U.S. troops kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan
Osama Bin Laden, seen in an undated photo, attending a meeting with a Kalashnikov on his lap in an undisclosed place.
May 2nd, 2011
11:11 PM ET

U.S. troops kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan

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[Updated 10:01 p.m. ET] CNN's Chris Lawrence explains, step by step, the raid that killed Osama bin Laden early Monday at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan:

[Updated 9:30 p.m. ET] Addressing a group of congressional leaders at the White House this evening, President Barack Obama said that when Americans learned of Osama bin Laden's death, "I think we experienced the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11."

"We were reminded again that there is a pride in what this nation stands for and what we can achieve that runs far deeper than party, far deeper than politics," Obama said. "I want to again recognize the heroes who carried out this incredibly dangerous mission as well as all the military and counterterrorism professionals who made the mission possible.”


THE OPERATION: Attack details | Timeline | In plain sight | The compound Video
THE REACTION:
U.S. | World | Middle East  | Healing wounds | Your thoughts
THE MAN:
Bin Laden, over the years | Face of terror | Ideology lives on| His life Video
THE SECURITY ISSUES
: What's next for al Qaeda | A deathblow to al Qaeda?
THE POLITICS:
A victory for Obama, U.S. | Re-election impact?
THE ANNOUNCEMENT
: Obama: Justice done | Watch Video | Transcript

THE PAKISTANIS: What did Pakistan know?Pakistan's role? Video 


[Updated 9:10 p.m. ET] A senior U.S. official says that the woman who has killed during the raid on the compound where Osama bin Laden was found was not a wife of bin Laden, and that she may not have been used as a human shield as previously reported. A wife was there, according to an official, but not killed.

Earlier Monday, John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, told reporters that it was his understanding that the woman who was killed was one of bin Laden's wives. Other officials had said that the woman who died was used as a human shield in an attempt to protect bin Laden.

[Updated 8:48 p.m. ET] Time magazine contributor Omar Waraich says he spoke to Sohaib Athar, an Abbottabad resident and software engineer who unknowingly reported, on Twitter, details of Monday morning's raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Athar had written on Twitter that, among other things, he was hearing a helicopter hovering above Abbottabad.

"When he found out (the commotion was because of) Osama bin Laden, he said to me it was quite ironic," Waraich told CNN's John King. "He said he had left his native city of Lahore, the second largest city in Pakistan, for the quiet of Abbottabad so he could escape suicide bombings and the sounds of explosions rattling his home and frightening himself and his wife. And he said the ultimate irony was that (in) this quiet place he'd moved to, he had found Osama bin Laden as a neighbor.”

[Updated 8:27 p.m. ET] A Time magazine contributor says people with whom he spoke in Abbottabad - the Pakistani city where Osama bin Laden was found and killed early Monday - seemed surprised at the news that the al Qaeda leader had been there.

"When they found out that it was Osama bin Laden in (the compound), expressions just ranged from varying degrees of incredulity," Time contributor Omar Waraich told CNN's John King.

Waraich said people he spoke to in Abbottabad seemed neither ecstatic nor saddened that United States forces had killed bin Laden.

"In fact, Osama bin Laden seemed a bit of a mystery to them throughout the time that they’ve heard of him. They had heard, they said, that he was in Pakistan, but they didn't imagine where, and certainly if they thought he would be in Pakistan, he would be in the tribal areas, some distance away from them," Waraich said.

[Updated 7:28 p.m. ET] More details about Monday morning's raid that killed Osama bin Laden at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, according to a U.S. official: Four helicopters were involved in the operation, but not all were on the ground.

About two dozen commandos were involved in the operation on the ground, the U.S. official said.

Officials don't know how long bin Laden was at the compound, which was completed in 2005, but they believe it was built especially for him, the U.S. official said. The U.S. intelligence community never saw bin Laden in or around the compound before the raid, according to the official.

[Updated 7:15 p.m. ET] U.S. forces shot Osama bin Laden first in the chest, and then in the head during Monday morning's raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a senior U.S. administration official said, according to CNN's Ed Henry. Previously, CNN had reported that bin Laden was shot only in the head.

[Updated 7:12 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama will travel to New York City on Thursday to visit the site of the former World Trade Center and meet with families of those who died in the September 11 attacks, a senior White House official said.

[Updated 6:02 p.m. ET] A U.S. official said multiple options were considered before settling on the assault that killed Osama bin Laden early Monday at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

"A bombing would not have risked American lives but it might have left questions" as to whether bin Laden was killed, the official said. National security officials widely agreed "the best option is the one that gives proof," the official said.

A U.S. official says the United States' codename for bin Laden was "Geronimo." [Edit, 8:55 p.m. ET]: A senior administration official said later that "Geronimo" was code for the act of capturing or killing bin Laden, not the man himself.

[Updated 5:54 p.m. ET] The United Nations Security Council "welcomes the news on May 1, 2011, that Osama bin Laden will never again be able to perpetrate ... acts of terrorism, and reaffirms that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or group," the Security Council's current president, French ambassador Gerard Araud, said during a council session in New York on Monday.

