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Breaking News: Osama Bin Laden killed by US Military


May 1, 2010, 11pm


In a televised statement, President Obama confirmed tonight that Osama Bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan. 

“Tonight, 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 leader of Al Qaeda.”

US officials said the CIA tracked bin Laden to his location, then elite troops from Navy SEAL Team Six, a top military counter-terrorism unit, flew to the hideout in four helicopters. Bin Laden was shot in the head in an ensuing firefight, these officials said, adding that he and his guards had resisted his attackers. US personnel identified him by facial recognition, the official said, declining to say whether DNA analysis had also been used. Although one helicopter crashed, no US personnel were injured during the operation. 

Obama called bin Laden's death "the most significant achievement" in the war. "We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad," he said.

"We must also reaffirm that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. ... Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims."

President Obama said he called President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan to say that "this is a good and historic day for both of our nations." 

Obama declared: "Justice has been done." He also paid tribute to the "countless" intelligence agents who are nameless but who he played a crucial role in the operation. "Tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work," he said.

He also said to the families of the 9/11 victims that "we have never forgotten your loss."

"Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth and power but because of who we are."

The announcement comes nearly a decade after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks against the United States which triggered the Afghanistan war and initiated a global hunt for the terrorist mastermind and Al Qaeda leader.

In recent years, that hunt had increasingly led U.S. intelligence across the border and into Pakistan, where Al Qaeda is thought to be concentrated. Osama Bin Laden was found living in a mansion in a Pakistani town with a large presence of Pakistani military. 

President Obama said "[bin Laden's] demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity."

In light of bin Laden’s death, authorities around the world are being urged to take significant security precautions. Officials are concerned bin Laden’s death could incite violence or terrorist acts against U.S. personnel overseas.

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush released the following statement on the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of the Al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”



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