Osama Bin Laden Is Dead – WSJ.com


WASHINGTON– Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead, President Obama said. The U.S. has his body in its possession, U.S. officials said late Sunday.Mr. bin Laden was killed in a joint raid in Pakistan’s northwestern district of Abbottabad, some 40 miles from Islamabad, in a joint raid overnight Sunday, according to a senior Pakistani official.

The town also is home to a Pakistani military academy. Two American helicopters took part in the operation, the official said. One Pakistani helicopter involved in the raid crashed after it was hit by firing from militants.

President Barack Obama made the announcement late Sunday at the White House.

The development capped a manhunt of more than a decade for the architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that left 3,000 people dead and dramatically altered U.S. foreign policy and the nation’s sense of security.

Although Mr. bin Laden was not thought to be a critical operational leader of Al Qaeda, he had been the worldwide symbol of the terrorist network.

Because he has been so difficult to find for more than a decade, the killing of Mr. bin Laden is a major victory for Mr. Obama, who demanded an aggressive expansion of Predator drone strikes in Pakistan.

In a recent book on Mr. bin Laden, Michael Scheuer, former chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s bin Laden unit, wrote that the al Qaeda leader’s goal was to attack the West, and then to move on to Arab states and Israel, but that “he has given no indication that he expects to live long enough to finish the job.”

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Obama announces Osama bin Laden killed by U.S. – latimes.com


By Michael A. Memoli and Michael Muskal

May 1, 2011, 8:35 p.m.

Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles— Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist, was killed in Pakistan as the result of a U.S. military operation, President Obama announced to the nation Sunday night.

The historic revelation comes about four months before the 10th anniversary of the devastating Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, which were executed by the Al Qaeda network helmed by Bin Laden and prompted the start of a war on terror that has dominated U.S. foreign policy.

Bin Laden, 54, was a member of a wealthy Saudi family and has been on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives List since 1999.

Bin Laden broke with Saudi leaders over their beliefs regarding Israel. He was eventually denounced by his family and gave up citizenship.

Al Qaeda has taken responsibility for the bombings of U.S. embassies in 1998 in Tanzania and Kenya. More than 200 people were killed in the attacks.

Al Qaeda has also claimed responsibility for other attacks on other symbols of U.S. power around the globe. It has spawned local organizations in hot spots from Iraq to Afghanistan.

The announcement by Obama from the East Room of the White House came eight years to the day after President Bush announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq, the so-called “Mission Accomplished” speech from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

Members of Congress were briefed on the news by Vice President Joe Biden throughout the weekend, according to a Senate aide.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, related the news to mourners at a memorial service for political consultant Kam Kuwata. Feinstein said Obama was announcing it on TV as she spoke. However, she announced the news well before Obama began to speak.




Osama bin Laden Is Dead – NYTimes.com





WASHINGTON —President Obama announced late Sunday that Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed in a firefight during an operation he ordered Sunday inside Pakistan, ending a 10-year manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist. American officials were in possession of his body, he said.

“On nights like this one, ‘’ the president said, “we can say that justice has been done.’’

The fate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al Qaeda number two in command, was unclear.

The death of Mr. Bin Laden is a defining moment in the American-led war on terrorism. What remains to be seen is whether the death of the leader of Al Qaeda galvanizes his followers by turning him into a martyr, or whether it serves as a turning of the page in the war in Afghanistan and gives further impetus to the Obama administration to bring American troops home.

President Obama said that on Sunday, a small team of U.S. operatives launched a “targeted assault’’ on a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad where months of intelligence work had established that Mr. Bin Laden was living. Mr. Bin Laden was killed after a firefight, and the troops took custody of his body.

The killing ended a 10-year manhunt in which Mr. Bin Laden repeatedly eluded his pursuers, deeply frustrating the Bush administration and counterterrorism officials.

The news of the death of the leader of Al Qaeda electrified the world — crowds gathered outside the White House, cheering, as they waited for the president to confirm the news. Mr. bin Laden was able to elude capture by hiding out in the mountains of Afghanistan and elsewhere. He initially escaped from Tora Bora in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan after an American invasion routed the Taliban, his protectors.

Since then, he issued some 30 messages, in audio, video or electronic text, sometimes taunting, sometimes gloating, sometimes urging new terrorist attacks. Intelligence officials believe the messages were passed from hand to hand repeatedly to obscure any trail back to his hiding place. Even while in hiding, he remained a potent symbolic figure. And American officials believe, based on intercepted communications from second- and third-tier Qaeda operatives, that he also still helped shape Al Qaeda’s strategy.







Obama says al-Qaida leader killed in U.S. operation outside Islamabad








WASHINGTON, May 1 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that a U.S. operation has killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and put his body in U.S. custody.

He said earlier in the day, U.S. military personnel raided a compound where bin Laden was hiding, and later confirmed that the terrorist leader was among those killed in a fire fight.

U.S. cooperation with Pakistani counterparts led to the location of bin Laden outside Islamabad, the president said, adding that the United States had leads of whereabout of bin Laden last August.

Bin Laden, widely seen as the kingpin of global terrorism, was claimed responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, which killed over 3,000 people in the United States.


U.S. has body of Osama bin Laden

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Xinhua) — U.S. media on Sunday night said al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden is dead, and President Barack Obama is to make a statement shortly.

Media reports indicated U.S. authorities now have the body of bin Laden, and confirmed his death. Obama is to make a highly unusual statement about the issue.  Full story

Obama says capturing bin Laden extremely important to national security

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that capturing terror mastermind Osama bin Laden is still extremely important to national security, although it won’t “solve all the problems.”

Nine years after masterminding the 9/11 attacks and evading the U.S. forces, the al-Qaeda leader has “gone deep underground,” but the United State will continue to hunt him, said Obama. Full story

Afghan FM says Bin Laden not hiding in his country

CAIRO, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) — Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasoul said on Sunday that al-Qaida terrorist group leader Osama bin Laden was not hiding inside Afghanistan and denied knowledge of his whereabouts.

“Regarding bin Laden, I can say he is not in Afghanistan because If he was in Afghanistan he would have been found,” Rafoul told reporters after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Cairo on Sunday. Full story





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