Gotta Watch: Hunt for Osama bin Laden
U.S. navy seals killed al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani firefight.
May 2nd, 2011
06:14 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Hunt for Osama bin Laden

Nearly a decade after the September 11 terrorist attacks, in a mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was killed. In today's Gotta Watch, we track the hunt for bin Laden.

Terrorist beginnings – Osama bin Laden was on America's radar prior to the September 11 attacks. The terrorist leader made no secret of his displeasure with the U.S. and its foreign policy. In a 1997 interview with CNN, bin Laden said the country's arrogance is the reason he was seeking a jihad against the nation.
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'Wanted dead or alive' – After the attacks, President Bush was frank about his wishes. He wanted bin Laden "dead or alive." But as months turned into years, some questioned whether bin Laden would ever be killed or captured. President Bush never doubted it and, years later, in a 2009 interview, reiterated that capturing the terrorist was just a matter of time.
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Reaction to bin Laden's death – As news of bin Laden's death spread, Americans took to the streets to celebrate. Many gathered at Ground Zero in New York and chanted, "USA! USA!"
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Al Qaeda • Barack Obama • George W. Bush • Gotta Watch • Military • National security • New York • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan • Security • September 11 • Taliban • Terrorism • War
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  1. ventatum

    bin laden is smarter than you think because i believe that he is not dead

    May 2, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeClark

      And i believe you are stupid, does that mean you are? He is dead. I saw the picture. I know they can be doctored, but you don't make a claim like this with no proof. Because you look like a fool when he resurfaces. I just hope this has the effects we want

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

    what if he swims back to shore?

    May 2, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      ha ha ha that is funny josh! I am glad he was buried at sea otherwise they would have made a huge shrine of his body...

      May 2, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. ventatum

    why did it took ten yrs to kill osama bin laden they should of killed him a long time ago FINALLY someone had the guts to kill him thank god they should kill bin laden and saddam at the same time like come on people make some sense i dont celebrate his because i hate bin laden USA USA USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    He is not dead. He's most likely on a U.S. funded permanent vacation as a reward for helping the U.S. execute the 911 attacks. Buried at sea... ha! The same goes for Saddam Hussein's "hanging." In fact Saddam and Bin Laden are most likely BOTH hanging out together. I'm sure in a few days some gritty "Navy Seal" cell phone footage will come out showing some "evidence" that he's dead. You people need to start seeking out the right sources of news... and, by the way... when I say right sources of new, that DOES NOT include ANY news originating in the U.S..

    May 2, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Aidrius

      What's funny is that US news sources are probably the least government censored of any news source in the world. I will, however, agree with you that there is a huge bias, a liberal one that is often anti-American. That said, I hope you don't live in the US with all of the crap coming out of your mouth.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Busted: the picture was photoshoped

    Check this out to see the truth

    May 2, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Diego

    ding dong, binladens dead

    May 2, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Busted: the picture was photoshoped


    Check this out to see the truth

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

      911 was an inside job we all know it. Congrats to Obama? Why? what has he done? Perhaps thanks to all the tax payers.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mason gristhworth

    welll guys i really loved bin ladenn but i cant understand how yall could discrase him like that your in my prayer binlad

    May 2, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Diego Chong


    May 2, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
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    May 2, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joseph Habedank

    umm..did anybody not see transformers 2?..megaton?..heeellooo

    May 2, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Busted: the picture was photoshoped

    May 2, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Lupe

      First of all Obama wants to look good to make us believe that something good came out of war, selections is coming up soon so he needs to make up something to win your votes.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charley52

    yeah...osama gone with the wind.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    Anyone who believes that Osama was buried at sea, There is no way that we don't have that body under top secret custody. Like someone said earlier, we wouldn't give him a grave site for terrorists to worship. I bet if we said we sent him to sea there's people who would try to go and dive to find that body. We definitely have his corpse, and if anything, it'll probably be burned and kept somewhere for the rest of eternity.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. zeki gulli,, kurd

    the big killer killed the smaller killer .
    the smaller killer killed for allah.and for what killed the big killer for money , or dollar.

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

      You're right. True Muslims are killers, for Allah. The ones who aren't are just bad at following their faith. We need to stop beating around the bush and call a spade a spade.

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