THE LATEST: Osama bin Laden is dead

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Submitted: Mon, 05/02/2011 - 1:30pm
Updated: Mon, 05/02/2011 - 5:56pm

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI has updated its list of Most Wanted terrorists to note that Osama bin Laden is dead. Its website – with details about bin Laden and the $27 million being offered in rewards – now includes a large red-and-white “deceased” label atop bin Laden’s photograph.

Nine other highly sought after terrorists are still included on the FBI’s list, including bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri. The U.S. government also is offering a $25 million reward for information leading to his capture or conviction. Private groups had added $2 million in rewards on top of the $25 million bounty
placed on bin Laden.

A decade on the run ended in sudden and spectacular fashion for Osama bin Laden, the face of global
terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Elite American forces descended on a compound in Pakistan in helicopters, killing bin Laden and three other men, along with a woman being used as a human shield. There were no U.S. casualties.

President Barack Obama announced the operation, saying “Justice has been done.” Cheering crowds gathered at the White House and at ground zero in Manhattan.

Bin Laden’s body was quickly buried at sea and Obama said the remains had been handled in accordance with Islamic custom, which requires speedy burial.

The greatest terrorist threat to the U.S. is now considered to be al-Qaida in Yemen.

Long believed to be hiding in caves, Osama bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hideout not far from a Pakistani military academy.

An American official says the compound that was built in 2005 has 12 to 18-foot walls topped with barbed wire with two security gates, and there’s no telephone or Internet service connected to it.

The compound is located in a city that is home to three army regiments and thousands of military personnel. Abbottabad is surrounded by hills, with mountains in the distance.

The location raised pointed questions of whether Pakistani authorities knew the whereabouts of the world’s most wanted man.

Officials say one key to the stunning end to the world’s most widely-watched manhunt was a courier trusted by
Osama bin Laden.

In November, intelligence officials found out the courier was living in a huge fortified compound in Pakistan. The officials concluded bin Laden was there.

A top al-Qaida ideologue has promised revenge for the killing of militant leader Osama Bin Laden by U.S. forces in the first jihadist admission of his death.

The commentator, going by the online name “Assad al-Jihad2″ posted Monday on extremist websites a long eulogy for bin Laden and promised to “avenge the killing of the Sheik of Islam.”

He also announced that anyone thinking the jihad had ended just had to “wait a little bit.”

Militant websites regularly post long interviews with al-Jihad2 on the protocols of waging holy war and he is often used to resolve questions of doctrine.

U.S. forces raided bin Laden’s heavily guarded compound in a suburb of Pakistan’s capital late Sunday, killing him, his son and several associates.

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30 Comments on "THE LATEST: Osama bin Laden is dead"

2015 years 8 months ago

Did an absolutely awesome job in bringing justice to the American people. He IS the Commander in Chief. And the decision to act or not to act was totally his call. Had the job went sour.. would you haters blame the Navy Seals or President Obama??? But b/c the job went as planned without a hitch, no credit goes to the sitting President??? You haters should all be thrown into the sea right along with Bin Laden. This is a very historic moment not only for this country, but for others as well. Osama tortured and killed thousands of muslims as well. This is a victory for the world. Very emotional one at that. I cried for the families that lost loved ones. Thinking about what this really meant to them. Some families can have closure and move on with thier lives. What kind of people are you to come on this board and belittle the President and make this about the republicans vs the democrats?? Great Job Mr. President!

Since you guys want to make this political. Let me say this.. I look forward to casting my vote for Pres. Obama in 2012!!

2015 years 8 months ago

….Osama was a bigger threat to this country than Obama.

Knocking down the World Trade Center was small potatoes compared to Obama’s war on Capitalism, free enterprise, and individual success.

2015 years 8 months ago

Its getting there but President Obama is cleaning up Bush’s messes..Osama is dead, the economy is next..give him 3 years and he will clean up 8 years of total blunders from the reign of terror we were held under when Bush was President..I have to say though, some of the remarks coming out of the republican camps this morning are just asinide..From Congressman Cantor: “Nearly a decade ago, in the days after 9/11, President Bush said, ‘Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.’ Tonight, we’ve learned that justice has been done. The man with the blood of more than 3,000 Americans on his hands, the man who forced us to begin to think the unthinkable – is now dead…I cant believe this moron is giving credit to Bush..

2015 years 8 months ago

I think YOU are the moron. Barack Obama is MUSLIM. This was done by our finest, NOT Obama. If he had his way, he would be king instead of president. Do you only read the democratic press? Are you really that ignorant?

