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Obama: ‘The U.S. has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden’

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Osama bin Laden, the elusive leader of the al Qaeda terrorist organization and mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, has been killed in a firefight in Pakistan, President Obama announced in a late-night address from the White House Sunday evening. “I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden,” the president said.

U.S. special forces were acting on a lead developed last August that suggested bin Laden may have been hiding “deep inside of Pakistan,” Obama said. “Finally, last week I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.”

American special forces found bin Laden in a compound in Abbottabad, a quiet garrison town north of Islamabad and well beyond the mountainous border region where he was long believed to have been hiding. “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability,” Obama said. After cornering the elusive al Qaeda leader, perhaps the most hunted man in the world, U.S. special forces stormed the compound in what Obama called a “targeted operation” and shot bin Laden to death. “After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

 

A DNA test has confirmed bin Laden’s identity, administration officials said. His body was buried at sea.

Obama called bin Laden’s death “the most significant achievement to date” in American’s ten-year-long war against terrorism and, specifically, its fight against al Qaeda. “For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies,” Obama said. “Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must — and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.”

“Justice has been done,” he added.

Reaction to the news poured in from public officials around the world. Former President George W. Bush called the killing of the terrorist leader a “momentous achievement.” British Prime Minister David Cameron said the news was “a great relief.” And New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called bin Laden’s death “a critically important victory for our nation.”

“New Yorkers have waited nearly ten years for this news,” Bloomberg said. “It is my hope that it will bring some closure and comfort to all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.”

The news comes amid widespread unrest in the Arab world that many say has already marginalized al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist organizations, as protesters challenge autocratic regimes and call for democratic reforms. The announcement is also certain to serve as a boost for the beleaguered U.S. military effort in Afghanistan, which suffered debilitating setbacks in recent months, including a daring prison escape last week that allowed hundreds of Taliban fighters to go free.

In the wider Arab world, bin Laden’s death may serve to further sideline al Qaeda, which has already struggled to remain relevant amid the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and elsewhere. In Libya especially, analysts feared the possibility of a military stalemate and the possible creeping influence of al Qaeda among the opposition. It’s not clear whether bin Laden’s death will ease those concerns, or whether it will have any discernible impact on the terrorist organization’s daily operations and ability to launch attacks overseas.

The global intelligence firm Stratfor posted a brief analysis on its website Sunday evening speculating that bin Laden’s death could “trigger action by al Qaeda in bin Laden’s name.” The symbolic significance of bin Laden’s death, however, is “obvious,” the firm said. The news could also ease political pressure on President Obama as he seeks to draw down America’s military commitment in Afghanistan.

“It is difficult to understand what this means at this moment, but it permits the Obama administration to claim victory, at least partially, over al Qaeda,” the firm wrote. “It also opens the door for the beginning of a withdrawal from Afghanistan, regardless of the practical impact of bin Laden’s death. The mission in Afghanistan was to defeat al Qaeda, and with his death, a plausible claim can be made that the mission is complete.”

 
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Comments

  • Moein

    Hope this is the final part of a real story! Not a new section of political play.

  • Guest 5

    To use a Churchillian phrase it might be the END of the BEGINNING but is merely the BEGINNING OF THE END!
    Next are the Al Qaeda no 2 and 3 the America convert In Yemen and Mullah Omar and his no 2 and 3 of the Taliban.
    Having said that the Obam speech was the perfect blend of sorrow and aggression and making sure fighting Islam as a religion is not the objective.
    This latter is critical as we abhor Muslims Killing Muslims ( or anyone else because we are not attacking your faith) because of differeing religious interpretations of the Koran. We have ( in the west) different interpretations of the Bible and christian beliefs and sects but we dont kill each other we respect and tolerate the difference. Is it too much to ask Muslims to do the same.
    Regards,
    Guest 5

  • http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/ online purchase

    Obama wasn’t responsible. I cannot believe all of the liberals celebrating this just because Obama is currently president. He didn’t want America going into Afghanistan after 9/11 in the first place. I think all credit goes to Special Forces who risked their lives and make this operation successful

  • Auntiepualani

    Do we respect and tolerate out differences and not kill each other?
    What about the attack on Congress Woman Gabby Gifford?
    What about the assassination of American presidents in America by Americans? What about racial violence; violence towards gays, domestic violence, teen suicides, military suicides, etc in America?
    I agree we should tolerate our differences and speaking of Christianity; we should: take the log out of our own eye before looking for specks in someone else’s eye.

    Yes, there are always more people to kill and more people to blame.
    So when do we really put an end to war?

  • Andrew

    But Obama did renew the focus on finding bin Laden when he came into office. We had gotten too distracted with the war in Iraq with bush.

  • Steelcitybro

    You’re pitiful, a limp dick republican racist & I’ll bet your chicken right wing ass did not serve one day in uniform. Which would be typical for a right wing chicken hawk like your lame ass.

