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.