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A Successful Mission

Osama bin Laden, leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda, was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan on Sunday. Al Qaeda was responsible for the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001. President Obama announced the news late Sunday night. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Obama met with his national security team to review preparations. At 3:50 p.m., he was told that bin Laden had likely been identified. At 7:01 p.m., Obama was told that it was a high probability that Bin Laden had been killed. At 11:35 p.m., Obama officially announced bin Laden's death in a televised address. How many minutes passed from the first meeting to bin Laden's identification? How many minutes passed from bin Laden's identification to the televised address?

An hour and 50 minutes passed from the first meeting to bin Laden's identification. Seven hours and 45 minutes passed from bin Laden's identification to the televised address.

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