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. adrian

    This is all a front for what is to come I'm expecting attacks soon..why would they bury him soo quickly?? If we where really looking for him how could he be hiding in plain sight??in a mansion with 18ft walls c'mon really how dumb they think we are?

    May 2, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mr. Zippy

    The "buried-at-sea" news bothered me at first, but that's only because it conjured up images of a body wrapped in cloth and slid into the ocean for the sharks. What if he's in a sealed, retrievable coffin resting in shallow water...? Buried-at-sea, but not gone... just a thought

    May 2, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Greg Graham

    I am a Republican and I think Mr obama for his actions of yesterday, Osama was a terrible man and I believe you did what needed to be done. Congratulations Mr obama this was a great thing and thank you again.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. brannonw

    Let's see we have no body. We have a burning building. We have a picture of a bed with rubble on it. Why would we not have autopsy photos or an independent person verifying his body. We just toss it to sea. If he's such a criminal, who cares about the Muslim religion needing to be buried in 24 hours. Are you telling me we can see Michael Jackson's autopsy photos but not the MOST DANGEROUS MAN in the world. This after people are outraged that we tried to assassinate Qadaffi and killed children. What nation in sheer numbers is more responsible for killing innocent children, men, and women? US or AL Quada? Benazir Bhutto was assasinated by a suicide bomber because in 2007 she reported that Bin Laden was already DEAD!!!! If this was a trial, what evidence is there? NONE! it was thrown out to "sea" Just whatever the boob tube feeds you. Watch the Max Headroom talking heads and believe every word. Enjoy this story because next week will be Lindsay Lohan starting her jailtime.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chase

    Today marks a large victory in the war on terror, but there is something we need to remember. Yes, Bin Laden was an awful person, and yes, he killed many people, but why do we need to celebrate his death. Yes, he may have been one of the leaders that helped plan the 9/11 attacks, but would the people that died that day want their loved ones and country to celebrate revenge, because that is all this 10 year war has been, nothing but a large act of revenge, and I don't think that that is what they wanted, today a man has died, no matter how horrible of a person he was, I think we need to move on and not linger on something that happened 10 years ago, that is not what the victims would have wanted, they wouldn't want us to celebrate his death, but to be reassured, and know that they can finally Rest in Peace, and move on.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      GWB did more damage to America than bin Laden

      May 2, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • RiteLeft

      "... is not what the victims would have wanted, they wouldn't want us to celebrate his death" are you the official spokesperson for the victims?

      May 2, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • sunny lovetts

      OMGosh... common sense? Oh no.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Have you been watching the news at all? llok at all the family members of the men and woman who were lost that day that have rejoiced and celebrated the fact that this horrible man has died! I think this is cause for celebration, we captured the biggest villain in the history of this country and it's about time!!

      May 2, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Robyn C

      I will never forget the video's of Palestinian celebration after 9/11. My immediate thoughts and feelings were of how barbaric and uneducated those people appeared and it sickened me. Although I agree that Bin Laden's demise was a necessary evil, I am saddened to see Americans gathering in celebration and it sickens me to think that we might now be viewed by others as barbaric and uneducated.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • XWngLady

      Its not so much that Americans are celebrating revenge or someone's death. Its a celebration of the fact that even in the face of Osama Bin Laden's murdurous acts, his defiance and lack of remorse and his inisistence that he would not and could not be touched, that NO ONE can just get away with murder. You reap what you sow and justice will be served. If Bin Laden hadn't masterminded and ordered 9-11 no one would have been after him and he could have been living in his mansion enjoying his life. But he CHOSE a life of violence and hence has died by the same sword that he exacted on 3000 Americans on that fateful September day.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • embrz

      Please don't pretend to insert yourself as a spokesperson for 9-11 victims. It is untoward, and disrespectful.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • L

      CNN head line said "Live updates: No indication Obama tried to surrender" ... was that a typo?