"The Security Council recognizes this critical development and other accomplishments made in the fight against terrorism and urges all states to remain vigilant and intensify their efforts in the fight against terrorism," Araud said.

[Updated 5:35 p.m. ET] More from this afternoon's media briefing by John Brennan, President Barack Obama's adviser on homeland security and counterterrorism: When asked whether the U.S. forces who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden picked up any documentation in the compound, Brennan said the Americans took time to "acquire whatever material we thought was appropriate and what was needed."

"We are in the process right now of looking at whatever might have been picked up," Brennan said. "But I'm not going to go into details about what might have been acquired. We feel as though this is a very important time to continue to prosecute this effort against al Qaeda, take advantage of the success of yesterday, and to continue to work to break the back of al Qaeda."

[Updated 4:38 p.m. ET] U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Monday afternoon that news of Osama bin Laden's death "unified our country in much the same way" that the September 11 attacks did.

"Our fight for freedom and liberty around the globe continues. We face a complex and dangerous threat even today. It’s important that we remain vigiliant in our efforts to defeat terrorist enemies and to protect the American people. This makes our engagements in Pakistan and Afghanistan more important, not less," Boehner said.

"I want to congratulate and thank the hard-working men and women of the United States armed services," Boehner added. "I want to thank all of those involved in the intelligence community for their tireless efforts and perseverance that led to this successful evening. I also want to commend President Obama and President Bush for all their efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice."

[Updated 4:10 p.m. ET] The United States expects that a recording from Osama bin Laden - made before he was killed, with the intention that his supporters would distribute it upon his death - will be released, a U.S. official has told CNN.

[Updated 3:34 p.m. ET] John Brennan, President Barack Obama's adviser on homeland security and counterterrorism, says it's his understanding that a woman who was used as a human shield in an attempt to protect Osama bin Laden was one of bin Laden's wives.

Officials have said that a woman who was used as a shield by a male combatant was one of four people besides bin Laden who were killed during U.S. forces' assault on a compound early Monday in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Brennan said it is his understanding that the woman was one of bin Laden's wives, and that she "reportedly was used as a shield to shield bin Laden from the incoming fire."

[Updated 3:16 p.m. ET] Will anyone get the up to $25 million bounty that the United States had put on Osama bin Laden? CNNMoney's Ben Rooney looks into it.

[Updated 2:38 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser said Monday that the elimination of Osama bin Laden is "a strategic blow" to al Qaeda.

"It is a necessary but not necessarily sufficient blow to lead to its demise," said John Brennan, Obama's adviser on homeland security and counterterrorism.

[Updated 2:33 p.m. ET] President Obama and his top intelligence and military officials were able to monitor in a "real-time basis" the progress of the operation on Osama bin Laden's compound, the president's top counterterrorism adviser said.

"It was probably one of the most anxiety filled periods of time I think in the lives of the people who were assembled here yesterday. The minutes passed like days and the president was very concerned about the security of our personnel," John Brennan said. "That is what was on his mind throughout and we wanted to make sure that we would get through this and accomplish the mission. But it was clearly very tense. A lot of people holding their breath."

Brennan said "there was a tremendous sigh of relief" when they believed bin Laden was in fact at the compound.

[Updated 2:30 p.m. ET] A woman shielded Osama bin Laden from gunfire during the assault by U.S. forces, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser said Monday.

"There was a female who was in fact in the line of fire that reportedly was used as a shield to shield bin Laden from the incoming fire," said John Brennan, Obama's adviser on homeland security and counterterrorism.

Brennan said it was his understanding that bin Laden picked up a weapon and was killed in the firefight with the U.S. forces carrying out the assault.

"He was engaged in a firefight," Brennan said of bin Laden. "Whether or not he got off any rounds, I don't know."

[Updated 2:21 p.m. ET] The decision by President Barack Obama to launch the assault that killed Osama bin Laden was one of the "gutsiest" calls by any president in recent memory, Obama's top counterterrorism adviser said Monday.

John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, said that despite intelligence indicating that bin Laden was in the compound in Pakistan, there was no certainty the al Qaeda leader was actually there.

Obama "made what I believe was one of the ... gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory," Brennan said.

[Updated 2:08 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser said Monday that it was "inconceivable" that Osama bin Laden did not have some kind of support system in Pakistan that allowed him to live in hiding there.

John Brennan, the president's assistant on homeland security and counterterrorism, refused to speculate on what kind of support bin Laden might have received, or whether the Pakistani government or official Pakistani institutions had any role.

[Updated 1:39 p.m. ET] Officials compared DNA of the person killed at the Abbottabad compound with bin Laden "family DNA" to determine that the 9/11 mastermind had in fact been killed, a senior administration official said.

Four others in the compound also were killed. One of them was bin Laden's adult son, and another was a woman being used as a shield by a male combatant, officials said.

[Updated 12:39 p.m. ET] The compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces is located a bit more than 1,000 yards from a Pakistan Military Academy, raising some questions about how much information the Pakistan military may have had about his whereabouts.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, said during a press conference that the Pakistani army has "a lot of explaining to do."

