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Osama bin Laden Dead

Osama bin Laden Dead

Osama bin Laden is dead, President Barack Obama has announced.

“I can report to the American people and to the world, the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children,” the president said in a speech Sunday night (May 1).

Osama, the 54-year-old mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, was killed after a firefight in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The U.S. then took custody of his body.

The death comes almost a decade after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Click inside to read President Obama‘s full address.

President Obama: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world, the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda — an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And 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.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

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. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

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.

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not — and never will be — at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we’ve done. But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.

So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done.

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.

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  • stellartes

    whaaat? no way! awesome!

  • TheVoice

    The Voice, Tuesdays on NBC, featuring Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton =)

  • asha

    Wow, that’s crazy. Good if it’s true. Hope he burns for what he has done.

  • pup

    I wanna see a pik of the body.

  • Dani


  • Angie

    Is Barack going to apologize for the death of three chikdren under the age of 12? I doubt it.

  • Hellyes

    Thank god. One less nutcase we have to worry about.

  • ha

    I doubt it. We have been manipulated before.

  • bee

    i kinda love you for covering this.

  • adriana


  • 123

    What are we going to do about the terrorists in suits?

  • Now we’re allowed to say it

    Mission accomplished!

  • adele

    President Obama for 2012, who is with me?

  • Uh?

    @asha: what HE has done? Osama didn’t do a thing, but took all the credit. In his sick mind it made him a hero.

  • J.Taylor

    USA USA USA USA!!!! — 911 Never Forget —

  • ANGIEsArkAngel


  • 73

    Is this a distraction? Because Qaddafi’s 29 year old son’s house was bombed with young children inside of it. There is no justification for murder.

  • Abby

    Ding Dong the witch is dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Proud to be an American.

  • offtheproperty

    ATTENTION All Arabs Living in Europe and The United States: It is now safe for you to return to your countries. You don’t have to suffer through the hedonism and immorality of The West any longer. Have a safe trip!

  • l-o-l


  • umm

    @adele- are you serious! what has obama done during his career..NOTHING. you should really do your homework

  • Priscilla

    @adriana: I care, as do a lot of other people. Will this end all terrorism, no. Is this justice for nearly 3000 people killed, H ELL YES.

  • pup

    If ANYONE should get credit for this, it is the men & women serving our country. Period.

  • anon


  • WOW

    @offtheproperty: UH fu cking racist.

  • HA!!!

    Good bye you piece of crap. May you never find a moments peace as you burn in hell.

  • Kiki

    Lol what a joke…these games are getting old.

  • Citizen Joe

    When Al-Qaeda apologizes, then I’m sure our President will. Good shot.

  • Still mind


    Except numbers, with those sacrificed those numbers are gained.

  • Amanda

    OBAMA’S face needs to be removed from this post! He deserves ZERO credit for this success! All credit to our amazing men and women overseas!

  • Kale

    @Citizen Joe: The way we talk about our country as if we are these heros is ridiculous. We do the same to innocent people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Pakistan that terrorists did on 9/11.

  • 35t10b

    great, but what will that stop, nothing, Al Queda has gone way beyond OSB, Pakistan our next war?

  • The Punnator


  • Lyla Says

    This isn’t over. While the face of terrorism is dead, I suspect there may be retaliation.

    Be prepared folks. Now, Gadhafi should be next.

  • Amanda

    @Kale: If you are going to compare Al Queda’s targeting of INNOCENTS on 9/11 to our mission in Afghanistan, you can go join them in the Middle East.

  • truth

    @Amanda: It was under his presidency. It has been a decade since the september 11 attacks and 8 years of BUSH NOTHING

  • Amanda

    @truth: If it had happened while Bush was president, I STILL would have credited the military and not the president.

  • Melissa


    Did you listen? He gave credit to the counter terrorist professionals several times. He even gave credit to Bush. He gave credit to the ones who carried out the mission and to all the people who have been over the last ten years.

    Watch it again idiot!

  • Fighter

    Oh he is dead…again? How much times does the CIA have to make a new Bin Laden only to scare us all, and take our freedom.

    I am not falling for it, none of it.

  • Amanda

    And at least Bush made it a priority that we find him. If it was up to Obama, we would have been gone a long time ago and this guy would still be dreaming up future terrorist attacks.

  • lol

    @TheVoice: You are a pathetic loser! How embarrassing for you! It’s a tv show! Grow up

  • Kale

    @Amanda: So the 3,000 people per month since 2006 our troops have killed in Afghanistan were all terrorists? Keep lying to yourself. Our beloved people murder children. There are photos to prove it.

  • javi

    i congratulate both bush and obama bush because he send the troops and obama for giving the orther to attack that son of a bitch hope satan is giving him anal.

  • Melissa


    I don’t think you watched the same speech that I did. He gave credit to the people carrying out the mission, the people who have been fighting since 9/11, and he even gave credit to Bush. Watch the speech again idiot.



    Why are you splitting hairs? The President is the ELECTED voice of the American people and he should be accorded that respect. Would you rather have had Justin Beiber made the announcement?

  • Celia

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

  • javi

    @umm: dude he gave the orther to kill bin laden thats enough .

  • paradise

    I’m sure OBL will be going there like he believes so,



  • Adriana Levesque

    Thank you! Men & Women Who Serve Our Country & Protect Us!!!!