      May 2, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      In addition, celebrating would suggest that this thing is over. In many ways, I suspect it may only be getting started.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • canadain hobo

      You Americans are NO different than the Terrorists. Dancing in the streets.....pathetic.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      I am just saying President Obama isnt the one who like started the hunt for Bin Laden that was Bush 10 years ago this September. Obama is the one who made sure he got a muslim burial at sea!!! This is a huge blunder as now the ocean is a shrine for OBL and islamists can pilgrimage. Why the nod to islam Obama??? Why does OBL get a decent burial thats not what 9/11 victims got!!! Obama did what any other President ought to do so I will commend him for doing his job but I think this is also kind of to warm us up to the idea of extractions and renditions as a practice for dictators and enemies of state like Gaddafi.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      Who appointed this yoyo BinLaden's eulogist?

      May 2, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • bumalis@hotmail.com

      pictures of osama bin laden body posted on http://www.blogdelnarco.com/2011/05/cae-osama-bin-laden.html#more

      May 2, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Proud American Moslem

      This was my second produst moment to be an american moslem. This killer deserves an end like this and nothing less.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • usr744

      "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." Oh goody! That means they stoned him, beheaded him, smacked him around with a few dirty sandals, burned him with old tires, then used his body as an IED. One can only hope!

      May 2, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Sunnysout

      he was a murderer, of many, get over it. Tell the families of all that died for no good reason on 9/11 of your surprised reaction. They will tell you they are surprised it had to take so long. Do we need to celebrate? Yes and for the lives of those lost. Celebrate that this vicious, heinous killer will no longer open his mouth to speak his vile words and condemn death to Americans. Do your homework and let yourself for one minute live in the shoes of a spouse or son or daughter who will never again see their parent (s) who died that day. Do your homework and understand that everything about this man and those who are his followers have nothing to do with humanity.Ask yourself why, in the name of anyone's chosen religion, anyone should die for not believing in a God that you believe in.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • justin

      Now I lay me down to sleep... one less terrorist this world does keep... with all my heart I give my thanks... to those in uniform regardless of ranks... you serve our country and serve it well... with humble hearts your stories tell... so as I rest my weary eyes... while freedom rings our flag still flies... you give your all, do what you must... with God we live and God we trust.... Amen!!

      May 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • henry

      chase, how could you possibly know what the victims would want? Thats a bit presumptuous!!

      May 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Its a celebration of justice. Its a celebration of closure, relief, or the door to those things. No one televised his brain exploding.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dean

    As much as he hated doing it (and had it been soley his choice, he would have stopped), Obama's continuing the 'Bush' policy has resulted in the killing of UBL. I give Bush one-third credit, the intelligence community one-third credit, and the military one-third credit. For Obama...nothing.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      If thats the case, then you should give Bush full credit for ruining the economy, and ZERO blame to Obama.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Meso

      Dean, you sir are an idiot and/or a revisionist. The Bush Doctrine as implemented was to sow the seeds of democracy in the Middle East through the use of force in Iraq. They repeatedly downplayed the need to bring Bin Laden to justice and repeatedly downplayed the importance of focusing the war effort inside of Pakistan. It was Obama that repeatedly stated the opposite, that Afghanistan and Pakistan ought to be the focus, that is where the 9/11 attacks originated from and that is where the originators of those attacks were still hiding. Obama surged our forces in Afghanistan and ordered the increased CIA and Military drone attacks in there, it was Obama who increased the CIA oversight of the inter-Pakistan operations. And he did it while Republicans were attacking him for drawing down Iraq and his own party was advocating to cut and run out of Afghanistan and Pakistan to focus on domestic issues. That's leadership my friend and that deserves recognition as well as the efforts on the military and CIA special operations forces who took OBL out.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Mhmmm

      The country and the world celebrate, while you lament that our President (someone who have no respect for, for some reason...) was the one who ultimately got it done. The reason it worked was obviously because he benefitted from years of Bush's failed attempts. He told Pakistan AFTERWARDS while Bush laid his plans out to people who leaked information to Bin Laden. I hated GWB as a leader but I still would have celebrated his victory and know he did his beset to find Bin Laden. Your comment only serves to show that no matter what Obama does that proves his competence, you somehow know better. Yeah right. This country has no use for divisive people like you.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable1

