May 3, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

After ten years, two wars and hundreds of thousands of lives lost, 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden has been killed by US forces in Pakistan. Here, the Internet's first reactions, and its role in reporting the new biggest story in the world. Mr. bin Laden was killed in a joint raid overnight Sunday in Pakistan's northwestern district of Abbottabad, some 40 miles from Islamabad, according to a senior Pakistani official.

The town also is home to a Pakistani military academy. Two American helicopters took part in the operation, the official said. One Pakistani helicopter involved in the raid crashed after it was hit by firing from militants.

President Barack Obama made the announcement late Sunday at the White House.

U.S. President Barack Obama announces U.S. forces in Pakistan killed al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden in a firefight in the city of Abbottabad. Obama said bin Laden's death was justice for the Sept 11, 2001 terror attack.
The development capped a manhunt of more than a decade for the architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that left nearly 3,000 people dead and dramatically altered U.S. foreign policy and the nation's sense of security.