CNN's American Morning speaks with CNN national security analyst about the future of al Qaeda. Bergen says the death is major because when individuals join al Qaeda they take a personal oath to bin Laden himself. Now with his death, no one is that charismatic to take his place.
CNN terrorism analyst, Paul Cruickshank speaks to American Morning about the effects of bin Laden's death.
(CNN) - One week ago, the chief of Pakistan's Army Staff, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, told graduating cadets in the city of Abbottabad that the "back of terrorism" in Pakistan had been broken, thanks to the sacrifices of Pakistan's soldiers.
Kayani was speaking at the "passing out parade" at the prestigious Kakul military academy in Abbottabad, the West Point of Pakistan. At that very moment, the man who had dragged Pakistan into the "War on Terror" a decade earlier was, it transpires, just a mile or two away, living in apparent comfort behind the high walls of a very private compound. Osama bin Laden, who had declared war on Pakistan, had apparently been living for months in a city that had made its name as a military garrison. Read More
CNN's American Morning speaks with, CNN national security contributor, Fran Townsend, CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank and CNN terrorism analyst and former CIA officer Gary Bernsten about moving forward with the war on terrorism after Osama bin Laden's death.
(CNN) - Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil, is dead, officials said - almost 10 years after the attacks that killed about 3,000 people.
The founder and leader of al Qaeda was killed by U.S. forces Monday in a mansion in Abbottabad, north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, along with other family members, a senior U.S. official told CNN.
In an address to the nation Sunday night, U.S. President Barack Obama called bin Laden's death "the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda."
"Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan," Obama said. "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." Read More
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