      We need to give our intelligence community and servicemen a lot of respect and credit. We also need to give Obama the credit for looking for Osama in Pakistan (instead of looking for him in Iraq). I am sure Bush could have found Osama if he had at least tried to look in the right place. Let us not deny credit to well deserving people who at least tried and looked for Osama (instead of looking for oil). This is a day of victory for everyone - the whole world.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Obama did in two years what Bush couldn't do in 7+ years. Perhaps if Bush has been focused on the JUST war instead of the unjust war in Iraq, he could have got the job done.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • L

      Meso – you need to learn U.S. History. Bush doctrine isn't to spread democracy – it is the United States policy regardless of who you are or what party you are with.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      You are merely declaring that ideology has prevented you from processing information. Must be a bad day to be an Obama hater.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Raygun

      dean- maybe you should move to pakistan. America does not need people like you.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • W

      Really? So Bush gets credit for failing to take down Bin Laden in the 7 years he had to try, but Obama gets no credit for ordering Bin Ladens demise after 2 years in office? HA! Youre a joke.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • James Williamson

      The US forces have given Osama Bin Laden the greatest honor that can be bestowed upon radical Islamic extremists, they've made you a martyr. While it may bring satisfaction to the American people and their allies it also brings a great deal of joy and celebration to the enemy. His followers will now, even more so, be revere him as a legendary, heroic figure who gave his life for the glory of his god. It will inspire and motivate legions of young, easily influenced radicals to take up arms and fight in the name of the greatest Islamic martyr in modern history.

      Osama Bin Laden set out to start a war between the west and Islam and George Bush, with the approval of the American people, obliged him. The radical Islamic extremists will view what Bin Laden accomplished as a great success and his death the fulfillment of his promises and religious obligations. The world would have been better served had he been taken alive, tried under a fair and just international war crimes tribunal and lived the rest of days in captivity like the animal he is.

      I suspect that our celebrations will be short lived.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Not to downplay, Obama's role or the credit that should be given to him, but this operation did begin with the identification of the courier during Bush years. I'm sure Bush didn't come up with the plan, but we should remember that this was a long-term operation and credit should be given to all involved, primarily the military and intelligence officials. Statements that Obama did what Bush couldn't really misunderstands the development of long-term intelligence operations. Obama handled the operation well, ultimately making the final call as he was informed of the opportunity, but this is far from all Obama's doing.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Another Mike

      Let's keep this in mind, Dean:

      Q (March 13, 2002): Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? . . .

      Bush: So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him , Kelly, to be honest with you. . . .

      Q: But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?

      Bush: Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I - I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.

      You may not want to give any credit to our president and I will resist speculating as to why, but I for one am very thankful Mr. Obama did not hold a similar opinion as George W. Bush with regard to Osama Bin Laden.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • American Pride

      Dean and Mesa. After 9/11 America was united for once and the unity was one of the greatest sites this country has seen in awhile. Listen everyone Americans from America accomplished this historic event together.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Sevon

      Obama is only cleaning up the mess he was left to deal with after Bush. I applaud Obama for trying to save us from financial distruction and now our world and human rights.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Rg

      Really Dean? Bush deseres 1/3 credit, why?? Did he put on a uniform and walk through Pakistan to Bin Laden's hideout. Get off the Republican soapbox and be happy the world is rid of this idiot.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jackie Gonzalez

    Yes most of the young people who are celebrating were only I'm elementary or middle school when September 11th happened but it makes us that much more passionate about it. We watched the adults in our lives mourn. We answered the call of duty as soon as we were old enough and many of our friends and family members have joined the military. My father was in the army as a bomb tech and he personally helped search for Bin Laden before being hurt in Afghanistan. The things Osama did run more deeply than words can express and the sence of pride and relief is unexplainable. I think those seals should be honored for saving so many lives

    May 2, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Barry

    I, too, feel the need to see 'concrete' proof of his death, BUT, right now may not be the 'right time' for it! Why?,. You have thousands of Osama supporters over there, who may be sceptical! If the photos were released now, that may(WILL!), start a new wave of violence! The remaining leaders of 'al Qaeda' will use these pictures as a 'rallying' point to escalate their violence! I'm sure the pictures WILL be released, but the military will decide the timing of the release! You can cut the head off a snake, but that doesn't the there arem't more snakes ready to fill the void!

