Osama bin Laden reported deadWritten by Lisa Renee Ward | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s being reported that Osama bin Laden is dead. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine sent out a statement that bin Laden was killed as a result of a US military operation.
President Obama said at 11:35 p.m. May 1, the United States conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
The President credited the work of the military and the intelligence community during the past ten years. The President was briefed a few months ago about the possibility of bin Laden being in a compound in Pakistan. A week ago the President authorized a targeted operation against the compound. A small team of U.S. military led the operation, killed bin Laden and took custody of the body, the operation took place today. No American military personnel were injured during the operation.
The death does not mark the end of our effort, the President said. The President stressed that this was not a war on Islam, that bin Laden was the murderer of Muslims. He noted the cooperation with Pakistan helped lead to the death of bin Laden. Obama said bin Laden’s death “the most significant achievement” in the war. “We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad,” he says.
The President said Americans understand the cost of war, but we will not tolerate our security be threatened, we will be relentless in the defense of our citizens and our allies. “Justice has been done,” said Obama.
The President said to those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11 that we have never forgotten their loss. Today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of our people. America can do whatever we set our mind to, said the President.
Former President Bush issued a statement congratulating President Obama and the men and women of our military community on the news of the death of bin Laden. He said President Obama called him earlier tonight to tell him that bin Laden was dead. “This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001,” the former President said. “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
Updated May 2: U.S. official sources have reported some additional details about the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. During the about 40 minute assault on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Bin Laden and three other men were killed. One woman, who reportedly was used as a human shield was also killed.
The compound where the assault took place was reportedly built several years ago. “It has 12-to-18-foot walls, topped with barbed wire; internal walls sectioned off different areas of the compound; access was restricted by two security gates,” a CIA official said.
The goal of the mission was to capture bin Laden alive, but U.S. officials have reportedly said bin Laden resisted during the military operation.
Several sources report that DNA evidence was used to confirm one body was that of bin Laden and that the body was buried at sea.