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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States.

A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said Sunday in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.

"Justice has been done," the president said.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States.

A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said Sunday in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, a person familiar with the situation said late Sunday.

President Barack Obama was expected to address the nation on the developments Sunday night.

Two senior counterterrorism officials confirmed that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan last week. One said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation, not by a Predator drone. Both said the operation was based on U.S. intelligence, and both said the U.S. is in possession of bin Laden's body.

Officials long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak ahead of the president.

The development comes just months before the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon, orchestrated by bin Laden's al-Qaida organization, that killed more than 3,000 people.

The attacks set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America's entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.

Al-Qaida organization was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled.

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I was watching the Mets Philly game...actually I'm still watching the game...14th inning...anyways the crowd started chanting USA, USA, USA....and that's when I heard the news...that was great....

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wow... :) good news... :) I couldn't believe it when my husband told me about it this morning...

Good job... :cool:

:bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

...I just hope there won't be 100 new binladens to carry on with their bloody crusade...

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Osama was merely one head of a hydra. Cut it off, another grows back in its place. We need to be worried about reprisals, because you know there will be some. I'm glad he's dead, but killing him made him a martyr to that cause. Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, said that Al Qaeda will "almost certainly" act to avenge this death. That's potentially more dead Americans.

I'm just saying, temper your enthusiasm with the realization that this could have far-reaching consequences to our own military presence there.

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I think those acts to avenge his death would have been/will be planned in some other form for some other reason...they don't need his death as a reason to try to kill innocent people. Bin Laden alive or bin Laden dead...that machine will keep on rolling. If that's the case, I vote for dead.

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Part of me wishes he hadn't been buried at sea, and instead have the body paraded around for people to spit at and such....but that would only fuel his supporters who would try to steal his body and place it somewhere for worshipping.

Now we need to go after the people who sheltered him...they are accessories to thousands of murders and need to be held accountable.

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Actually I'm hoping this will provide the fuel for popular support to get out of Afghanistan...

Certainly could be spun in a way to act as powerful impetus for withdrawl, if the political will is there. Clearly a possibility.

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Now we need to go after the people who sheltered him...they are accessories to thousands of murders and need to be held accountable.

Absolutely Jenny, I feel the same way...I also feel that we can't be going on worrying about living in fear......We took out one SOB, and that one SOB was responsible for killing thousands of innocent lives....Justice has been done...

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I just heard we have mile long lines of National Guard trucks headed for our coast. It's not really alarming because that happens now and then around here. Maneuvers I think, it just doesn't happen at this time of year. They usually do that stuff in the summer months.

Practice makes perfect right?

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It's underwhelming in light of what it took to get to this point.

- the invasion and endless occupation of Iraq.

- the endless war in Afghanistan.

- the endless "war on terror."

- thousands of more dead Americans.

- even more dead civilians.

- something to the tune of a trillion dollars siphoned off by war profiteers such as halliburton, k.a.c.i., and blackwater, not to mention by the pakistani govt. and karzai's cronies.

This is what used to be referred to as "bread and circus" :beatnik:

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