2015 years 8 months ago

Those publications are known to lean to the left. Talk about living in a bubble…Geeez

2015 years 8 months ago

No I only read newspapers but I couldnt tell you any of their names but I can tell you that I do read newspapers..(Sarah Palin)..and you ask me do I only read democratic press?

As a democrat, I read all kinds of news press for example, NY Times, USA Today, NewsWeekly..I could go on but that would be misleading as I must be ignorant for stating my love for my President!!

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 8 months ago

“I have visited all 57 states” Obama!! Yes everyone makes verbal blunders. The credit for the killing of Osama goes to the Navy Seals. The military in other words, the ones in the sand box, not the ones in the white house. I am guessing in 2012 everything will still be Bush’s fault? So we should vote Obama back in because he is just cleaning up the mess before him? Stop with the BS. Two years into this and what is our economy looking like? How much in debt did our current leader put us in? I would bet good money if he were still in office in six years and the country was still a mess it would be Bush’s fault. That crap gets old.

2015 years 8 months ago

Dear lover of Presidente I And II,

Do yourself a big Favor, read The Wall Street Journal instead.

2015 years 8 months ago

Im sorry. but I think president Obama had a lot to do with the capture. Like you sayed if he wouldn’t have gave the O.K. They would not have captured him. But President Obamam made a plan that worked

2015 years 8 months ago

Everytime I meant to say “Obama” today, it came out, “Osama” instead.
Ironic, huh?

Watch this Thursday at Ground Zero, when Obama shows up to glorify his sudden leadership skillset.

We owe our debt of gratitude to the Navy Seals, the entire military and our CIA operatives. A job well done. More to come from the Roots of George W. Bush.

2015 years 8 months ago

This was a result of the CIA, the military and the wonderful Navy Seals. All Obama did was give the okay to go after him. His ‘boots’ never touched ground over there.

2015 years 8 months ago

All of you people who are thrilled because Obama was in office when this happened are such an inspiration on the way I will never wish to be. Be proud for your country and leave the sports-like cheering for a political party out of this. Do you think Osama’s last thoughts were, “Oh no, the Democrats are coming for me!” When it comes to terrorism, this isn’t a basketball game, the democrats and the republicans are not playing against each other, and Osama’s death isn’t the final shot at the buzzer. Expand your thought process or stay away from the polls come election time.

2015 years 8 months ago

You would have been all over this site “hoohahing” it up for him..get republicans are mad because your administration drag your feet in everything you do, even catching the person responsible for 9/11..who by the way wasnt in Iraq..

Guest 1
2015 years 8 months ago

This is GREAT news, BUT is this really going to help? This won’t end the war. This won’t bring our troops home. In my opinion things will probably get worse now. He is now a martyr, and they will be mad because we killed him. He was like a god to them. How can we fight a war when we don’t know who the enemy is? Is there really any difference in a radical muslim and a conservative muslim? Do the conservatives not obey the same beliefs and religion as the radicals? I go to church with people that are more out spoken than I am. They are more radical and get involved in everything that comes around be it right or wrong. But we both believe in the same God, and the same Jesus, and the same Bible. Does this mean that under the right circumstances I won’t join in with them when the time is right? Of course it doesn’t, because I probably would. This is how I see most muslims too. Their religion teaches what it teaches and sooner or later most of them will join in with the so called radicals too, especially under the right circumstances. So how do you fight an enemy like this, especially when our president has such close knit ties with this religion and mentality, and when our government officials want to appease their every whim.

Frank Morehead
2015 years 8 months ago

Thanks you guys!!

2015 years 8 months ago

How convient that this should come on the heels of the controversary Birth Certificate. Sure took the heat of the President. Got the Nation’s attention away from the Birth Certificate. I will believe Bin Laden is dead when we actually see his body. Morbid??? Maybe but I feel the Nation, the US has that right. Otherwise, it could be anyone. Why does the US have custody of his body? I am not the only one asking these questions or feeling these thoughts. I have many many friends expressing these same questions. They do not believe he is dead. DNA???? they say???? They say anything can be said. Who is going to question DNA???? Our President has two goals they say. One…he has to get the heat off him with this Birth Certificate and two…he wants to be re-elected. These are the concerns being brought to me and I am just the messenger.

Guest Apu
2015 years 8 months ago

There is no heat on him regarding the birth certificate. To the satisfaction of most able-minded Americans, this was never an issue. Don’t you think the RNC would have been screaming foul years ago if this was a legitimate issue? Only the right-wing nut-cases were were keeping this issue alive. And the President finally got tired of it and made them eat their words.

