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Obama: Bin Laden killed in firefight today

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President Obama just said the American CIA operation that killed al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan took place today. He said no Americans were hurt or killed in the firefight.

He also said the first lead on bin Laden’s location came last August. “Justice has been done,” Obama said.

UPDATE: Obama said that shortly after taking office, he ordered CIA Director Leon Panetta to make killing or capturing bin Laden the top priority of the United States’ war against al Qaida.

The first possible lead that bin Laden was hiding in a compound deep inside Pakistan “was far from certain, and took many months to run this thread to ground,” Obama said. Last week, Obama decided the information was solid enough to authorize action against the terrorist leader. A small team of Americans killed bin Laden in a firefight in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and retrieved his body.

“The American people did not choose this fight,” Obama said. “It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens.”

The revelation that bin Laden had been hiding in Pakistan for some time is likely to raise international tensions. But Obama stressed that bin Laden could not have been found without Pakistan’s counterterrorism support.

Andrew Medici contributed to this report.

Comments

  1. MIke D Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Thank the Lord, and as a former US Navy vetran, the Seals of team 6!! Way to go! You can run but you can’t hide. This President did the right thing, and although I’m not a Dem, I applaud him! He had guts and got it done! The world is rid of the worst terrorist since Hitler. Those that follow him take heed, your fate awaits you…….You’ll hear them coming at the last second just like bin-laden did. A great day for America.

  2. cordova Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    It’s better if you get the name right. It is really “Usama bin Laden”. He does not have the same name as the likeable Obama.

  3. Stephen Losey Says:
    May 10th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    @cordova: Thanks for your comment, but I didn’t mix up Pres. Obama and bin Laden’s name. In newspaper headline style, the colon is shorthand for ‘said,’ as in, “Obama said bin Laden killed in firefight.”