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An American Victory: Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

An American Victory: Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

Celebrations outside of the White House after President Obama's announcement regarding Osama bin Laden's Demise

Associated Press

May 02, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hideout not far from a Pakistani military academy.

“Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama said in a dramatic announcement at the White House while a crowd cheered outside and hundreds more gathered at ground zero in Manhattan to celebrate the news.

The military operation took mere minutes.

U.S. helicopters ferrying elite counter-terrorism troops into the compound identified by the CIA as bin Laden’s hideout — and back out again in less than 40 minutes. Bin Laden was shot in the head, officials said, after he and his bodyguards resisted the assault.

Three adult males were also killed in the raid, including one of bin Laden’s sons, whom officials did not name. One of bin Laden’s sons, Hamza, is a senior member of al-Qaida. U.S. officials also said one woman was killed when she was used as a shield by a male combatant, and two other women were injured.

The U.S. official who disclosed the burial at sea said it would have been difficult to find a country willing to accept the remains. Obama said the remains had been handled in accordance with Islamic custom, which requires speedy burial.

“I heard a thundering sound, followed by heavy firing. Then firing suddenly stopped. Then more thundering, then a big blast,” said Mohammad Haroon Rasheed, a resident of Abbottobad, Pakistan, after the choppers had swooped in and then out again.

Bin Laden’s death marks a psychological triumph in a long struggle that began with the Sept. 11 attacks, and seems certain to give Obama a political lift. But its ultimate impact on al-Qaida is less clear.

Watch as hundreds of New Yorkers celebrate the news.




The greatest terrorist threat to the U.S. is now considered to be the al-Qaida franchise in Yemen, far from al-Qaida’s core in Pakistan. The Yemen branch almost took down a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas 2009 and nearly detonated explosives aboard two U.S. cargo planes last fall. Those operations were carried out without any direct involvement from bin Laden.


The few fiery minutes in Abbottobad followed years in which U.S. officials struggled to piece together clues that ultimately led to bin Laden, according to an account provided by senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operation.

Based on statements given by U.S. detainees since the 9/11 attacks, they said, intelligence officials have long known that bin Laden trusted one al-Qaida courier in particular, and they believed he might be living with him in hiding.

Four years ago, the United States learned the man’s identity, which officials did not disclose, and then about two years later, they identified areas of Pakistan where he operated. Last August, the man’s residence was found, officials said.

“Intelligence analysis concluded that this compound was custom built in 2005 to hide someone of significance,” with walls as high as 18 feet and topped by barbed wire, according to one official. Despite the compound’s estimated $1 million cost and two security gates, it had no phone or Internet running into the house.

By mid-February, intelligence from multiple sources was clear enough that Obama wanted to “pursue an aggressive course of action,” a senior administration official said. Over the next two and a half months, the president led five meetings of the National Security Council focused solely on whether bin Laden was in that compound and, if so, how to get him, the official said.

Obama made a decision to launch the operation on Friday, shortly before flying to Alabama to inspect tornado damage, and aides set to work on the details.

The president spent part of his Sunday on the golf course, but cut his round short to return to the White House for a meeting where he and top national security aides reviewed final preparations for the raid.

Two hours later, Obama was told that bin Laden had been tentatively identified.

CIA director Leon Panetta was directly in charge of the military team during the operation, according to one official, and when he and his aides received word at agency headquarters that bin Laden had been killed, cheers broke out around the conference room table.

Administration aides said the operation was so secretive that no foreign officials were informed in advance, and only a small circle inside the U.S. government was aware of what was unfolding half a world away.

Watch Obama’s Speech >>


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    KarenLee

    about 3 years ago

    3856 Comments

    Again, thank you Robo, delta, and cops for not blasting my skepticism...And yes, delta, I am very proud!

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    OlympicJoy

    about 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Bravo!
    God bless America!

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    deltaforceberlin

    about 3 years ago

    2612 Comments

    I understand, Karen. And I would like to add the proof-of-death picture to my gun targets of him...
    Let's wait a few days...
    Details will come.
    They could have said that an UMV blasted him to his virgins with a Hellfire. But they send the SEALS to finish him off. And I believe in the world of a SEAL. They are man of honor and pride. Some of the best you have in the USA. You can be proud!

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    cops1521

    about 3 years ago

    1002 Comments

    KarenLee, I understand you want visual proof, but I can guarantee that if it wasn't true we would be hearing from Al Queda and Bin Laden himself to discredit the US. I agree with those who stated you don't display his body for all to see because we are better than the terrorists and we play by the rules. We bury him within the 24 hours but not where he can become a shrine. God Bless our SEALS and God Bless America!

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    KarenLee

    about 3 years ago

    3856 Comments

    Thank you Robo, Delta, for kind of clearing some things up for me....But I still want proof...I want to SEE the proof, and I know I'm not the only one that wants it

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    AKangel

    about 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Bump USLawman1983
    God Bless America....

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    Chief171

    about 3 years ago

    3192 Comments

    One hell of a victory!!!!!!!!!!!

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    rhood

    about 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    A job well done by our SEALs. I hope that at somepoint in the future, the take down video and bagging and tagging this criminal will be shown to the public.

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    Stgeorgecop

    about 3 years ago

    112 Comments

    Nice work by your SEAL Teams. As Brit I would like to say that this wasn't just a reason for America to celebrate but also us. We, and a great many nations lost citizens on that day and in the attacks since. I can offer nothing but praise for our allies across the pond. You have struck a blow for freedom the world over. My only regret that they dumped him in the ocean. I would have cremated him and dumped him in a sewer somewhere so he could be with all the other sh*t. lets hope that the others who believe as he did end up with a 9mm lobotomy as well. To those involved in this mission I say: Well done guys........and thank you.

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    JTaylor76

    about 3 years ago

    110 Comments

    God Bless our Military!!! Thankyou SEAL Team 6!!!

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    lkfuller

    about 3 years ago

    88 Comments

    Awesome job to the U.S. military! I'm so glad they finally got that SOB...Now we'll just have to take out their new leader when the time comes..just hope it doesn't take another 10 years...

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    gcoleman

    about 3 years ago

    2382 Comments

    God Bless America!

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    deltaforceberlin

    about 3 years ago

    2612 Comments

    Karen, when you guys put OBL on display you can cause trouble in the islamic world. Even he was a terrorist, the good guys are always good, so you follow the rules to lay him to rest.
    I'am always careful, what to believe, but I think he is really dead.
    A hunt, lasting more then 10 years, is over.
    Good work, SEALS!!!!

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    Robocop33

    about 3 years ago

    14614 Comments

    Karen, they did take photos and DNA etc to confirm it before tossing his sorry butt into the sea. I don't think our guys were concerned about following Islamic tradition. That is just the politicals speaking to blunt the Islamics. The politicians I do not trust, the US Navy SEALs I believe completely. When they say the killed OBL, they killed him.

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    Robocop33

    about 3 years ago

    14614 Comments

    It is another great day for our US Navy SEALS! These brave men rappeled down into this compound and kicked ass and didn't even bother to take names until they killed OBL. Then they took his body, confirmed it was definatly him and tossed his sorry butt overboard for the fish to feed on. Love it! ALL the credit needs to go to our US Armed Forces

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