Play “SEALs Take Down Osama:” Counter-Strike PC Game offers map of Osama Bin Laden Abbottabad Compound (.BSP Map and .KMZ model)

Osama Bin Laden’s Abbottabad Mansion is now a scenario in Counter Strike

The Abbottabad compound that was the scene of the recent killing of Osama bin Laden by a SEALS team has now been reproduced as a map (.bsp) for the the popular PC Game Counter Strike. This is a first person shooter game, in which players can now be put in the shoes of the SEALS team (or Osama’s gang). You can download the Counter Strike Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad scenario map right now and here. To see or play it, you would have to download and install the game engine, from the PHPNUKE.ORG site. Installing the game might take up to an hour.

Osama Bin Laden Compound in Abbottabad reconstructed as a map for Counter Strike PC game
Osama Bin Laden Compound in Abbottabad reconstructed as a map for Counter Strike PC game. Shortcut to original source: http://matei.org/url/csosama

Background on the Abbottabad SEALS mission to take down Osama bin Laden

Following a tip received by the US special operations forces in Afghanistan in August 2010, the US troops and intelligence community determined that Osama Bin Laden is located in Abbottabad, in North-West Pakistan, about 100 km North of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. He was found, in a “mansion” and killed with two shots (one to the head and one in the chest) by a team of 25 SEALS. Pakistani government denies that it had any knowledge of the the fact that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad, an town that is known as a retirement community for high ranking military officials. Pakistan’s highest military academy is only 1000 yards away from the compound.

3 D map of the compound

Department of Defense Diagram of Osama bin Laden Compound in Abbottabad via New York Times
Department of Defense Diagram of Osama bin Laden Compound in Abbottabad via New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/05/02/world/asia/abbottabad-map-of-where-osama-bin-laden-was-killed.html

The map below overlays Osama’s last home diagram released by the Department of Defense of onto its exact location on Google Maps. Zoom in to see it in greater detail. Click “Earth” in the upper-right corner of the map to see the diagram in 3D.You might have to install the Google Earth Plugin. It takes about 30-60 seconds for the 3D model to load.

Alternatively, download the Abbottabad Osama bin Laden hideout mansion KMZ model and run it in Google Earth (right click to Save locally, or left click to see directly Google Earth).

(Model created by Stahlmandesign, posted on Google Warehouse).

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei – Professor of Communication at Purdue University – studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei’s teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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