[Updated 12:27 p.m. ET] Senior defense officials said that for a majority of the 40 minute operation at the Abbottobad compound, special forces were involved in a firefight - clearing their way through two other floors before they reached Osama bin Laden.

Bin Laden was not killed until the last five to ten minutes of the firefight, officials said.

Bin Laden and his family lived on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the 3-story building, and those floors were cleared last, the official said. The official says one of bin Laden’s own wives identified his body to U.S. forces, after the team made visual identification themselves.

U.S. forces also recovered what a senior Intelligence official is calling “quite a bit of material.”

“There’s a robust collection of materials we need to sift through, and we hope to find valuable intelligence that will lead us to other players in al Qaeda,"  a senior intelligence official said.

The official added a Task Force has been set up “because of the sheer volume of material collected. That material is currently being exploited and analyzed.”

[Updated 12:25 p.m. ET] A soldier in a special forces unit based in Georgia told CNN on Monday that while the news of Osama bin Laden’s death is cause for celebration, elite military units have sprang into high alert.

“A lot of guys got their security clearances elevated due to what happened last night,” said Lamont, who didn’t give his last name because of what he said were security reasons. “I lot of people got called back” overseas, he said, adding that his unit already was scheduled for deployment as early as two weeks ago.

[Updated 12:22 p.m. ET] Osama bin Laden's body was buried at sea according to Islamic law because no country was willing or able to take his body for burial on land, senior Defense officials said.

"When there is no land alternative, Islamic law dictates that the body be buried within 24 hours, and that was the basis," one official said. "

A second senior Defense official said there was no country willing or able to accept the body for burial, and U.S. forces "took pains to observe Muslim law."

"Today's religious rites were conducted on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian sea. The ceremony started at 1:10am and finished at 2:10am ET," the second official said. "Procedures for Islamic body were followed. The body was washed and placed in a white sheet. A military official read prepared remarks, which were then translated into Arabic by a native speaker. The body of Osama bin Laden was placed on a flat board, which was then tipped up, and allowed to slide into the sea."

[Updated 12:16 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama said Monday that he thinks "we can all agree this is a good day for America."

"Our country kept its commitment to see that justice is done," he said. The world, he said, is a better place because of the death of Osama bin Laden.

The successful operation to kill bin Laden reminds Americans that there is "nothing we can't do" when we work together, he said. That spirit, he said, is seen in the patriotic crowds that have gathered across the country.

"We're reminded that we're fortunate to have Americans who have dedicated their lives to protecting ours," he said. "As commander-in-chief, I could not be prouder."

[Updated 11:16 am. ET] A DNA match confirms Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. operation, a senior administration official told CNN Monday.

[Updated 11:09 am. ET] As the assault on bin Laden's compound commenced, the United States had a number of U.S. aircraft flying protective missions, according to a senior U.S. military official. None of the aircraft entered Pakistani airspace but they were prepared to do so if needed, the official told CNN.

These included fixed wing fighter jets that would have provided firepower if the team came under opposition fire it could not handle. There were also armed and unarmed Predator drones providing additional firepower as well as surveillance. The Air Force also had a full team of combat search and rescue helicopters including MH-53 Pave Low and HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters flying.

[Updated at 11:07 a.m.] Pakistanis passed along raw phone-tap data to the United States that eventually led to Osama bin Laden's killing, but they failed to analyze or interpret the information themselves, a Pakistani intelligence official told CNN.

The details of what Pakistanis did or didn't know or do about the daring American operation to kill bin Laden - from intelligence gathering to the execution of the raid - remained unclear Monday.

But the intelligence official said that information about bin Laden and the people in the compound where he stayed "slipped from" Pakistan's "radar" over the months.

The intelligence official said Pakistan regularly passed along intelligence of interest to Americans.

The official did not say over what period the data was collected, but noted that from September the United States "was concentrating on this."

He added that much of the focus was on a courier coming and going to the compound. He did not give the courier's nationality or name.

Osama bin Laden was not in contact with other militant networks while he was there and maintained "an invisible footprint," the official said.

Of the raid, he said, "I think they came in undetected and went out the same day."

He added Pakistan officials do not think there were any U.S. intelligence personnel on the ground ahead of the special operations forces.

[Updated 10:55 a.m. ET] A U.S. official disputed reports that bin Laden had altered his appearance to avoid recognition.

The official said Bin Laden was recognizable on scene. He was "not transformed somehow."

A visual ID was made, there were photo comparisons and other facial recognition used to identify him, the official said. A second official said that in addition to DNA there was full biometric analysis of facial and body features.

[Updated 10:50 a.m. ET] There was no indication bin Laden was going to surrender when the U.S. launched its operation, a U.S. official said.

"There was no evidence they tried to surrender," the official told CNN. “The order going in was to get UBL (Osama bin Laden)”

“All of the contingency planning was that we would encounter heavy resistance," the U.S. official said. "That is what we expected and what happened. Obviously if everybody had put there hands up and surrendered we would have taken them but that did not happen and we did not expect it.”

That assumption bore itself out, the official said.

“We encountered resistance upon entering the compound," CNN was told.

A second U.S. official says the president's order was always to capture or kill bin Laden. The second official said the assumption all along was there would be no surrender by the al Qaeda leader.

