographic magazine contributing writer. Belt has briefed the U.S. Congress on Pakistan and visited Abbottabad many times.

That's because the picturesque town is home to thousands of troops, and it's neither a Taliban stronghold nor a vast, hard-to-search metropolis.

(Read Belt's thoughts on a century of National Geographic coverage of the Islamic world.)

—Brian Handwerk

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Photograph by Farooq Naeem, AFP/Getty Images

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