Obama confirms: Osama bin Laden is dead; his body is in U.S. custody
Ten years after masterminding the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, has been killed and his body is in American hands, President Obama told the nation in a dramatic late Sunday announcement from the White House.
“Justice has been done,” Mr. Obama said in a somber speech from the White House’s East Room. “His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity,” the president said.
He said bin Laden was killed in a compound inside Pakistan, where he apparently had been for months. Mr. Obama said he first was briefed last August on intelligence suggesting bin Laden’s location, and said he authorized the attack last week. It was carried out earlier Sunday.
“A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability,” Mr. Obama said. “After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
Bin Laden’s death is the biggest victory the U.S. has scored in the decade-old war on terror, and comes at a time when Mr. Obama is trying to chart a way forward on the war in Afghanistan.