The official said that the mission was originally supposed to happen on Saturday, but would not discuss why it was delayed until Sunday.

[Updated 9:56 a.m. ET] Posters to some of the radical websites that bin Laden's terrorist network used to speak to the world celebrated him as a martyr and vowed the group will continue despite its leader's death.

"Congratulations for dying as a martyr and a fighter in the sake of Allah," one poster wrote.

"We won't cry today, but we will revenge. Men and women in America will cry." another post read, echoing warnings from Western leaders that the terrorist network will almost certainly move to avenge bin Laden's death.

The sites, frequented by radical Islamists who subscribed to bin Laden's philosophies, have played a significant role in attracting and radicalizing potential terror recruits and the broader radical Islamist community and have been frequently used by al Qaeda and its affiliates to broadcast statements.

Many of the posters reacting to bin Laden's death referred to him as a "shaheed," or martyr. One was headlined "The Lion of Jihad was killed in a fierce battle."

[Updated 9:56 a.m. ET]  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that the death of Osama bin Laden sends a message to the Taliban in Afghanistan that "you cannot wait us out. You cannot defeat us. But you can make the choice to abandon al Qaeda" and participate in a peaceful political process.

Bin Laden's death comes at a time of "great movements toward freedom and democracy" in the Middle East and elsewhere, she said.

"There is no better rebuke to al Qaeda and its heinous ideology," she said. "The fight continues and we will never waiver."

Some doubted bin Laden would ever be caught, she said, but "this is America. ... We persevere, and we get the job done."

[Updated 9:45 a.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that "Osama bin Laden is dead and justice has been done."

"I want to offer my thoughts and prayers" to families of those killed due to bin Laden's campaign of terror, she said.

His attacks showed "no value for human life or regard for human dignity," she said. But now "justice has been served."

Clinton offered thanks to military, diplomatic, and security officials who launched "broad, deep, very impressive effort" to hunt down bin Laden as part of the anti-terror campaign.

"We must take this opportunity to renew our resolve and redouble our effort" in Afghanistan and elsewhere, she said.

[Updated 9:19 a.m. ET] Terrorists "almost certainly will attempt to avenge" the death of Osama bin Laden, CIA Director Leon Panetta said in a message sent to agency employees.

[Updated 8:52 a.m. ET] The operation targeting Osama bin Laden was designed and executed as an operation to kill him, rather than to take him alive, a U.S. government official tells CNN.

[Updated 8:40 a.m. ET] Pakistan's ambassador to the United States said both countries "cooperated in making sure" that the operation leading to Osama bin Laden's death was "successful." Husain Haqqani told CNN's "American Morning" that President Barack Obama called Pakistan's president to thank him for Pakistan's cooperation.

[Updated, 8:12 a.m. ET] The operation that led to Osama bin Laden's death was American action, a Pakistani official told CNN. "We assisted only in terms of authorization of the helicopter flights in our airspace," said the official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the issue. "In any event, we did not want anything to do with such an operation in case something went wrong," the official said.

[Updated, 7:30 a.m. ET] A U.S. government official tells CNN that DNA matching is underway on the samples from the body of Osama bin Laden. The matching has not been completed, but there are photographs of the body with a gunshot wound to the side of the head that shows an individual that is not unrecognizable as bin Laden.

No decision has yet been made on whether to release the photographs and if so, when and how.

[Updated, 5:38 a.m. ET] For much of the world, Osama bin Laden was the face of al Qaeda. He was, after all, the man who oversaw the September 11, 2001, attacks.

With bin Laden gone, the question now becomes "What happens to al Qaeda?"

Within hours of bin Laden's death, questions began to emerge about who would take the helm of the organization and whether it would create an opportunity for other Islamic organizations to step up.

"Al Qaeda is weakened. But it doesn't mean that the United States has no challenges," Steven L. Spiegel, director for Middle East development at the University of California Los Angeles, said early Monday.

[Updated, 5:22 a.m. ET] Diana Massaroli, whose husband Michael was killed on September 11, 2001 when a jet plane slammed into the World Trade Center, said the death of bin Laden helped give her closure.

"I'm missing him, but I feel that justice has been done," she said at ground zero, the site where the World Trade Center once stood, holding a picture of Michael.

"I feel some overall calm that I haven't felt in 10 years. I never thought it would happen... never thought it would give me a feeling of closure," she said.

But, she added, "I feel better... like I can start a new chapter in my life."

[Updated, 3:36 a.m. ET] Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday he hopes the world believes that his country is "not the place of terrorism," hours after the United States announced that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in neighboring Pakistan.

"If the international troops are the true allies of Afghans, now they should come up to say that killing of the Afghans, women, children and elders was not a good idea in the last many years as it was happening on a daily basis," Karzai said on RTA TV.

[Updated, 3:12 a.m. ET] A U.S. official said that Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea.  The official said his body was handled in the Islamic tradition, but did not elaborate.

[Updated, 2:31 a.m. ET] U.S. officials said they used facial imaging and other methods to identify the body of Osama bin Laden.

One official said it was clear to the assault force that the body matched bin Laden's description, but they used "facial recognition work, amongst other things, to confirm the identity."

