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May 2nd, 2011
05:37 AM ET

Osama Bin Laden dead

(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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  1. Lori

    UH-RA !!!! Cheers and many many thanks and blessings to the special military unit that went to that compound in Pakistan and gave bin laden what he had coming to him!!!! More proof to all the terrorists out there that if you attack the United States you will be found and killed no matter how long it takes. I have hoped and prayed for this day since 9/12/01 but we could never seem to get him, I began to wonder if we ever would be able to catch him. Thanks to President Obama and his team for having the courage to stick with the operation of tracking bin laden down and planning a raid to go in and take him out, no matter what!!! I am really glad they didn't drop a bomb on him, I am glad that seconds before bin laden died he knew he would die at the hands of the United States Military.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  2. Paul

    Osama's been dead since late 2001. This was agreed upon by Eric Haney (found of Delta Force), Oliver North, several intelligence department heads, etc. See this article or read the many others:

    Question – If there was a firefight in a well guarded compound, where are all the other bodies? We didn't carry them all out in the type of strike and go effort that the Navy Seals supposedly carried out. We have pictures of 1 room and some computers... something smells like B/S to me. Of course we can confirm his DNA – we killed him a long time ago. But you can't have wars without enemies. Wake up you bunch of sheep.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  3. Chris

    Hey CNN...I think it would be useful to use google earth in a segment and show this area of Pakistan. I'm not saying Pakistan "didn't know" but this is a populated area with thousands of homes...hell there is even a golf course! My point is it isn't an isolated area, it's a populated town where thousands of everyday people are moving around going about their business. There are large homes, multi-lane roads. Let's not be too quick to villify Pakistan.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  4. Rick

    I'm glad they finally got the bum. But what really ticks me off is that Pakistan was hiding him the whole time. A bunch of back stabbers. You can not tell me they didn't know he was there.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  5. Dan

    Rest assured, he is NOT rotting. He will suffer in the bowels of Hell for all eternity. No relief for him.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  6. Steven

    so they confirmed that he is dead but they have not actually tested the DNA...and they already got rid of the body????!!!! WOW!!! Real smooth

    May 2, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  7. Steven

    it's just like the one video they released of the pentagon on 9/11 when there were cameras rolling all over in every corner of that building and the confiscated video from surrounding buildings which has never been released...

    May 2, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  8. Steven

    Come on you guys everything that is being reported just makes this more ridiculous! A photo of the body has been taken...I hope the professionals that performed an autopsy which is supposed to be conducted when a murder takes place took more than just one photo....and it definitely should be released and thoroughly examined by a trained to be sure that it is not a faked image. It wouldn't be the first time...

    May 2, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  9. Dan from Chicago, IL

    For all peace loving freedom lovers of the world the USA has brought justice to those who fight against it and God will never let him forget his murderous campaign of terror and all who follow him will forever burn in hell along with him!

    May 2, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  10. Carmella

    I agree with Alex1992 we saw no body, but were told it was buried at sea. I should have thought someone would have wanted to see that body and identify it without question. I hold my reserve in the fact we have been lied to so many times by our government. I support our troops but they are not our government. God bless all or our troops.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  11. Norodin Alonto Lucman

    The death of Osama bin Laden brings closure to the pains and great loss to humanity as a result of the 9/11 attacks. Muslims, Jews and Christians worldwide can heave a sigh of relief at the passing of a man who instigated divisions and violence among tribes, communities and nations. Pres. Barack Hussein Obama should rightly fight for what is right.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  12. Tolu

    Osama is dead. Millions of his clones abound. Its naïve to rejoice – the war on terrorism has not been won. If anything, we will expect anarchy. With each protege sect attempting to out do the other.


    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  13. Alex1992

    Why is everyone celebrating?? did we saw a body?! i bet this was just another failed US operation but they had to fake it out because they realised that they will never find him! Show the body then we will believe that you'v finaly did it!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 5:54 am |
  14. JJJ

    The garden of humanity is a little bit more beautiful this morning—a small measure of tranquility restored to its majestic tapestry—and at last we are all quiet in harmony. If tomorrow’s blooms are the seeds of yesterday, then today we can rejoice.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:46 am |