Monday, May 2, 2011

Obama: World safer with bin Laden dead

As reactions poured in from all over the world to the announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. operation, President Barack Obama declared it "a good day for America."
"Our country kept its commitment to see that justice is done," Obama said Monday. The world, he said, is a better place because of bin Laden's death, and the successful operation reminds Americans that there is "nothing we can't do" when they work together.

Noting that patriotic crowds have gathered across the country to celebrate, the president said, "We're reminded that we're fortunate to have Americans who have dedicated their lives to protecting ours."

"As commander in chief, I could not be prouder," Obama said at a previously scheduled Medal of Honor ceremony.

Up-to-the-minute updates on bin Laden's death

A DNA match confirms with virtual certainty that Osama bin Laden was killed in the operation, a senior administration official told CNN Monday. Officials compared DNA of the person killed with bin Laden "family DNA," a senior administration official said.

There are also photographs of the body with a gunshot wound to the side of the head that shows an individual who is recognizable as bin Laden, a U.S. government official said. No decision has yet been made on whether to release the photographs and if so, when and how.

One of bin Laden's wives identified the body to U.S. forces, a senior U.S. defense official said.

The mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- the worst terrorist attacks on American soil -- was killed by U.S. forces Monday in a mansion in Abbottabad, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, U.S. officials said.

Four others in the compound also were killed. One of them was bin Laden's adult son, and another was a woman being used as a shield by a male combatant, the officials said.

Source: CNN

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