A senior national security official said that they had multiple confirmations that the body was bin Laden, saying they had the "ability to run images of the body and the face."

The national security official would not confirm if DNA testing was performed.

[Updated, 2:15 a.m. ET] The leader of an Afghanistan opposition party on Monday said the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden proves that Pakistan is a "haven" for terror groups.

U.S. forces killed bin Laden in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

"Killing of Osama bin Laden is pleasant news for Afghans, and now it's proven that al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are not based in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a haven for them," said Abdullah  Abdullah, the leader of the Hope and Change political party in Afghanistan.

[Updated, 1:56 a.m. ET] The United States' Department of Homeland Security did not immediately raise the terror-threat level in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death, a department official told CNN early Monday.

"We remain at a heightened state of vigilance.  Secretary (Janet) Napolitano has been clear since announcing the NTAS (National Terrorism Advisory System) in January that we will only issue alerts when we have specific or credible information to convey to the American public," the official said.

[Updated, 1:42 a.m. ET] Former President George W. Bush said of the death of Osama bin Laden:  "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."

[Updated, 1:36 a.m. ET] As news of bin Laden's death reached people via cell phones late Sunday, thousands of fans at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game chanted "USA! USA!" in the ninth inning of a Phillies-Mets game.

[Updated, 1:26 a.m. ET] A congressional source familiar with the operation that killed Osama bin Laden confirmed that the terror mastermind was shot in the head during the U.S. raid, according to a briefing the source received, CNN's Dana Bash reports.

The source would not go into details of others who were killed, except to say the operation was conducted carefully to avoid harming women and children.

Asked if there is any intelligence that shows whether bin Laden's death could trigger pre-planned attacks, the source said no, but added there is obvious concern about retaliation.

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[Updated, 1:14 a.m. ET] Video from Pakistan's Geo TV is showing a fire at what apparently is the Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound where U.S. President Barack Obama said a "small team of Americans" launched a firefight Sunday that resulted in Osama bin Laden's death.

Here is the video:

[Updated, 1:08 a.m. ET] Crowds continue to celebrate Osama bin Laden's death at the site of the former World Trade Center in New York and outside the White House in Washington.

One of the celebrants in New York, retired New York City police officer Bob Gibson, said he knew people who died in the September 11 attacks.

"I never thought this night would come, where we would actually capture or kill bin Laden, and thank the lord, he's been eliminated, to put it politely," Gibson told CNN's Jason Carroll. "A lot of us .. gave up. But it did come, and a lot of us are overjoyed that it happened."

[Updated, 12:54 a.m. ET] CNN's Chris Lawrence, citing U.S. officials, reports that the compound where bin Laden was found - in Abbotabad, Pakistan, about 100 kilometers outside Pakistan's capital of Islamabad - was three stories tall, and about eight times larger than any of the buildings around it.

An official said a "small U.S. team" was involved in the operation at the compound - the official would not confirm any U.S. military involvement. An official said bin Laden resisted the assault - and was killed in the firefight.

Three other men were killed in the firefight, and a woman being used as a human shield was also killed, the officials said. There were no U.S. casualties, the officials said. The U.S. team was at the compound for about 40 minutes, officials said.

A U.S. helicopter crashed during the raid because of mechanical reasons, an official said. It was destroyed, the officials said.

[Updated, 12:54 a.m. ET] A senior administration official told reporters that U.S. President Barack Obama's administration did not share intelligence gathered before the attack on bin Laden in Pakistan with any other country - including Pakistan - for security reasons.

The official said that only a small group of people inside the U.S. government knew about this operation targeting Osama bin Laden in advance.

[Updated, 12:44 a.m. ET] Many hundreds of people have gathered at the former World Trade Center site in New York City, cheering news of Osama bin Laden's death.

Chants of "USA! USA!" are coming from the crowd.

"It's just the most out-of body experience to feel so involved in history, this such a historic moment for our country right now," a woman told CNN's Jason Carroll.

[Updated, 12:35 a.m. ET] The U.S. State Department warned Americans living abroad of "enhanced potential for anti-American violence" following the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.  The announcement was made in a worldwide travel alert issued early Monday.

[Updated, 12:24 a.m. ET] A team of U.S. Navy SEALs carried out the operation in Pakistan that ended in the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, CNN's Chris Lawrence reported.  The operation lasted about 40 minutes, and the team had practiced the raid a few times.

Earlier, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh, citing  a senior Pakistani intelligence official, reported that members of Pakistan's intelligence service - the ISI - were on site in Abbotabad, Pakistan, during the operation that killed  bin Laden. The official said he did not know who fired the shot that actually killed Bin Laden.

[Updated, 12:11 a.m. ET] Members of Pakistan's intelligence service - the ISI - were on site in Abbotabad, Pakistan, during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports, citing a senior Pakistani intelligence official. The official said he did not know who fired the shot that actually killed Bin Laden.

[Updated, 12:06 a.m. ET] The crowd celebrating bin Laden's death outside the White House has grown significantly. Lots of cheering and waving of the U.S. flag.

