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. First pictures arrive!
    May 2, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. maverick

    What happened to Zawahiri???? was he not there with osama???

    May 2, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sasi

    Hey its all Crazy ?? Is next year election in US ? Ohh Obama do you think now you did great job . How many times you guys will kill Binladen ??? First he was killed in Afgan Mountains...Second time he was killed due to multiple organ failure...and now once again you guys killed him ??? Good Joke

    May 2, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. DESI

    Congrats US for killing your own raised son but that’s not the point of happiness because US lost the status of SOLE SUPER POWER during this course of time..Here I want to make a point that Osama’s killing wont make a big difference as ideology is still there and many would follow it in years to come…

    May 2, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joshua

    We need to see the body.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. USApes

    Habeus Compos. Body buried at sea. Compound burned. "Justice Served". USA! Good enough for me (enough already). Now, let's bring our troops home if this shadow justice has any meaning.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Fahad

    U.S is trying to justify its security agents presence in pakistan..... Criminals like raymond davis !
    Amazing that osama was living so close to islamabad, let say its true then how come U.S security agents were ignorant of this fact for so long?

    May 2, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    he was buried at sea so his body would not become a shrine for other terrorist,this is a smart move as other jihadist will not doubt make a shrine out of his grave,better to eliminate his body all together, like his memory! so they have nothing to go on! jihadist beware! if you want to attack us,be prepared to be erased perminately,

    May 2, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. 毅一不挂

    D8观光团来此观光

    May 2, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. r e m o

    Great timing from Perception management team. Well done! This episode will probably pull the election. "Osama's death scene 2011" certainly trumps Donald, but will it trump the nanothermite paper? Or the dancing art students.
    Will the heroic slaughter of Osama negate freefall of building 7? do the producers of this program really think conspiracy 911 just 'goes away' because they throw a body at it? ?

    This is part of the game. The next chapter has begun

    May 2, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
    • paul Kienle

      IN A PRESS-CONFERENCE, THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTAL CANDIDATE DONALD – THE BIGGEST EGO IN THE UNIVERSE – TRUMP AND HIS FUTURE VICE-PRESIDENT ORLY TAITZ JUST ANNOUNCED, THAT THEY DO NOT BELIEVE, THAT OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD, UNTIL THEY HAVE SEEN HIS LONG-FORM DEATH CERTIFICATE – AND THEY DO NOT BELIEVE, THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA REALLY GAVE THE ORDER TO KILL OSAMA, BECAUSE HE WAS SUCH A BAD STUDENT....

      May 2, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd

      And the conspiracy theorists live on...

      May 2, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      Was his body found slumped over a fifty-lb sack of nanothermite?

      http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/critical-mass/

      May 2, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr F Qureshi

      Please remember that up to 50,000 innocent people have died in Pakistan as a result of bombs placed in public places – 20,000 were soldiers who died fighting Taliban forces during their takeover of the Swat Valley. A high price has been paid by many thousands across the world as a result of a violent, ruthless and heartless campaign fought against innocents. Pakistan has paid a higher price than many. If I recall correctly, the Muslim holy book, the Koran, says that the death of one innocent is equal to the killing of the whole of humanity. This is the day to remember the killed and damaged innocent people across the world, not to celebrate!

      May 2, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • rockin65

      When Sudam Hussein was killed, they had him all over the news! Now, the killer of thousands of Americans on US soil is supposedely killed and we dont even get the satisfaction of seeing his dead carcus!!!!!! If you all as Americans dont speak out this time, the injustice to the dead of sept. 11 will not be undone! NO MR. PRESIDENT GIVE US THE SATISFACTION OF SEEING HIS DEAD BODY!!!!!!! We have shed the tears and saw the dead of our own Americans. Why would you not show his dead carcus in front of ground zero or better yet the white house lawn. I do not believe this. I wasnt skeptical but as a former soldier I am outraged that we dont have explicit photos of his dead body for closure. They didnt have any problems cutting off the heads of people on tv. COME THE HELL ON MR. PRESIDENT!!!!

      May 2, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • paul Kienle

      IN A PRESS-CONFERENCE, THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTAL CANDIDATE DONALD – THE BIGGEST EGO IN THE UNIVERSE – TRUMP AND HIS FUTURE VICE-PRESIDENT ORLY TAITZ JUST ANNOUNCED, THAT THEY DO NOT BELIEVE, THAT OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD, UNTIL THEY HAVE SEEN HIS LONG-FORM DEATH CERTIFICATE – AND THEY DO NOT BELIEVE, THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA REALLY GAVE THE ORDER TO KILL OSAMA, BECAUSE HE WAS SUCH A BAD STUDENT.... AND THAT WHITE NAVY SEALS WOULD ONLY TAKE ORDERS FROM DONALD TRUMP AND NOT FROM A BLACK MAN, WHO WAS A MUSLIM AND WAS BORN IN AFRICA

      May 2, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Opoku lee williams

    This world is truely a small to be...I say bravo to the U.S.A for such operation. This made thousands of people cried world and today he is dead...Its true that every beginning has an end...