    May 2, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • kas

      maybe Trump can hire some folks to get more proof?

      May 2, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. jack

    Why on earth would they BURY THE BODY AT SEA less than ONE DAY after the death .... INSTEAD of having the body examined BUY SOME TRUSTWORTHY PUBLIC AUTHORITY ... so the world could be SURE that it really was bin laden .... and not leave an eternal debate about that??? This is a HUGE MISTAKE that the obama administration INTENTIONALLY made ... and now for ETERNITY .... there will linger QUESTIONS among many of the people in the world about whether bin laden was really killed or if the government JUST FAKED his death ... kinda like the arnold schartzenager movie - ERASURE - to gain political points for killing him ... or some people might suspect it was done maybe to protect bin laden from real assination??... in any event ...by asking people to have FAITH that the obama crew are telling the truth ... they have GUARANTTED that MORE conspiracy theories will be spanned about this than came from the kennedy assination .... and the meer fact that it was IN THEIR control to do it right and they chose NOT TO .... itself RAISES QUESTIONS about WHY?? that question as to WHY is a very legitimate one indeed ...

    May 2, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Feek

      When you learn how to spell, people MAY take more seriously (but I doubt it). "Assination"? Really?

      May 2, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • divestrong

      You're an idiot. They took the body to their base in Afganistan where they had doctors perform a video taped autopsy, took his fingerprints, took blood for DNA confirmation, took X-rays of his teeth, and took pictures and biometric scans of his face and body. What more do you want them to do? Put the body on a stake outside the white house so we can all stop by and take a look ourselves? They are the experts that you wanted the body taken to, and they confirmed that it's him.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • That Guy

      They buried him in respect for Muslum religion. It states that with in 24 hours after someone has died, the body must be buried. They did it at sea, for what I see as, the fastest and easiest way. It was mainly done to try not to add insult to injury to his followers, who are outraged as it is. Showing his dead body all over the news and refusing to act by their belief would give them more of a reason to retaliate.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      Well actually, I'm pretty sure if Osama wasn't dead he would be laughing his head off wherever he is and probably planning a little announcement saying, "Oh, by the way, I'm not dead, haha!". Second, they buried the body at sea in accordance with Muslim traditions, which demand burial VERY quickly after death (I think ONE day). They probably didn't want to infuriate the whole Muslim world along with the terrorists.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      If you were listening to the news reports...He was killed a week ago and they having been running the test on him for a week to make sure that it was him.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • jack

      How about the respect for the American People's need for CLOSURE? Many people are going to conclude that requires a BIT more CERTAINTY than just being asked to have faith in some REPORT the government can read people ... they could have had the body examined by several INDEPENDENT authorities that different people have confidence in and then give the body BACK TO THE FAMILY to what they want to with in whatever customs they wanted to follow ... out of RESPECT for the RELATIVES for bin laden ... for that matter ... how do thay pretend to know if he was even muslim or not? Maybe he was an athiest who just preyed on muslims?? It is frankly prettly lame to try and HIDE under the "respect for religion" blanket after you just ASSISINATED the man anyway .... (note to spelling bee enthouisast – the spelling bees are on another forum ... try googling "spelliung bee" ...and good luck, you need the help)

      May 2, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Tricia

      Remember the one about Lincoln's secretary being named Kennedy and Kennedy's secretary being named Lincoln (or some such silliness) ?

      Here's more fodder for the conspiracy – believers: was the Royal Family warned about the plan to kill Bin Laden; is that why Will and Catherine's overseas honeymoon was postponed?

      May 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • BT

      You're right, I'll bet our President's plan was to keep bin Laden from being assinated. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!