Here is video of the crowd:

[Updated, 11:59 p.m. ET] More detail on where Osama bin Laden was killed: Forces killed him at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after a firefight, U.S. President Barack Obama said.

Cooperation with Pakistan helped lead U.S. forces to Osama bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding, President Barack Obama said.

Obama said he ordered the attack after he decided last week that the United States had actionable intelligence that bin Laden was in the compound.

[Updated, 11:56 p.m. ET] U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world were placed on high alert following the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death, a senior U.S. official said. The U.S. State Department should be sending out a new "worldwide caution" for Americans shortly.

[Updated, 11:44 p.m. ET] Bin Laden was killed in a military operation in Pakistan that U.S. President Barack Obama ordered today, Obama said.

Obama said he was told last August that the United States had developed a possible lead on bin Laden - intelligence on bin Laden hiding in a compound in Pakistan. Obama said he determined last week that the United States had actionable intelligence.

"Today at my direction, the United States directed a targeted operation against that compound," Obama said.

Bin Laden was killed after a firefight, and forces took custody of his body, the president said. No Americans were harmed, Obama said.

[Updated, 11:36 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead.

"Tonight I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that has killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda," Obama said.

[Updated, 11:33 p.m. ET]  Osama bin Laden was killed by a "U.S. military asset," according to a senior U.S. official.

Earlier, a senior U.S. official says bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad along with other family members.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to address the nation shortly.

[Updated, 11:20 p.m. ET] A crowd that has gathered outside the White House is singing the national anthem, within an hour after reports that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed.

The group also chanted, "USA! USA!" and "Hey, hey, goodbye!" in reference to  bin Laden.

A senior U.S. official says bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad along with other family members.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to address the nation shortly.

[Updated, 11:15 p.m. ET] Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad along with other family members, a senior U.S. official tells CNN.

Congressional and administration sources say U.S. officials have the body of bin Laden. Further details around his death were not immediately available.

Bin Laden was the leader of al Qaeda, the terrorist network behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to address the nation shortly.

[Updated, 10:55 p.m. ET] A woman whose mother was killed on American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11 expressed "relief" over reports that Osama bin Laden is dead.

In an e-mail to CNN, Carrie Lemack said: "Cannot express how this feels to my family, but relief is one word.  We hope we can now focus on all that that madman took, namely nearly 3,000 + innocent victims, and not on him."

[Updated, 10:55 p.m. ET] Osama bin Laden is dead, sources told CNN Sunday night.

Congressional and administration sources say U.S. officials have the body of bin Laden, who was reportedly killed in Afghanistan. The details about his death were not immediately available.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to address the nation shortly.

[Updated, 10:45 p.m. ET]  Osama bin Laden is dead, CNN's John King reported Sunday night, citing sources.

[Initial post, 10:09 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to make a statement Sunday night, tentatively at 10:30 p.m., the White House said. The subject of his address was not known.

Obama is expected to address national security in his speech, a source said.

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  1. Kevin

    For all those who are saying that this is a conspiracy and he is not really dead.

    STOP. Seriously, put your political affiliations aside for 1 day and just stop. I mean are you kidding me? First of all the President would NEVER make a speech like that (To the world) if this was not true) Do you have any idea how easy it would be to expose that? Secondly, I love how everyone is all of a sudden DNA experts, saying it takes 5-10 days to get DNA results, As someone in the medical research field I can tell you all with 100% certaintly that not only is that false but it is ridiculous. This was done on Saturday Morning Pakistan time, Plenty of time to run proper DNA testing 10 times over.

    And 3rd. I actually saw a guy on hear claiming we had Bin Laden for 8 years and he was just "thawed out" I don't even know where to begin with this besides just saying you are nuts. So let me get this straight, Osama was caught under G.W. Bush's watch but G.W (the most hated President in history) and he just decides to let it wait.

    The bottom line is this is ridiculous and you people need to stp

    May 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Love your response, Kevin!

      May 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      LMAO!!!

      "First of all the President would NEVER make a speech like that (To the world) if this was not true)"

      You have GOT to be kidding me. Honestly???????

      This is exactly why your country's economis system is failing.... Oh, wait, let me guess... THE PRESIDENT will fix it!!!
      LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samantha

      Kevin, if I didn't already have 3 beautiful little boys, I'd offer to have one for you 🙂 Thank for you for finding the words I was trying to come up with while reading all the conjecture and outlandish conspiracy theories!

      May 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      @Sam

      See Sam here's the thing a person like you will likely never accept this, but maybe I can help you see why suggesting this is a conspiracy is so flawed. I don't think you're wrong to question your government, there have been many times in my life where I did not trust what my govt, or my commander in chief was telling me. But to just blindly shout conspiracy in the face of facts makes you look ignorant. Here is why:

      We are talking about Osama Bin Laden a man that while alive hated the United States of America ( Im sure we can all agree on that) So if this really was a scam don't you think that Osama would be incredibly excited to hop in front of his webcam and make one of his little videos to prove that the President of the United States just lied to the world? Of course he would, this would be a huge blow to the US govt since they could not back track in anyway, we couldnt say we made a mistake because we already said we have confirmed DNA evidence. This would of course cause an uproar. Our Government is not this stupid.

