Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind and leader of the horrific terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001. FBI and CIA officials have been looking for almost a decade to capture this man. Finally, justice has been served to help give peace to all those whose loved ones were killed on that fateful day.
From The Associated Press:
Declaring the killing of Osama bin Laden “a good day for America,” President Barack Obama said Monday the world was safer without the al-Qaida terrorist and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. His administration used DNA testing to help confirm that American forces in Pakistan had in fact killed bin Laden, as U.S. officials sought to erase all doubt about the stunning news.
A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden went down firing at the Navy SEALs who stormed his compound.
“Today we are reminded that as a nation there is nothing we can’t do,” Obama said of the news bound to lift his political standing and help define his presidency. He hailed the pride of those who broke out in overnight celebrations as word spread around the globe.
An elite crew of American forces killed bin Laden during a daring raid on Monday, capping the world’s most intense manhunt, a search that spanned nearly a decade.
Bin Laden was shot in the head during a firefight and then quickly buried at sea. White House officials were mulling the merits and appropriateness of releasing a photo.
“We can all agree this is a good day for America,” a subdued Obama said during a Medal of Honor ceremony in the glimmering White House East Room.
Officials say CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons developed the first strands of information that ultimately led to the killing of bin Laden.
The military operation that ended his life took mere minutes and there were no U.S. casualties.
“We have rid the world of the most infamous terrorist of our time,” CIA director Leon Panetta declared to employees of the agency in a memo Monday morning. He warned that “terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge” the killing of a man deemed uncatchable. “Bin Laden is dead. Al-Qaida is not,” Panetta said.
In all, nearly 3,000 were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks.
As news of bin Laden’s death spread, hundreds of people cheered and waved American flags at ground zero in New York, the site where al-Qaida hijacked jets toppled the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Thousands celebrated all night outside the White House gates.
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[Source: Associated Press, Kimberly Dozier and David Espo]
The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. Psalm 9:16