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    Obama Announces Death of Osama bin Laden

    Photo of a section of a poster taken from the FBI website shows Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, was tracked down and shot to death, May 2, 2011, in Pakistan by an elite team of U.S. fo
    Photo of a section of a poster taken from the FBI website shows Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, was tracked down and shot to death, May 2, 2011, in Pakistan by an elite team of U.S. fo

    At 11:35 pm EST on May 1, President Barack Obama made an announcement that the American people had waited almost 10 years to hear: 

    "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-Qaida and a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children," Obama said.

    Most wanted

    Osama bin Laden has been the world’s most-wanted terrorist since more than 3,000 people were killed in al-Qaida’s attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

    The president said he was briefed last August on a possible lead to bin Laden’s location.  He said the terrorist leader had been hiding in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

    Abbottabad is a relatively affluent area about 50 kilometers north of Islamabad. 

    Obama said he authorized a mission last week to "get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice."

    Firefight

    The president said a small team of Americans Sunday carried out the operation on the compound.

    "After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body," Obama said.

    Burial at sea

    An official said three other men were killed in the raid, including one of bin Laden's sons, and that a woman was killed while being used as a human shield by a male combatant.

    An administration official says bin Laden's remains are being handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition.  News reports say a U.S. official has said bin Laden's body has been buried at sea.

    Attacks expected


    The president acknowledged that al-Qaida will continue to pursue attacks against the United States, and he warned Americans to remain vigilant.

    "I have made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9-11, that our war is not against Islam, because bin Laden was not a Muslim leader.  He was a mass murderer of Muslims.  Indeed, al-Qaida has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own."

    Watch President Obama's Announcement:



    Pakistan helped


    Obama said counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead U.S. forces to bin Laden.  He said he called Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to notify him of bin Laden’s death.  The president said Pakistani officials agreed that this was a "good and historic day" for both nations.

    Phone call to Bush


    Obama also called former President George W. Bush, who was president on September 11, 2001, and who launched the U.S. war on terror.  In a written statement, Bush called bin Laden’s killing a "momentous achievement" and a "victory for America."  He said "No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."

    Bin Laden vendetta

    Osama bin Laden was born March 10, 1957 to a wealthy family in Saudi Arabia.  

    When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, bin Laden joined the Afghan mujahedin Islamic fighters.  Several years later, he used his wealth to form his own militia force, later called al-Qaida, Arabic for "the base."

    In 1996, bin Laden declared a holy war against the United States, which he accused of looting the natural resources of Muslim nations and helping Islam’s enemies.

    Terror mastermind

    While hiding in Sudan, bin Laden is said to have plotted attacks on the U.S. military in Somalia and Saudi Arabia.  He also orchestrated the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

    Within weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the United States led a coalition that overthrew Afghanistan’s Taliban government, which had refused to turn bin Laden over to the U.S.

    For almost 10 years, U.S. soldiers and intelligence officers combed the mountainous area along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, trying to find bin Laden.

    Americans react

    Shortly before President Obama announced that bin Laden had been killed, a jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House, chanting, cheering and singing.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has put its embassies on alert and warned Americans of possible al-Qaida reprisal attacks.

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