Bing map shows CIA's secret Bin Laden compound mock-up

Nearly 8,000 miles from Osama bin Laden's lair, Navy Seal Team Six trained in a mock-up of the compound at a North Carolina Defense Department facility.

CIA training facility in North Carolina with mock-up of Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Microsoft Bing

In 2011, Navy Seal Team Six was prepping for a possible raid to capture or kill a high-value target living in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The target, of course, was Osama bin Laden. A satellite image of the training facility located in Perquimans County, N.C., (via the Atlantic Wire and ) was captured by Microsoft's Bing search as it was ramping up its satellite data.

It's identified on the map as the Harvey Point Defense Testing Activity, near the Albemarle Sound.

Microsoft Bing

The staged Bin Laden compound closely resembles the actual compound below:

Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. GeoEye

The buildings separated by nearly 8,000 miles have now vanished, both bulldozed into the earth but preserved by satellite imagery.

Where Bin Laden's Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound once stood. Google

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