Breaking: Osama Bin Laden Dead

In shocking news, President Barack Obama has announced that the conservative Islamist Osama Bin Laden, responsible for some of the most horrifying terrorism in the world has been killed by a small American strike team in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  He stated, “Justice Has Been Done.”  Bin Laden’s body was taken from the scene, and a DNA check confirmed his identity.


Twitter has been a buzz with this breaking news, with hundreds of outlets reporting on the event.  CNN has breaking video of this, although all across the main stream media, reports still appear to be firm yet sketchy in actual details.  FreakOutNation reports “Mission Accomplished” and aired a video online of the speech by President Obama.  Fox News unsurprisingly reported “OBAMA Bin Laden Dead”.

Abbottabad is a city [of 120,000] located in the Hazara region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, formerly NWFP, of Pakistan. The city is situated in the Orash Valley, 150 km north of Islamabad and 200 km east of Peshawar at an altitude of 4,120 feet (1,260 m). The city is well-known throughout Pakistan for its pleasant weather, high standard educational institutions and military establishments. –wiki

Courtesy of ABC

The Atlantic claims to have the precise location of the Mansion and compound where Osama Bin Laden was hiding out.  Above is a Google maps aerial view of the location.  Below is an oblique photo of Abbottabad.  More photos can be found on Flickr, Travbuddy, and ViewPhotos.

Massive crowds are currently gathering at the gates of the White House in celebration.  The US military forces around the world have gone on a state of high alert in preparation for possible retaliatory attacks by Al Qaeda.

He was in a mansion in Abbottabad, 90 miles north of Islamabad, Pakistan instead of hiding in a cave as commonly thought.  CNN reports it was not a drone strike, but a manned team, and that some family members may also have been killed.  The Pakistani Intelligence Service was NOT also involved in this operation as initially reported.  His location in a mansion brings up the spectre that there might have been a certain degree of collusion with some powerful elements within Pakistan to keep him hidden and safe, although that is speculative at this point.  The second in command of Al Qaeda, Ayman Muhammad Rabaie al-Zawahiri was not at the mansion.

Two helicopters of Navy Seal special forces flew into the high-walled compound, which seemed very out of place in the affluent neighborhood, and custom designed to hide someone. Hand to hand combat ensued.  One of Bin Laden’s sons was also killed with another person on the compound.  One of the American helicopters was destroyed in the raid, although there were no American casualties and everyone made it out.

President Bill Clinton had originally and secretly directed the Special Activities Division of the CIA to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden during his second term in office.  He also ordered the military to fire 66 cruise missiles into a Bin Laden terrorist training camp near Kost, Afghanistan in 1998.  Bin Laden escaped injury.

President Bush continued the hunt for Bin Laden, and it is widely believed that after the rough battles near Tora Bora in a mountainous Afghan region, he hid in caves and eventually escaped across the border to tribal regions in Pakistan.  Strangely enough, Osama Bin Laden was killed 8 years to the day after Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech.

For years there were no reliable intelligence reports about the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, leading to some speculation that he was actually killed previously.  That speculation has proved to be inaccurate in lieu of today’s announcement.

President Obama continued the hunt for Bin Laden, although it is currently unknown how the intelligence was gained that provided the location of his whereabouts that led to today’s raid.  Obama reportedly received intel that Bin Laden was hiding at this location in February, but that was not confirmed until a month ago.  It is unknown when the assassination op was given the green light.

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (March 10, 1957 – April 2011) was a member of the wealthy Saudi bin Laden family and the founder of the jihadist organization al-Qaeda, most widely recognized for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets. As a result of his dealings in and advocacy of violent extremist jihad, Osama bin Laden lost his Saudi citizenship and was disowned by his billionaire family. On Sunday, May 1st 2011, U.S. officials announced that bin Laden was dead. –wikipedia

Osama Bin Laden has been on the run and hiding out since shortly after the terrorist strike in the US on 9/11 where over 3000 people were killed.  There is an excellent series of videos released by PBS that provides a lot of background to who the man is, how he built up his religious extremist network of terror, and other factors.

Edit 1:25am Pacific: It appears that the entire event was inadvertently micro-blogged live by a Twitter user in Abbottabad, Pakistan by @reallyvirtual.

Edit 02May2011 2:10pm: Alternet has an excellent article that expands on peripheral aspects of this story, titled Inside His Mansion, Inside the Mission, Inside the Media Reaction.

