Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (commonly known as Osama bin Laden), founder and leader of the jihadist organization al-Qaeda, has been assassinated by members of the United States Navy Sea, Air and Land forces (Navy SEAL‘s) in Abbottabad, Pakistan, according to media sources from all over the world. Bin Laden’s body has supposedly been recovered by American agents, and is being handled in accordance with Islamic customs.
Bin Laden has been identified as the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States of America (‘USA’).
Good evening. 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, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
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. President Barack Hussein Obama.
The Guardian reports bin Laden died in a helicopter-borne assault launched on a closely guarded compound in Abbottabad, 30 miles north-east of Islamabad, on Sunday night. MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters were used to transport the Navy Seal’s.
The compound had drawn the CIA’s interest because it was far larger than residences around it, had walls 12 to 18 feet high that were topped with barbed wire and had few windows in its three-story building. The compound was valued at $1 million (USD) but had no telephone or Internet, and all trash was burned on the premises, according to American newspaper Los Angeles Times.
Bin Laden’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, remains at liberty.
Analysts said Bin Laden’s death is likely to accelerate the breakage of militant groups loosely associated with al-Qaeda, especially in the Middle East, that have taken their inspiration from bin Laden’s call for attacks on the USA and its allies for more than a decade.
May 2nd, 2011.