Osama bin Laden dead, confirms US President
Mon, 02 May 2011 2:33p.m.
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By James Murray and staff
Osama bin Laden has been killed following a US operation in Pakistan, President Barack Obama confirmed today in an unscheduled press conference.
Obama determined last week that he had enough intelligence to act and authorised an operation to kill Bin Laden.
At his direction the United States launched an operation against Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
"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," he said.
A Pakistani television station is now showing footage which purports to be the scene of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound.
The President broke into regular programming for the announcement and finished with a moving message for the families of 9/11 victims.
“Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. We have never forgotten your loss nor waivered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores. Tonight let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has at times frayed, yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people."
There are hundreds of people outside the White House, where jubilant crowds are cheering and chanting "USA. USA". Others are singing the 'Star Spangled Banner'.
Former US President George W. Bush - who originally launched the worldwide hunt for Bin Laden - has released a statement about his death saying:
“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 fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
Mr Bush was president when terror attacks were carried out on New York and Washington. Bin Laden was widely believed to be responsible for the attacks.
The former president says Obama called him earlier to inform him about the successful operation.
Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk sought to pour water on the news saying bin Laden's death was "pretty irrelevant" when compared to the current popular uprisings occurring in the Middle East.
"I've been saying for some time that I think whether he's dead or
not is pretty irrelevent," said the Middle East correspondent for
British newspaper The Independent.
"As far as he's concerned he founded Al Qaeda and that was in his eyes his achievement."
The highly-experienced and well-regarded journalist said Osama Bin Laden "never was, and
certainly wasn't recently, in a position to actually decide what Al
Qaeda was doing".
"He didn't sit in a cave with computer knobs saying press button b, it's operation 52."
New Zealand politicians have also commented on the news, Labour Leader Phil Goff saying the world was a "better place" without Bin Laden.
"I have absolutely zero tolerance for terrorists who kill innocent people in pursuit of the ideological goals," said Mr Goff.
Bin Laden was top of the US most-wanted list and accused of masterminding several major terrorist operations including the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.
He has been hunted by US forces for almost a decade.
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24/05/2011 8:06:19 p.m.
How many seals died in the crashed chopper? When are the seal getting their medals for this heroic exercise, The whole story is made up to make war with Pakistan, to hide the Obama birth FAKE certificate, To distract from the imploding world economy, To further enforce the police state when all hell breaks loose.
5/05/2011 11:20:46 p.m.
One word from Obama "World War Three" Woops another lie.
4/05/2011 4:55:38 p.m.
justice?###how about japan's THE EMPEROR HIROHITO who killed 30 millions chinese and other inocents.justice?????
4/05/2011 10:54:30 a.m.
What is wrong with you people? Saying you's are glad that somebodies dead? i hope you's are not all religious because you wouldn't deserve that judgement that you's place on here.. Nobody should be wanting too see him dead.. You just should be glad there's one less terrorist around but always be aware of the others.. you are being low-minded if you think this is a celebration? A death isn't something to be proud of.. what if your best friend, family member close/distance, what if they all of a sudden placed a bomb anywhere they wanted? What would you do..? Be proud when they die? NO. Dont go around saying oh im glad this and that persons dead.. & dont say because one person from a certain race has did too much wrong that there shouldnt be any of that race at all.. look at your criminal history of your own race? Dont place other peoples existance for one persons wrong & do not blame them if they end up the same way.. Just teach them another way.. dont kill'em.. Wish people around the world came up with better solutions rather than killing heaps of people.. faar out.
4/05/2011 6:52:19 a.m.
David Forsyth, I suspect they're here to witness a display of hyperbolic hysteria and vilification - good show. Millions of them do live in western nations and they haven't done anything wrong, so the idea that they should all be watched "day and night" is ludicrous. I never understand people who are capable of making a distinction amongst certain groups, but not others. Some Indonesian Muslim is no more responsible for Bin Laden than an Italian Catholic is for the IRA. Muslims are not a monolith.
4/05/2011 3:28:27 a.m.
David Forsyth wrote:
There will be 1000s of young muslims to take his position, muslims in all western nations should be watched day and night, including in their so called places of prayer "mosques".Muslims are very antiwest and I wonder why they are here at all?
3/05/2011 6:43:11 p.m.
Documentary - "Who Speaks for Islam?" gives the opportunity to hear rarely-heard Muslim voices, including Shaykh Muhammad Tantawi, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the first prominent Shaykh to speak out against Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. It explores Islam in an age when Muslim extremists are laying claim to the religion. Veteran NPR and PBS journalist, Ray Suarez, hosts a provocative roundtable discussion with American Muslim scholars and, via satellite, Mike Scheuer (AKA "Anonymous"), author of Imperial Hubris and a former CIA expert who has followed fundamentalist Islamic movements for a decade. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Founder of the Zaytuna Institute, a center of Islamic education in California. Shaykh Hamza has an international following through his television program, Rihla (Journey) on the Middle East Broadcast Corporation (MBC) based in Dubai, UAE. Hatem Bazian, Ph.D, is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
To watch please visit - http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1239
3/05/2011 4:40:39 p.m.
Fred:Were Osama's body to have appeared, it would provide a tangible sign of his death and also a potent set of images for those radical Sunni Muslims who espouse his philosophy and might consider him a martyr. Not a good idea.
3/05/2011 12:46:52 p.m.
OMG I am at a loss to understand how some of you can be that stupid into thinking the death of an idol is the end of terror... Its called a cell vacuum and another person has already been groomed for this position. Our biggest threat to world instability is the US!! RIP Osama...
3/05/2011 10:53:43 a.m.
isabel witty wrote:
jihad is still "on the move"...
"Memo: "turkish delight and grannymints."
Isabel.( telepathy, 1970s-2011) ~~~***~~~
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