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.
Fresh air strikes hit Syria's Aleppo city early Monday, an AFP correspondent said, after US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva in a bid to halt the mounting carnage. More than a week of fighting in and around Syria's second city has killed hundreds of civilians. Heavy air strikes hit rebel-held east Aleppo in the early hours of Monday, AFP's correspondent there said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.