President Barack Obama announced that U.S. elite forces killed Osama bin Laden nearly a decade after the devastating attacks of 9/11.
There was celebration in the streets all over the United States last night as President Obama revealed that the al Qaeda leader had been killed in a minutes-long battle with U.S. Navy SEALS.
"I can report to the American people, and the world, that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden," the president stated during a press conference from the White House late Sunday evening. "Justice has been done."
For years it was believed that Osama was hiding in a cave, but he was tracked down to a custom-built hideout near a Pakistani military academy. ABC News reported that President Obama had the option of bombing the encampment where Osama was staying, but that there wouldn’t have been any proof of his death.
The operaton took less than 40 minutes for about 24 troops to complete, Osama and his bodyguards initially put up a fight, but officials report that the terrorist leader was killed by a shot to the head. No U.S. forces were harmed during the risky mission.
Shortly after his death, Osama’s body was taken into custody and buried at sea. Three other men were also killed during the raid, including one of Osama’s sons, who officials will not name. A woman, who was used as a human shield by one of the al Qaeda men, was also killed in the firefight. Two other women were injured.
However, Barack was quick to point out that even with this achievement the war on terror is not over, stating, "Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must—and we will—remain vigilant at home and abroad."
As the president states in the video below, Osama’s capture and death has been a top priority for this administration.
This news comes less than a week after the president released his long-form birth certficate for public view. Likewise, the announcement of Osama’s death has been met with similar skepticism.
One YouTube user, khehra703, wrote, "I wanna see his body." Meanwhile there’s word that some of Barack’s other detractors want to see a death certifcate for the al Qaeda leader.
The Associated Press reports that DNA testing and other methods of examination have confirmed that Osama is dead. U.S. officials stated, though, that the DNA test alone resulted in a "99.9 percent" certainty that the body sent to sea earlier today was Osama’s.
One person not questioning the death is former president George W. Bush, who congratulated Barack on the milestone. “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,” George said in a statement. “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
— Sonya Eskridge