      May 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • BT

      I LOVE the USE of CAPS. It REALLY helps ME understand WHAT you ARE saying.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • henry

      this jack guy is a moron

      May 2, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Susan Schoner

    BURN IN H_LL BIN LADEN!! You thought you were so smart and that America could never catch you! I guarantee God grabbed you by the arm and threw you in the fires of hell with no hesitation whatsoever!!! Enjoy your life where you belong burning burning burning!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Chase

      I don't agree with that, I am a christian myself, and I don't know if you profess to being christian, but if you are you shoud back off of your statement and think of what you are saying, it is Jesus' teachings that we should love all, whether they have murdered or not, it is about foregiveness, which you clearly don't have, and don't understand. Which inturn, makes you a religious hipocrite.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      @ Chase – for some so religious you might try learninghow to spell. "Should" and "Hypocrite".
      You might try using less commas, and writing in complete sentences.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tiger

    When I worked for an American Investment Bank, the legal counsel told me that China has a rule of man and not a rule of law. I witness today that America is truly a rule of man and has no resemblance to a rule of law. Bin Laden should be held for trial by the International Courts but rather we see a death sentence issued to a man without any rights for a fair trial. Holding suspects indefinitely in custody in foreign lands and using highly trained thugs as assassins....... We need to open our eyes and looking into the human rights violations of the United States.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Chase

      I completely and totally agree what we did today was inhumane, and barbaric, maybe next time, if we are ever in a situation like this again, which I hope we never are, the U.S. Governmant will think of human rights before they kill someone.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Feek

      When the police are tracking a murderer and he holds up a gun to them when they find him, they are well within their rights according to LAW to shoot and kill him.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Not a tiger

      Unless of course, he was killed while avoiding capture. There is one report right now saying it was a kill mission, as opposed to what Obama said last night. As for China being rule of man as opposed to rule of law... yup! US being that way? Not so much, laws aren't made or ignored here on a case by case basis. Just because you may not have the political beliefs or ethnicity of those in power doesn't mean you aren't protected by, or part of our system. Not so true in China. Not Han Chinese or a member of the communist party? Then you don't count. Nice try Tiger. Failed, but nice try.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      They would have liked to take bin Laden alive, but they were realistic about the chances of that happening.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • cristian

      Are u for real? now, really this is not just a 'trick' comment isn't it? Maybe 'Bing" sould've just pleaded instanity and get life in prison huh? People, get a life!

      May 2, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ox

      Chase, you are a loser. Maybe we should close all the jails and give all the murderers in this country therapy.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. siddharth

    I am sure in return for this the americans would carve out a bigger niche for pakistan in afghanistan , thus effectively nullifying india's positive influence on the country . Lets hope the obama administration holds the well being of the afghani people in mind but not a way to escape . Our belief in america being the global policeman will now be tested.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. James

    Listen closely to an Inception dvd made before the January 8th shooting in Tucson, especially during the dialogue, "Do It." Church Commission.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Justin R. Douglas

    Usama Bin Laden is dead. A figure head has been chopped off and thrown to the murky waters of the deep. Does it seem like justice from a country that always touts the tradition of a fair trial? Seems like Obama is, of course, putting on his re-election hat with this. Also, a nice little distraction to problems that are more immenent. He wants to make a statement then take the momentum from this and use it as a weapon against the oil companies which are bleeding us dry. Or against the tax laws which keep the upper 1% in the majority of financial and political power in America. Or our failing educational system which sees our national test scores lowering each year. You get the idea. Osama, in the long run of things, wasn't a threat at all to us, not as much as those with greed and power in this country perform terroristic acts against their own. But, who cares about not being able to feed your family cause there's still a large percentage of American's on unemployment and welfare. Or wondering which street corner you'll be calling home when your residence gets foreclosed on. Congrats, Obama, you've graduated to the tool for the machine that you said you'd never become.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Justin R. Douglas

    Usama Bin Laden is dead. A figure head has been chopped off and thrown to the murky waters of the deep. Does it seem like justice from a country that always touts the tradition of a fair trial? Seems like Obama is, of course, putting on his re-election hat with this.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Justin you can't be serious with that diatribe of nonsense. This is not about Obama's re-election at all. We have looked for this sob for about 20 years ( long before 9/11 as some forget }, and finally get him. Be an American instead of a repug & enjoy the victory

      May 2, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
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