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. Revolution5268

    Yes finaly he is dead, 1 dead, one left to go (justin beiber must die)

    May 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marcelo

    acho isso tudo mais uma farça dos EUA com ajuda dos inluminat's...
    supostamente ele deve esta vivo, pois não foram plubicados provas de restos mortais
    tais como fotos ou video que prove o contrario.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. popeye

    Hope bin is dead ! But many will seek vengeance I'd almost bet on it ! It's time to guard are boarders because trouble's
    going to come from within !

    May 2, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. preacher

    he's not dead. obama is lying. why didn't they bring his body back so everyone would know? i don't trust any of those people in washington and anyone who does is an idiot. in obama's speech i loved his wrap up....'one nation under god' should have said the one percent nation, because all those citizens he kept referring to are his employer, the rich the one percent. wake up america or whatever this place is. i can't believe everyone's response just over a freakin video and some words out of a mouth. oh and i really loved the part about prosperity. where's that? again the 1 percent. what about the other 99 percent of us, the dung.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Think he did an Elvis?

      May 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • kingjrIII

      Hey preacher I am one of the 99% you speak of yet you fail to, or omit the fact you and all our country men who lost their lives and loved one in this global man hunt; deserve the relief they received at the hearing of the news that Bin Laden had been brought to justice. You seem angry at the fact that you too are an American and if you hadn't lost anyone in 911 you know someone who has. Why hate on their desire to believe our military and government that we accomplished our mission. If you believe the toxic waste you are spewing feel free to reply and we can debate all you want. Contrary to what you tell yourself our government does not and has not always (meaning 99.9% of the reports you hear via media outlets) lie to us, yes there is discrepancy between the wealthy 1% and lower class 99% but that does not give credence to your claim that our government is lying regarding this issue.

      May 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • B.McIntosh

      Preacher, I tolly agree. That is what I have been saying. They should have brought him to town and let everyone see his body. Obama is a muslim as is Osama Bin Laden. It is time for the rightous stand up and take our country back.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzzzz

    your said it Popeye , strouble is a commin our way ..... duck everyone!

    May 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    I come from a country where seeing is believing. 10 years of searching and all of the sudden he's been killed, dumped into the sea and his DNA comfirmed.....
    Either way, grats for your Prez and his operation, although I think it might set off a few timebombs amongst them radicals.
    Time will tell........

    May 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lupe

    Osama is too smart to get caught by idiots. Yeah right what else does the U.S Government have up their sleeves? Go tell this tale to a kindergarten kids probably they will believe.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud_American

      Lupe, the only idiot I see here is you.

      May 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. popeye

    Now he's a little mermaid.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antonio

      BAA HAA...Love it!

      May 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Proud_American

    It is a great day for Americans! It took 10 years but our troops never gave up! I couldn't be prouder of all the men and women serving our country. The battle is not over yet, but at least we have the man who was behind thousands of innocent American deaths. I am proud to be an AMERICAN!

    Whoever disagrees with me, please seek citizenship elsewhere!

    May 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antonio

      AMEN to that. Party affiliation doesn't give you the right to be DUMB!

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

      Here's just more right-wing bla-bla-bla that never ends. All these idiots have a one-track mind. How great it is to murder somebody. No wonder they call ours a sick society! How disgusting indeed!!!

      May 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Phatdaddy6399

    Okay lets face it, no one likes to take a life. So lets morn for him a second and move on. Okay im done morning. Ding Dong the witch is dead. Think about it this way, we all saw the Wizard of Oz and we all clapped and cheered at the end when the wicked witch died right! Why? Because they destroyed the evil from there world. NOW, SO DID WE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lucky

    You people are crazy his body is at sea yeah right

    May 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • B.McIntosh

      I think this could be a hoax. Let's get Donal Trump on this.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. popeye

    Maybe sponge bob will animate bin and put him in the show!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. popeye

    Hope they put shackles on him with lots of weight cause poop floats !

    May 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. B.McIntosh

    Let's be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found OBL and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!! REPOST IF YOU AGREE!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. B.McIntosh

    I am very proud to be an Anerican, but I have some doubt about what actually take place. Why was his body gotten rid of so fast.. Why was his body not brought in where everyone could see and witness this event. Where did they get the 1st DNA to compare this DNA to. I have never heard N.E. one say before, they had Bin Laden DNA. I think this is a ploy by the Obama administration to have him re-elected.

    I am very upset, that if this is true, his body was treated with such respect and according to the Islamic rules. When were we respected during 9/11.We know these crazy people are terrorist and they all need to be run out of our country or the ones that R muslim lovers need to go to theres.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
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