  • Krousehughes

    Did anyone announce how they knew it was him for sure, DNA? fingerprints? 10 years can change the appearence of a man.

  • Ezbandini

    They buried bin Loudmouth at sea! What a slap in the face to everyone who lost a loved one in the 9/11 attacks! Obama wasted no time taking full credit for the hit on bin Loser so I think he should also take full blame for slapping the American People in the face by not bringing the body back to New York where it could be paraded down the street and past the site where the Twin Towers used to be! The body should have been violated in the most heinous fashion as befitting the slimebag whose life’s mission it was to do nothing more than kill every Christian he could! Since when is it Muslim custom to bury a body only hours after death? I have seen tons of footage of people wailing in the streets as dead Muslims, or their caskets anyway, were being displayed for days before burial. Just another ObamaTruth or, in layman’s terms, another lie! IMPEACH THE TRAITOR OBAMA!

  • TRUTHSEEKER

    Just google it. They said they did a DNA test and it was conclusive. It’s amazing! They brought a DNA testing lab with them on the mission I guess.

  • Skyhigh41

    And you are probably a limpdick racist who probably hates Obama’s white half as much as Obama himself does. Racist Commie cumwad!

  • Guest

    Obama did not support America going into IRAQ. I continue to be amazed at how people do not recognize the difference. And he didn’t support going into IRAQ because it would draw support and attention away from the mission in Afghanistan.

  • R U Kidding?

    You’re an idiot. Since when is molesting anyone’s body anything but sick? Any real Christian would be disgusted by your comments, and all it would do is cause yet more Muslims to become terroists that will gurt yet more Americans, and give us no extra value for the victory. I hope you never are in managment; you’d find a way to bankrupt a drinking water company in the middle of the desert. Whose body would Jesus defile in public? I hope you’re something like a 11 year old boy who watches too much G.I. Joe cartoons or something and not a grown adult.

  • WTF?!

    Actually, it is a Muslim requirement to bury the dead within 24 hours. All those “displays” you see are within 24 hours. As a Christian who has lived in many a Musilm country, Osama is not a Muslim; he is/was a psychopath.

    You really are one sick puppy! Torturing a corpse?!?!? You think we still live in the Middle Ages?!?!?

  • Jules

    Bin Laden has been dead a long time. argument here Just more of the same on the war on the people oops I mean terror

  • Jules

    Bin laden may have been dead a long time. argument here Just more of the same of the war on the people oops I mean terror

  • Sonnybdd

    Every dog has his day , Bin Ladins was yesterday ,Go Navy

  • Qwerty

     How do you torture a corpse? 

  • Anonymous

    Yada Yada Yada!

     

    I am totally disgusted and not impressed, how does Obama get
    any credit for catching bin Laden?  This
    was a no brainer all this work trying to track this man down for how long and
    all this man has to do is give the ok to go on the mission. Clinton
    refused to get Bin Laden years ago, U.S. government politicians are not
    your friends!

    I do not give this muslem prez and/or any political figure
    any credit for this capture; it totally goes to the Navy Seals and the armed
    services behind scenes! 

  • Anonymous

    What Obama has to say is not important or has what it takes to make U.S. what it
    needs to be! 

     

    Obama =’s a Big 0 and a EMBARRASSMENT!

     

     

  • Ezbandini

    Actually, I used to be in management and am credited with saving millions of dollars in accounts that we were going to lose had I not stepped in and worked my magic! I was often sent hundreds of miles away to save accounts. My immediate superior even asked me to take his place when he was promoted to VP but I refused because the region I would have had to run was filled with accounts that had illegals working in them and I would have had to fire them all and then go through the headache of finding AMERICANS to do the work. I had no desire to halt production in so many accounts while I searched for replacement workers so, instead, I took a demotion to Area Manager and moved up to the Dakotas where I didn’t have to deal with all the illegal slimebags who were stealing jobs from American citizens! I, unlike so many others, refuse to allow my integrity to be compromised, even when it means turning down a HUGE promotion with awesome benifits and great bonuses! So, I guess that shows you for the moron you are!

  • Joe

    We may not have declared war on Islam, but Islam declared war on us Christians. Some of it is a hot war, some is a cold war.  Either way, we’re going to have to call a spade a spade and get involved in the actual war rather than cover up the notion that it is about culture rather than religion.  Muslims build mosquest all over the USA, but try to build a Christian church in Saudi Arabia and see what happens.  You can’t even carry a bible into the peninsula  They demand that we tolerate their religious practices but refuse to give us the same courtesy. Why should it be so one-sided?  We need to get the Muslims out of our country while we can and stop importing them like Obama did last year when he ordered 80,000 of them with a stroke of his pen and without the usual vetting done by State.  The sooner Obama and other Muslims are out, the better we’ll be in this country.