Osama Bin Laden Dead

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, according to an announcement Sunday night by President Barack Obama.

A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said Sunday in a late-night statement at the White House. He said no Americans or civilians were killed.

"Justice has been done," the president said.

A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.

Two senior counter-terrorism officials earlier confirmed that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. One said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation, not by a Predator drone. Both said the operation was based on U.S. intelligence.

Officials have long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon, that killed more than 3,000 people, set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America's entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.

Al-Qaida was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled.

The U.S. has put its embassies on alert, warning Americans of potential al-Qaida reprisal attacks.

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  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM
    obama to get osama!
  • by bubba Location: in the field on May 3, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    they say he is dead??????????
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    Fact he is dead but the monster he made and what it has become isnt... it has mutated like cancer taking over governments ,schools, and court system ... infecting all telling us they mean no harm they are here to help... we need to embrace sharia law and it can coexist with the US laws.. and all by it... has all groups looks for those that in core belief they are victims then gets them pulls them in has been around for years.. as you look over history you see it
  • by Everette Location: Union on May 3, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    I Would like To see visual proof That This Killing Took Place.This Burial At Sea Thing is to Vague.This could all be A Bunch of Horse Crap Dreamed Up By Obama And His ban of Crooks To Enhance His re-Election Bid.I Think The American People Need to See proof Of This Death And Especially The 911 Victims Family's.
  • by Safe on May 3, 2011 at 03:53 AM
    You people are crazy!! Talking about who get credit and all those people have died.
  • by Maverick Location: Little Rock on May 2, 2011 at 09:46 PM
    I give thanks to Obama for giving the order, and I give thanks to the very brave and skilled soldiers for succesfully carrying out the order. Bin laden got exactly what he desrved, which is a one way ticket to hell!(minus the virgins). But I hope you all, or at least most of you realize, that this great country is far from being out of the woods just yet. Obama and the liberal lawmakers, have spent this country into so much debt, that the U.S. dollar could almost be mistaken for confederate money(in other words, it's dam near worthless). They have done more damage to this great country, than Bin Laden could ever have dreamed of! Bin Laden was more-less harmless as long as intelligence was keeping a watchful eye out for him, and keeping him in hiding(thank you George W.) This guy trained terroist fighters all over Bill Clintons watch, and yes probably the elder Bush's watch as well, and they never blinked an eye. And all of this led to 911. As I mentioned, this guy got exactly what he deseved, but I think we all need to come to terms as to where the real threat to this country is comming from!
  • by Hometown on May 2, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    Just another dead muslim terrorist.
  • by Dave L. on May 2, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    My two cents worth. I look at this as justice being served. I don't want to jump up and down in joy or act like a fool in the streets. After all, that's what some USA haters and freedom haters and radical Muslims did when planes crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. I don't jump up and down when murderers are executed at Parchman, either. It's justice. It had to be done. It was mission accomplished.
  • by southerngentlemen Location: Meridian on May 2, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    Seems like the commentor REPUBLICAN has dont what most republicans do, shouted the same nonsense over and over again with the assumption that if you yell it at people for long enough, theyll eventually believe it. Facts are, the entire bin ladin attack was set in motion by bush senior and reagan when they had the cia train bin ladin for the afghanistan war against the russians. This was done in violation of a congressional order. When they and oliver north got caught, they cut ties and support to bin ladin and made him our enemy. After that, bin ladin used our cia training to attack us and did very well at it, just like they had trained him to do. The facts are simple, the entire bin ladin attack was caused by a republican president and vice president many years earlier. They trained and then betrayed him. Bush junior tried for 8 years and couldnt accomplish anything other than taking our country into a depression that we still havent recovered from. Obama replaced the inefficient leaders of that war overseas, put people in place who could do the job and in just a couple years, he did what bush couldnt. He brought home the terrorists figurehead. Good work obama, I have to say I wasnt very happy when you started the new war in libya but JOB WELL DONE ON BIN LADIN.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    They worked up a number 6 on 'em! Congrats to Navy Seals Team 6
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