Five years ago, United States special forces shot and killed Osama bin Laden, ending a manhunt that began in earnest after his Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked planes and flew them into buildings in New York and Washington in September 2001. Having originally come to office in the aftermath of global financial meltdown, Obama had put America back on track, extricated its forces from the "dumb war" in Iraq and had seemingly won the smarter war against Al-Qaeda by ordering the mission to kill bin Laden.
Syria's Aleppo city was calm on Monday after raids overnight, an AFP correspondent said, as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepared for talks in Geneva aimed at halting the violence. More than a week of fighting in and around Syria's second city has killed more than 250 civilians. Rebel shelling of government-controlled western areas of Aleppo city late Sunday killed three civilians including a child, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.