As this Google Maps image suggests, the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region is devoid of towns and infrastructure, in theory making it an ideal place to hide for long periods of time. The presence of U.S. drones in the skies over the area, however, has made it more dangerous for Taliban and al Qaeda personnel.
6Burial at Sea
Years later, bin Laden would be found in an urban area not far from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Hiding in (relatively) plain sight, it seems, proved successful for only so long.