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dateline: 28 February 2012

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Osama Bin Laden’s Compound Demolished

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • demolish: to destroy
  • compound: an enclosed area
  • bulldozer: a powerful tractor that can break through ground or structures
  • disrupt: to break the flow or continuation of something
  • al-Qaeda: a terrorist organization that was led by Osama Bin Laden
  • raid: a sudden, unexpected attack

Osama Bin Laden’s Compound Demolished

The compound where US killed Osama Bin Laden last May was demolished over the weekend by Pakistani forces. Hundreds of police guarded the site as bulldozers brought down the three-storey building. Journalists were barred from getting close to the scene, and the wreckage was removed immediately. No official cause for the demolition was given, but local residents had been that their lives had been disrupted by ongoing security in the area. US officials claim that the al-Qaeda had been hiding in the compound with his family for several years before the May raid.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was destroyed over the weekend?
  2. Why couldn’t journalists take good pictures of the demolition?
  3. Why will some local residents be happy about the demolition?

Discussion Question: Why do you think Pakistani officials decided to destroy this compound? Do you think it was the right decision?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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