Obama Announces Death of bin Laden

Osama bin Laden has been killed after a raid on a home in the northwest section of Pakistan. The president made a speech announcing the news late Sunday night.

Obama said he "determined there was enough intelligence to take action and authorized action." He said that "after a firefight" U.S. forces "killed bin Laden and took custody of his body." No Americans were harmed and care was taken to avoid civilian casualties, Obama said.

"We have never forgotten your loss. Today's achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people," Obama said.

Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.


Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  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.