Osama bin Laden is officially dead. President Obama confirmed the news in a statement last night, referring to it as “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.”
“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” Obama said. “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
The body was reportedly buried at sea.
Once news of bin Laden’s death hit the public, celebrations and parties began taking place all over the nation. People crowded in celebration at ground zero, the White House and other national landmarks to show their support for the President and is decision to kill one of the most wanted people in the world.
Celebrations continued throughout the night and into this morning.
The death of Adolf Hitler was announced on the same day (May 1st) in 1945.
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