More information as it becomes available…


16 Responses to Breaking: Osama Bin Laden Dead

  1. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Atwas911
    May 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    He has been rumored to be dead since 2001.

    But.. you cant base an invasion to catch someone if their dead.

    Now that he has “officially” been declared dead.. The department of justice is warning of “revenge” attacks against the United States.

    So.. we KNOW its going to happen.. and there will be a new monster for us to base another invasion, or additional reason to continue the one we are already in..

    Just by chance.. has there been any type of DNA testing on the body? Or perhaps a cellular examination to determine the length of time the body has been dead and if any forms of long term preservation has been used. If he’s been frozen it’ll show in the cellular membranes, unless an anti-freezing agent was used that would be shown in a toxicological report.

    Never take anything at face value when it comes out of the propaganda box..

    • -4 Vote -1 Vote +1JTK
      May 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Yes, there has been DNA testing. Cranks like you are impossible to convince. Even if you saw him shot before your eyes you would come up with some nonsensical reason to doubt it.

      • Vote -1 Vote +1Atwas911
        May 3, 2011 at 6:48 am

        I’d bet everything I own we’ve had him on ice for longer than not.

  2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Darryl
    May 1, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    It saddens me that war and the ravages of war is still going on across the world in one form or another.
    I know a lot of people will be pleased to know that Osama Bin Laden is dead but a lot of people will also be extremely angry. Surely if we know that revenge attacks are now going to take place for the killing of Osama Bin Laden, would it not have been better for an assassination team to have gone in and out without the worlds knowledge and left the world with unanswered questions? After all for many years nobody really knew anyway? Nobody would have known. And nobody would have been blamed. And less bloodshed would have been spilt. Just a thought.

  3. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1right
    May 2, 2011 at 1:17 am

    So I don’t know what world you live in where Osama died and the US wouldn’t have been blamed anyway. Yeah just go back to smoking dope nitwit.

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1s.a.abbasi
    May 2, 2011 at 2:49 am

    We all 99% Pakistanis were against Al-Qaida now after his killing in Abbottabad City I think new war will start and Pakistan our sweat Home land will suffer and more muslims pakistanis will be killed and as whole Pakistan has to pay its Price because USA is not supporting Pakistan in realistic way according to ground realities. USA must respect the willings of Pakistanis “stop drown attacks” and support us in energy, education, infrastructure, health and TRADE especially otherwise peanuts are just playing with us like kids. We need positive and practical quickest support from America. Pakistan is the country who suffered and paid all prices against this war. USA must think for majority of liberal Pakistanis not for few illetrates. Pakistan suffered about 60 billion $ over this war, and some of 400$ billions in trade and other distruction. who is responsible BINLADEN but USA must come ahead to calm down lebral Pakistan. Dr. Afia case, drown attacks and financial TRADE Support is matter not merly peanuts. Pakistanis will support to thier American Brothers and we will be more and more active for peace in the world.

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1riakhan
    May 2, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I don’t believe osama can die this


  6. Vote -1 Vote +1Jack Bishop
    May 2, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Where is the PROOF? The American people desrve to see his body! Dumping him in the ocean because that was his belief is BS! Who the hell cares about what he wanted?

    • Vote -1 Vote +1JTK
      May 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Not giving him a burial within 24 hours would have been an insult to others of his religion. You want proof? Join the SEALS and stop being a doofus.

  7. Vote -1 Vote +1fajas colombianas
    May 2, 2011 at 7:07 am

    They should show the world proof that he’s dead so that everyone could be in peace.

  8. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Atwas911
    May 3, 2011 at 12:10 am

    They should have mummified him in strips bacon, sealed his body in a glass coffin filled with pig blood, loaded into an airplane, and dropped it upon their most holy location and listen for the screams.

  9. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Helen
    May 3, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I agree. Some video footage should be peresented, comfirming his death and burrial.

  10. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1TogWoo
    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 am

    lol, All I can say is adios and good riddance! No more terror for him! Lights out!

  11. Vote -1 Vote +1Brand New Products
    May 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    The mansion with high walls does look out of place and more like a hiding place

  12. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1justice
    May 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    After the killing of bin ladden will obama solve the problem of the rest of the world?
    As the problem of Cabinda in Angola wherein millions of people die everyday injustly by the Angolan Government?

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