Monday, May 2, 2011

Obama officially declares bin Laden dead

Source: Press TV

The United States President Barack Obama has announced that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead after he was found hiding in a compound in Pakistan.

"The US launched a targeted operation on that compound... No Americans were hurt. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden, and took his body," Obama said in a televised speech.

"The US has never been and will never be in fight with Islam," he said, adding that bin Laden was also a mass-murderer of Muslims.

The development comes almost ten years after the September 11 attacks on the United States.

On September 11, 2001, a series of coordinated attacks were carried out in the United States, leaving almost 3,000 people dead.

During the incident, 19 reported "al-Qaeda terrorists" hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners and crashed two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings.

The hijackers crashed a third airliner into The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

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