    May 2, 2011 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Milite Ignobile

      Is death, yeah, but not now !
      Is lost and nobody know where are.

      See here the photos, if you want (not if your heart is weak) :
      http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2011/05/02/foto/tv_pachistana_ecco_il_volto_di_bin_laden-15651222/1/

      May 2, 2011 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      Milite,

      You obviously didn't bother scrolling down. That picture is photoshoped. Here is them showing how they did it even.
      http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2011/05/02/foto/la_foto_di_osama_morto_il_ritocco_con_photoshop_-15668024/1/

      They were photoshoping a picture to show how easily a picture is faked. The people demanding to "see" his dead body aren't going to be happy either way. Fortunately the DNA results should be back within 24 hours (yes folks it takes a little time) and that should convince all the rational folks. But you will never convince the conspiracy whackos of anything no matter what you do.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. strangerthanfiction

    ..."BURIED AT SEA?!?!".....C'mon,...
    I want to SEE the body,...

    Osama Bin Ladens Dead Body IS the Ultimate Trophy!

    ...something doesn't "smell right",.(as usual)...
    Whoever DECIDED to allow his body to be buried at sea so soon,...is EITHER
    Incredibly stupid,...or Is "up to no good"!

    May 2, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
    • alus

      I agree with you...cmon..no dead body...no pics...no video...that was way too fast...if they didnt want to tell where he was was going to be buried there are many ways to do that...but buried at sea ?!?!?!

      May 2, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • collins61

      Another Obama Lie!

      May 2, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • TLZ

      Thank you. I thought I was the only one who thought the body was 'as sea' awful soon after his death.

      May 2, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      Do you folks ever stop and think for a minute? Do you really want a body buried on land which can become a new rallying place for retaliation? US Armed Forces took numerous pictures, digital scans AND samples from the body of blood, hair, and probably everything else you can imagine for DNA confirmation. Then they buried the body in keeping with muslim tradition WHILE avoiding a future public shrine I think is BRILLIANT. It demostrates that our war was not with good Muslims, it was with an evil terrorist. And even if you had his dead body bronzed and put on display, you will always have the whacko conspiracy theorists not believe its true. So rather than cater to the permanently derranged shadow-fearing few, lets instead do what makes the most sense from a policy perspective. Well done USA!!

      May 2, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Dinae

      Thank you President Obama. Job well done.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • ESCOBAR

      Our Goverment, like always must think we stupid to believe this, they so dumb that they have to make stuff up like this and give to the news channels and whats is there oh everythig is true, EVERYBODY THAT BELIEVES that bin laden is dead without seen body or comcrete proves are stupid.. you alrady know something is up.. respect

      May 2, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Itsa

      "Me, Me, Me". Newsflash, strangerthanfiction, it's not about what you want.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Itsa

      Beth, you are exactly right. These special forces were given clear instruction how to handle not only the operation but what to do with the body afterwards. Burying him at an unknown location at sea without public photos in the Muslim manner was brilliant for exactly the reasons you stated. Amazing how many rednecks want to parade the photos around ala-abu-Graib, which only incited long lasting hatred. We got what we were after. It was handled well.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • MK

      As the most wanted – surely the CIA would want him alive to debrief on further planned terrorist attacks – Killed and Buried at Sea in Afghanistan ? Which Sea ? – Surely the vistims / the world want to see the body – photoshopped photos aint going to do it. – I believe the CIA have him – most likely alive in one of their secret missions – similiar to the other terrorists taken to QB ....

      May 2, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Metroid

      Well they had to. Even they had to be fair and show some respect for him as he is a human. His tradition was that the body of the deceased was to be buried within 24 hours of death. Since really no country would harbor the body of wanted man #1, they decided to throw him out to sea since then, nobody can locate his burial site and a no "terrorist shrine" could appear.
      I personally am happy that we have created a large dent against the terrorists out there but it's not over yet... Let's pray for our troops and everyone out there that are fighting for our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Heidi Luna

      I want to see the picture of him deadtoo ,why not when Sudam's son's were killed we got to see those photo,The media warned us abot the graphic nature of seeing the photos but hole in the head or not I want to see him dead ,it is more final!!Alsowhy do we have to give him any curtasy they don't how to be sympathitic and say oh!!now these Americans are Christians so why did we bury him before sunset and if we did how are the still testing his DNA I know we have his blood but come on!!