And you can bet that photos, and some other sort of independent verication will be released shortly, as always happens. Did you express the same doubts when the U.S. captured Saddam Hussein? Or when Ahmed Sheikh was captured? I doubt it. You are just looking for a reason to criticize a president you don’t support, even when the U.S. wins a victory against its’ enemies. I guess I’ll take a cue from the playbook of Dubya’s supporters and say that if you don’t support Obama in a time of war, you’re unpatriotic.

Just be happy that U.S forces killed the person responsible for 9-11 and leave partisan politics out of it for once in a row.

2015 years 8 months ago

If, (as in the O.J. trial), it isn’t 100% PROVEN that it is Osama’s D.N.A., should we acquit? I mean, be suspicious?

Good thing they are comparing the DNA to his dead sister’s brain.

(No wonder there are conspiracy theories), although I do think We GOT HIM, but the TIMING was really incredible, on the heels of the president’s low approval rating and the beginning of the pressure to raise the Debt Ceiling fight about to be underway.

Nancy, Don’t be satisfied to be the messenger. Read and pay attention to the News. Think about Leadership and realize that when the heat was on and people said that Obama didn’t possess leadership qualities, he miraculously executed a shift in staff last Wednesday, and took binladen out on Sunday. Amazing!

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m not going to believe it until they release Bin Laden’s Long Form Death Certificate.

Guest aPU
2015 years 8 months ago

Go home Donald!

2015 years 8 months ago

I think you meant that as a joke, if you did it was excellent. Send it to Kimmel or Conan. Very funny!

2015 years 8 months ago

…he authorized the SEALS to shoot those Somali pirates…..though I’m still not sure why that one even required presidential involvement. The on-scene commnader should have authorized that one.

Anyway, good job by all involved INCLUDING President Obama.

One down, only Zawahri and about twenty-million more of the lunatics to go….and killing this hairball is going to whip them into a frenzy!

2015 years 8 months ago

You contradicted yourself. Obama authorized, yes, but there was no performance on his part. The CIA and the SEALs did the performing. Give the credit where it is due, and not some hollow politician.

2015 years 8 months ago

Did we bury the decicit at sea too? Is unemployment gone with it? Gas and food prices are higher than ever and your taxes and fees are going up too. Oh, but Obama got Bin Laden from behind his desk or the golf course. Navy Seals had nothing to do with it, it was all Obama. He gets the credit. Funny how that body will never be seen since they dumped it at sea so quickly…

2015 years 8 months ago

must have been tough for the president to make
the call to kill one of his own

2015 years 8 months ago

How slow and pitiful the memories are these days! How is it that you have forgotten this has been going along for a very long time? Your dear President Bill Clinton had the responsibility AND the opportunity to get this vermin off the face of this earth, but just let it go…

Do you remember the first bombing of the WTC? Do you remember the bombing of the USS Cole? Do you remember Somalia? I won’t go any further as it is apparent you DON’T! If Clinton had used the ample opportunity he had to eradicate this terrorist years ago, 3000+ innocent US citizens would likely be alive today!!!

Brush up on your history before throwing knives there Kilroy! You can catch up on the last 20 years with a couple of nights reading and won’t appear so…well, I’ll be nice and say, uninformed.

2015 years 8 months ago

how about Reagan giving weapons and training to this nut job and actually quoted Osama as a Freedom fighter..Bush was in the wrong country for God sakes looking for him and you sitting here blaming Clinton?? I guess my history stinks because I know that if we hadnt put the weapons and training in his hand in the first place, osama would have been irrevelant in this day and time!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Tit for tat, back and forth. It never ends. We used Afghans for a proxy war with Russia, just as Russia did with the North Vietnamese. We also trained Timothy McVeigh, should we blame a president for that? Whether or not he was given arms had no outcome on his hate for the Western world. He was a radical. Training and weapons didn’t turn him into one.
When Bin Laden was actually committing terrorism against us, Clinton was in office and had the chance to eliminate him. I don’t give a rat’s bottom about politics, you can have it all day long. The facts are the facts. Try to use logic when trying to put forth your next point.

2015 years 8 months ago

Carter placed several requirements upon the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission that contributed to its failure. His “military experience” led him to conclude that the mission needed his finishing touches – remarkably similar to Hitler trying to run the military in WW II.

I can’t stand Obama and pray to God the he’s a one term president. That said, he is the Commander-in-Chief. When the team wins, the general manager gets credit. Remember, simply approving this bold mission was better performance than I would have expected from him.

2015 years 8 months ago

Obama should have given his speech from the deck of an aircraft carrier.