      And this my friend is why just blindly saying things just to say them without thinking them through makes you look like a not so smart guy.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      It seems like many critics of the President were supporters of Osama Bin Laden all along.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      @kevin

      Just as i thought... lol. Soooo predictable. Let me guess you were also one of the crowd waving your flags and chanting "USA, USA" outside the white house. All the while, your paying $4 a gallon for gas, People can barely afford food, and your wonderful government is bailing out millionaires, just so they can turn around and steal more money. Talk about narrow minded.
      Foreclosures at an all time high, US dollar falling EVERYDAY, exports at an all time low (people want nothing to do with the US)
      Who is chanting now? Cue the crickets....

      And this my friend is why just blindly saying things just to say them without thinking them through makes you look like a not so smart guy. Kinda like your government with the economic crisis... everything will be fine....lol... print more money...lol. the list goes on and on. But not according to you.

      Conspiracy theorist... NOT!
      Realist... YES!

      May 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jude

      To Kevin:

      You see Kevin, when it comes to government its the little lie that get you in trouble not the big ones – Joseph Goebbels. And this is a big one. You got to go to the root of the lie and that is 9/11. If you can grasp that one (and that takes some guts to see the big picture, that your gov is in deed capable of it), then everything else looks different.

      All of us the common folk don't really know the truth when it comes to Osama, not before, not now, – however since you know 9/11 was done by your truly the gov. (and plenty of experts will agree with that, or for regular Joe like me Building 7 speaks for it self) then you gotta wonder whats deal with the boogeyman – osama. Lets see here how does it benefit the current situation, 1. Obamas rating is kinda LOW 2. there is all this other talk of economy, birth certificate,.... distraction? 3. more terrorism is scheduled (btw thats to control you and me), and now there is a lot of talk about revenge of his death...

      try it that way Kevin and maybe you'll see another point of view as well

      May 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dharam

    Thousands of years ago some ignorant humans in the Abhramic traditions came up with the idea of "excluvisity" of God or God monpolisim. This idea has propogated down the Abhramic familly of religions and shaped much of world events wherever these religions have been significant. Osama's death is just a small milestone in this series..that started with a few ignorant ancient men. Thank God the Dharmic traditions speak the greater truth, thanks to another set of ancient humans who proclaimed in the Rig Veda "Truth is one..the wise call it by many names"

    May 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      Whether it's a small milestone in your convoluted theory or not is not at all important. This represents a great victory for America and the world.

      I give full credit to President Obama and the U.S. military.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CdnJim

    I don't know if any of bin Ladin's supporters ever read the posts here, but I'd find it hard to admire a guy who hides for a living and then hides behind a woman when the bullets start flying. Not much of a man by any definition.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      "I don't know if any of bin Ladin's supporters ever read the posts here"

      Yes they do. They are the critics of the President who are pushing the ridiculous conspiracy theories that you see on here.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      It is called a "COWARD"....

      May 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    The Lion of Jihad was killed in a fierce firefight? No, more like the Jackyl of Jihad was killed hiding behind a woman.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • well said

      Well Said

      May 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bteasley

      That is an insult to Jackels.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Roscoe

    It turns out Trump owned the compound and was screwing Bin Laden on rent. Did they find Bin Laden's birth certificate?

    May 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      This must be a sad day for Donal Trump. His campaign of de-legitimzing President Obama has been effectively destroyed.

      FOUR MORE YEARS! OBAMA 2012.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. check this out

    http://khairulakmalazman.blogspot.com/2011/05/mayat-osama-di-adobe-photoshopfk.html

    May 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Der Fuhrer

    I have not seen any pictures of Osama dead, and they have disposed of the body already! Seems a bit fishy to me.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Creator

      yeah and we have a gentlemen's agreement with Bin Laden not to reveal he's still alive...it won't backfire cuz we all know Osama is a man of his word...or we wanted to follow Islamic tradition and "bury" him within 24 hours but didn't want to have a physical site for extremists to worship

      May 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      Of course it would seem fishy to a teabagger. I on the other hand am perfectly satisfied that Osama is dead.

      This is a great day for America.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Not trying to blow this into some big conspiracy theory type thing but who made the decision to bury the body at sea right after this happened, and why? It really is fishy that someone the US govenment has been hunting for over 10 years, has started wars over, had thousands of civilians and soldiers die, and spent billions upon billions or dollars trying to find and within hours he is caught, killed, and buried at sea. I mean really..??

      May 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Taylor

    I knew it! The racist in this country were going to find some way to take away President Obama's glory. It may have taken years and he had to depend on the military. But, if he did not give the go ahead none of this would have happened. President Obama is the President of the United States of America he earned it, he deserves it, and the racists in this country need to respect him as such!

    May 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Well said!

      May 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      They can't take away his glory. Obama's record is now sealed as one the greatest Presidents in U.S. history. The racists can try but there is no stopping Obama at this point. Join with me in celebrating our President and our country.

      FOUR MORE YEARS!

      OBAMA 2012.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • DT74

      @Taylor how is any of this racist? When these idiots questioned 9/11 did they do it because Bush was white? Why do so many people have to bring race into issues where it it simply not warranted.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      My sentiments exactly... I knew this would happen and I hear people all around me doing just this. I feel he totally deserves the credit; after all, he gave the final order and this whole event took place on "Obama's" watch!!!

