Compiled by MCJ Staff
Saying “justice has been done,” President Barack Obama announced Sunday the killing of 911 mastermind Osama bin Laden in a fierce firefight with U.S. Special Forces in a Pakistan compound where he was living.
During a surprise announcement Sunday night, President Obama told the American people—and the world—that members of a U.S. Navy SEAL team had killed the 54-year-old terrorist leader, a member of his immediate family and several members of his inner-circle in an affluent military town called Abbottabad, located 30 miles from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.
The terrorist leader was reportedly shot in the head. Once his identity was confirmed he was buried at sea.
Bin Laden’s death in a mansion within the reportedly large compound, was far away from where many anti-terrorism and military experts believed he was—in a remote region along the Pakistani-Afghan border.
Bin Laden’s death comes almost 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York and Washington, D.C. where members of his terrorist organization al-Qaeda hijacked three passenger plans, crashing two of them into New York’s World Trade Center and one plane into the Pentagon in D.C. A fourth plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field after its passengers fought with terrorists for control of the plane.
From that fateful day forward, Bin Laden was the most wanted man in U.S. law enforcement and U.S. State Department history; becoming a symbol for terrorism throughout the world.
The news of Bin Laden’s death was met with jubilation by Americans all across the country who mobbed the streets of major cities such as New York—the site of the most devastating attack on American soil in modern times– Chicago and Washington D.C. where college students came out en masse in front of the White House as soon as they heard the news, chanting “U-S-A!” “U-S-A!” “U-S-A-!” and singing the National Anthem.
The action was also praised by U.S. lawmakers, a number of world leaders and terrorism experts.
Sources for this Story: The New York Times website and USA Today.