“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. 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. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
UPDATE: 8:45 p.m. President Obama confirmed Osama bin Laden’s death during his speech to the nation. He also gave details on how the terrorist leader was found and killed by U.S. forces.
Obama said that shortly after taking office, he and the director of the CIA made the war on terror’s top priority to be the killing or capturing of bin Laden. The president received information last August of Osama hiding in a compound outside of Pakistan, far from the mountainous regions of Afghanistan that many thought him to be hiding in.
The president told the nation that on Sunday by his direction, a targeted operation was launched to take down bin Laden and the small team that did so was sucessful.
Obama said that the death of bin Laden is “the most significant moment to date” for the war on terror.
The president also made clear that the U.S. will never be at war with Islams or Muslims and that Osama himself was not a Muslim and had in fact murdered Muslims.
“His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and dignity,” the president noted.
He finished his speech by saying the American people did not choose this fight but will not tolerate being threatened. He thanked those who worked to achieve the outcome of bin Laden’s death, and also mentioned that he and the U.S. have never forgotten the families who lost loved ones on 9/11.
“Let us remember that we can do these thing not because of wealth and power, but because of who we are, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Posted 8:30 p.m.
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad along with other family members, according to CNN sources.
DNA tests have been done to confirm the body is indeed bin Laden’s. U.S. officials have the body of bin Laden, according to congressional and administration sources.
Fox News is reporting it has been told by sources that bin Laden was killed in a U.S. missile strike last week.
President Obama is expected to make a statement momentarily to tell the world bin Laden is dead.
Crowds formed outside the White House after the news broke, waving flags and singing the national anthem.
Bin Laden was the leader of al Qaeda, the terrorist network behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Watch President Obama’s speech confirming the death of bin Laden.