      May 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. djc

    What wonderfull news to wake up to,hope it wasn't a fast death.Congrads to our american cousins.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. arch

    This guy had a lot of guts! Has to have a woman in front of him to protect him from the guns! I thought he believed he was sitting right next to God. Why did he need a shield if that was true! A true piece of horse dung. Good job by our guys. obama will take credit for basically doing nothing except to sign the paper to proceed. This is not the end. It probably is the beginning of a new front. I'm sure he had someone to take his place in case he died. He had bad kidneys and was freaked he would die that way. We need to be on special alert everywhere because of this happening. I'm sure that had that "eye in the sky" over that compound for the past month or two just waiting to make sure he was there the day they went. Because of his faith he had to be put to rest within 24hrs. That is the reason for the quick burial. I'm sure they took his body back to the ship and took blood,tissue,etc. samples for DNA analysis, which takes a few days. They probably took tons of photos, etc. It would be so sweet to be back to a normal setting like 30 plus years ago. Terrorists are such cowards! I don't know if our country and others will ever experience that freedom ever again. All because of a few insane a.r.s.e.s.!

    May 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Just another case of a Democrat president cleaning up a mess created by a Republican president. Obama thanks for "Mission Accomplished"!

      May 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      God bless President Obama for achieving what once seemed impossible. He is already one of the greatest Presidents in U.S. History.

      May 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gracie

    Do you actually believe this news story. Please bin Laden a) was either dead this whole 10 yrs and for selfish AMERICAN reasons unbeknown to us they kept this BS facade about Bin Laden or b) he just died of natural causes and they orchestrated this whole nonsense to make the poor naive American's believe this actually took place, Hooray we finally found him and rid of him. Sad for your poor little naive souls. BIN LADEN was a friend of the BUSH family.He was protected and used for whatever these business dealing go on in the US to boost the economy. WAR creates money. Why was it so easy to flush out Sadam Hussein who had nothing to do with the 911 but Bin Laden who was "invoved" with 911 was like trying to find Waldo. Heaven help you all. Look at your government and see how they constantly deceive you with their BS and lies. Bin Laden dies of natural causes whether it be 10 years ago or today, they just orchestrated this little play so you the American people thing your government is a hero. the same government who orchestrated 911.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • RPS

      REALLY? Conspiracy?? Not even worth commenting. As far as the comments regarding Obama and his "moment of glory" regarding this situation: pooh pooh and all of you. The real praise goes to the military who actually carries out the "dirty" work the politicians are too weak to do. They are the real heroes in this situation. They risk their lives to keep us safe and living free. Let' s give credit where credit is do. Obama is just a puppet in the big white house. He would not know what to do if not told. Please, Give me a break.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some Guy

      You are truly an idiot.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      How do you sleep at nights believe such stuff...you're nuts.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Wow, how idiotic are you? You really think he's been dead for years now? He escaped to Pakistan in Dec 2001, where he was supported by people (or the Government) since. People like you disgust me, if you despise our government so much how bout you just leave.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • STEPH

      NUMBER 1: LEARN HOW TO SPELL
      NUMBER 2: WAR COSTS MONEY, DOES NOT CREATE MONEY, YES IT MAY CAUSE MORE MONEY TO BE PRINTED BUT THAT DEPLEATS THE VALUE
      NUMBER 3: WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THIS COMMENT? IF IT WAS TO LOOK LIKE A FOOL; YOU SUCCEEDED

      May 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xavier6788

      A friendly tip: If you're going to post a comment criticizing either an individual or a group of people as you're done here, it's a good idea to check that your spelling, punctuation and grammar are correct. Otherwise, you fail to establish credibility as a reliable source because your argument appears to be that of an uneducated person. One or two little typos are fine, but when the errors are rampant (an they are in your post), you're really only embarrassing yourself and those who agree with your point of view. Just something to think about for next time.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      Give it up teabagger. Your leader is dead.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      You're dumb.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. danjayapaul@yahoo.com

    1) What is wrong in taking alive? Would have extracted all the information and terror links
    2) If a year has 365 days, how many terrorist would have been breded by him till now?

    May 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RP

    I believe this alone will get Obama re-elected in 2012, then maybe we can get some real change is this broken country.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • RPS

      Sorry to burst your "Obamabubble" but it will take a whole lot more to get that man elected again. He has not doen a darn thing for our country. Where is the "Change"? The only change we have seen is in our paychecks; or lack there of. Next time around, we will put someone in the office that actually has experience!! Not a puppet.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      OBAMA 2010!

      May 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      I agree 100%.

      Here's to a second term:

      OBAMA 2012-2016.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. edvhou812

    The hero/martyr of terrorist around the globe kills women in children during his war, and he uses a woman as a shield.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PAULA NOKU

    SHOW THE BODYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY !!WHERE IS IT ??

    May 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • donutman

      Check out the bottom of the ocean, bring your camera

      May 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      You teabaggers are bitter to the very end aren't you?

      May 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
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