Osama bin Laden is Dead, President Obama AnnouncesCategory: News
Osama bin Laden is dead.
The founder of the jihadist terrorist organization al-Qaeda and the man responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets was reported killed in a forty-minute firefight in Abbottabad, Pakistan with U.S. military forces on Sunday, May 1, 2011.
This was confirmed by U.S. President President Barack Obama in a televised address to the nation Sunday night at 11:30 pm EDT (May 2, 2011 3:30 UTC). DNA from bin Laden’s body, compared with DNA samples on record from his dead sister, confirmed bin Laden’s identity.
His death was the result of a U.S. operation in a compound where bin Laden was believed to be hiding. A small team of American forces killed bin Laden and his body is now in U.S. custody.
Watch Obama’s announcement at the White House on Osama bin Laden’s death below as he spoke about the events of 9/11, and the devastating aftermath:
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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.