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Usama bin Laden Reported Killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan

Osama bin Laden, accused of leading the worst-ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil on September 11, 2001, has been reported killed. The United States has possession of the body. President Barack Obama began speaking about the news from the White House at 11:36 p.m. CDT.


A unnamed source had leaked that Osama bin Laden (also known as Usama bin Laden) had been killed in a ground operation, not a Predator drone (UAV) attack — possibly outside of Islamabad, Pakistan.

“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.”

— President Barack Obama

Then President Barack Obama announced that a small team of American military personnel engaged in a firefight in Pakistan killed Osama bin Laden and took possession of his body. The firefight took place in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Barack Obama reported that no Americans were harmed in the operation. He also stated that the operation was carried out today. Apparently the order was executed by President Barack Obama on Friday, April 29, 2011.

The most significant advance in fighting terrorism.

— President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama spoke of a lead that developed last August and approved an operation that was carried out. The head of the ISI met with the CIA about one week ago.

There are reports from multiple sources that Osama bin Laden was staying in a mansion or a compound. The compound was built five years ago, and it appeared that the compound was custom-built to house Osama bin Laden.

There are reports that no Americans of the strike team were harmed. However, there are reports that one of four helicopters was shot down and/or experienced a hard landing and was destroyed. The incident occurred as the helicopters were departing from a Pakistan air base or the targeted compound where bin Laden was staying. The Deccan Herald reports new channels showing a burning helicopter on the empty lawn of the compound near Abbottabad, surrounded by security forces.

Large crowds have gathered outside the White House chanting USA! USA! …

Governments around the world have been urged to take extra security precautions to prepare for retaliation by radical terrorists.


Partial clip screen capture from the official FBI website — fbi.gov.

FBI WANTED SYNOPSIS FOR USAMA BIN LADEN
Murder of U.S. Nationals Outside the United States; Conspiracy to Murder U.S. Nationals Outside the United States; Attack on a Federal Facility Resulting in Death

REWARD: The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Usama Bin Laden. An additional $2 million is being offered through a program developed and funded by the Airline Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association.

Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world.

Bin Laden is left-handed and walks with a cane.


Most wanted terrorists on the FBI official website (Osama bin Laden has been on the most wanted list since before September 11, 2001). fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists


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Close up satellite view of Abbottabad, Pakistan.


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Middle range view of region around Abbottabad.


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Map of Abbottabad, Pakistan — north of Islamabad.

In Abbottabad is the headquarters and the location of permanent military stations of a brigade in the Second Division of the Northern Army Corps.

See also …
Deccan Herald Helicopter crash near site of US operations against bin Laden

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