Osama bin Laden, the face of terror, killed in Pakistan

WASHINGTON – Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden’s remains, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden’s death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.

“Justice has been done,” the president said.

The development comes just months before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon, orchestrated by bin Laden’s al-Qaida organization, that killed more than 3,000 people.

The attacks set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America’s entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.

Al-Qaida was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled.

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2 Responses

  1. Well whadda ya know! President O’Bama finally kept a campaign promise.

    We’re 10 years too late!

    Where is Aymin Al-Zawahiri? He has been the operational leader of Al-Qaida since approx. 2007.

    I find it interesting that Osama Bin Laden was living in a villa in Pakistan and not “hiding in a cave” as we were led to believe.

    I hear the stock market is going up and the price of oil is dropping. That’s a little nuts, but I suppose it’s not too surprising. Apparently, we’re suppose to forget about war in Libya and civil revolt in Syria all because we finally assassinated Osama Bin Laden 10 years too late. I don’t think it will be too long before reality sets in and business-as-usual returns.

    1. Hi TINSC, That is exactly right, all of it. Interestingly enough, like you said, he was found in a villa, not a cave. Also, I suspect that the Pakistanis had to “do the right thing” from a position of nothing else but to follow along once the facts were verified. The War on Islamic Fundamentalism rages on, just like the Arabs’ War Against Israel. Nothing has changed.

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