Monday, 2 May 2011


Title: T T O O
acrylic on canvas
state: unfinished/finished
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew two 767 jets into the complex, one into each tower, in a coordinated terrorist attack. After burning for 56 minutes, the South Tower (2) collapsed, followed a half-hour later by the North Tower (1), with the attacks on the World Trade Center resulting in 2,752 deaths.
On May 1, 2011, in Washington, D.C. (May 2, Pakistan Standard Time), U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden was killed by "a small team of Americans" acting under Obama's direct orders, in a covert operation inAbbottabad, Pakistan, about 50 km (31 mi) north of Islamabad. He was believed by some to be hiding near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, but was hiding in a million-dollar three-story mansion in Abbottabad. The Telegraph identified the compound's specific location on Google maps. The compound is 800 feet (250 meters) from a Pakistani police station, and a few hundred yards from the Pakistan Military Academy (Pakistan's "West Point").
Applying the proceeds of a book deal, the family moved in 2005 from a Hyde Park, Chicago condominium to a $1.6 million house in neighboring Kenwood, Chicago. The purchase of an adjacent lot and sale of part of it to Obama by the wife of developer, campaign donor and friend Tony Rezko attracted media attention because of Rezko's subsequent indictment and conviction on political corruption charges that were unrelated to Obama.

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