      May 2, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Veteran96B

      Shark Bait... Woo ha ha! Seriously though, they might have buried some parts of him at sea, but they did take samples. How big are those samples? Welll..... that's not something that was elaborated upon now was it? Someone has his head on a platter still... believe it.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • MK

      Bet you he's been captured alive – Pool of blood on the floor – easy to manufacture that – they will question him for months and give us photoshopped pictures / video's of his dead body / burial and then the CIA wont have to take him to the Int'l courts – they can then kill him and dispose of him .....Buried at sea in Afghanistan – Yeah Right! not many deep seas in Afghanistan??....."The hunt for Osama's dead body in an Afghanistan sea?" now that would be a good story/investigation...

      May 2, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      They'll release photos, just like they released Obama's birth certificate for the folks that can't accept that Obama is their president. He took over a war and accomplished a hell of a lot more in his time than bush did

      May 2, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Neverhappy...

      WOW....Some people will always find fault not matter what.

      Its done take satisfaction that the man has been stopped. Instead you would rather believe that you are being lied to.... So what as long as he is dead I don't care how or when just that he is. And its a bonus it happened on President Obama's watch!

      I would have been happy if it was during Bush's term also but THAT IS NOT THE CASE. This was an AMERICAN victory and the thanks goes to The Commander and Chief and the US Military. Give credit where it is do its very petty and ignorant to try and take away from it.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      Thanks Beth......can't build a monument on the ocean.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Dsn63

      Thank You. A lot of us feel exactly the same way.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Kerwyn

      @ Beth,

      100% agreement from me, BRILLIANT move on the US's part to prevent a rallying shrine for this loser. Sadly, even if they had brought the body back, mummified it and put it on display at the National Museum, there would STILL be conspiracy theorists running rampant.

      The very WORST thing we could have done is parade his body through the streets. What a terrible thought, to think we would stoop as low as that. By following Muslim tradition AND placing the body out of reach of the extremists, we have satisfied our honor as a Nation, Muslim traditionalists (not extremists) and shown we do have honor, even when we have to take a life.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. joe54321

    I am as happy as I would hope all Americans are that this cancer to humanity has been killed. But I don't think people should think this is all over cause like cancer his hate and evil spirit has spread to others. We should not forget we are fighting terrorism not just Osama.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Skip

    Body dumped in the sea? Hang on – Al Jazeera reported just a couple of hours ago that the body was being held at a US army base and that reporters were being allowed to go in and view the body. If they'd dumped the body, they did it in the last two hours. Something VERY suss is going on here.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Enest Nguyen Duong Van

      Agreed fully! There will be a lot of mystery and conspiracy regarding this event. The official authorities from Pakistan and the US will do their best to hide details of this fact.

      May 2, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Itsa

      Nobody without security clearance will never know the details about the body – as it should be. Think about the potential danger involved if all the details and photos were made public. Here's another question for you – If the US said they got bin Laden, and really didn't. He could just release another video and make us look ridiculous. IMO, the 'DNA samples' were a vital organ. Get it into your mind that you will never see photos of a dead bin Laden. Just as you would never had if a drone had hit his base.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd

      Yeah because Al-Jazeera has been such a reputable news organization in the past that has been completely unbiased against the U.S.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Yah Right

    I'm sorry but why would they dump the body so quickly. The american people need proof. Sounds like a bunch of B.S. to me.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ernest Nguyen Duong Van

      Yes...That was a GREAT mistake to dump away the body...How can you prove now that Osama Bin Laden has been really killed? Was it a look-alike guy of Osama? Or Did Osama passed away years ago? The 25,000,000 US Dollars will go to the Pakistani Secret Service for their help? In any case, Barack Hussein Obama will be well supported in the soon-to-come US presidential election thanks to this effort. There is something fishy in this event.

      May 2, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      It wasn't "quickly", but it was within 24 hours which is in keeping with Muslim tradition. There are numerous pictures, castings, digital images, and mostly important samples taken which are underoing DNA confirmation right now. Stop and think this through for a second... do you really think dragging the body through the streets is the SMART thing to do? Try to put aside your own justifiable anger at Bin Laden for a second and think about what is best for the US in the long run. It may be gratifying to drag his sorry carcass down the street, but we have an opportunity here to be better than the thugs we are struggling against.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • stranger_than_fiction

      YUP, I agree, it smells like the usual B.S.....

      I feel that as an American (Osama regarded ALL AMERICANS as targets to be KILLED) I should not feel obligated, to feel the need, to demand to SEE his dead body.....

      And besides his supporters I believe will regard, the "killing" of Osama, as being more of an "insult", rather than the release of the photos of his dead body,.... they'll be coming. I might as well get the ENJOYMENT of seeing his Dead A*S anyways!

      May 2, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
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