This is a short Blog. We have only a few things to say. The Victims of the attack against our country, the United States of America, on September 11th 2001 have been avenged. The mastermind of these attacks, Osama bin Laden died in a fire fight with American and Afghanistani troops.
Two senior counterterrorism officials confirmed to the Associated Press 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.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on the killing of Osama bin Laden: “I commend President Obama on the announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden. “Today, the American people have seen justice. The leader of the United States’ top enemy has gotten what he deserves for orchestrating the deaths of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans on September 11, 2001. “In 2001, President Bush said ‘we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.’ President Bush deserves great credit for putting action behind those words. President Obama deserves equal credit for his resolve in this long war against al-Qaeda.
“This great success would not have been possible without the tireless work of countless brave men and women who have served around the world in this War on Terror.”
Bin Laden was apparently killed in a “human operation” that was based on actionable intelligence in a mansion outside of Islamabad, Pakistan, according to CNN.
But, by his own account, not even bin Laden anticipated the full impact of using 19 suicide hijackers to turn passenger aircraft into guided missiles and slam them into buildings that symbolized U.S. financial and military power. Nearly 3,000 people died when two planes struck New York’s World Trade Center,
a third hit the Pentagon in Washington and a fourth crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania after passengers rushed the hijackers. “Here is America struck by God Almighty in one of its vital organs,” bin Laden said in a statement a month after the September 11 attacks, urging Muslims to rise up and join a global battle between “the camp of the faithful and the camp of the infidels.” In video and audio messages over the next seven years, the al Qaeda leader goaded Washington and its allies. His diatribes lurched across a range of topics, from the war in Iraq to U.S. politics, the subprime mortgage crisis and even climate change.
The details of the death of bin Laden have not been released including when this ocurred.
May 2, 2011
By MARK MAZZETTI and HELENE COOPER
WASHINGTON — After years of dead ends and promising leads gone cold,
the big break came last August.
A trusted courier of Osama bin Laden’s whom American spies had been
hunting for years was finally located in a sprawling mansion 35 miles
north of the Pakistani capital, close to one of the hubs of American
counterterrorism operations. The compound was so secure, so large,
that American officials guessed it was built to hide someone far more
important than a mere courier.
What followed was eight months of painstaking intelligence work,
culminating in a helicopter assault by American military and
intelligence operatives that ended in the death of bin Laden, and
concluded one of history’s most extensive and frustrating manhunts.
American officials said that bin Laden was shot in the head after he
tried to resist the assault force, and that one of his sons died along
For nearly a decade, American military and intelligence forces have
chased the specter of bin Laden throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan,
once coming agonizingly close and losing him in a pitched battle at
Tora Bora, in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. As Obama
administration officials describe it, the real breakthrough came when
they finally figured out the name and location of Bin Laden’s most
trusted courier, whom the Qaeda chief appeared to rely on to maintain
contacts with the outside world.
Detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison had given the courier’s
pseudonym to American interrogators, and said the man was a protégé of
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the confessed mastermind of the Sept. 11
American intelligence officials said Sunday night that they finally
learned the courier’s real name four years ago, but that it took
another two years for them to learn the general region where he
Still, it was not until August when they tracked him to the compound
in Abbottabad, a medium sized city about an hour’s drive north of
Islamabad, the capital.
C.I.A. analysts spent the next several weeks examining satellite
photos and intelligence reports to determine who might be living at
the mansion, and a senior administration official said that by
September the C.I.A. had determined there was a “strong possibility”
that bin Laden himself was hiding there.
It was hardly the spartan cave in the mountains where many had
envisioned bin Laden hiding. Rather, it was a large mansion on the
outskirts of the town center, set on an imposing hilltop and ringed by
12-foot-high concrete walls topped with barbed wire.
The property was valued at $1 million, but it had neither a telephone
nor an Internet connection.
American officials believed that the mansion, built in 2005, was
designed for the specific purpose of hiding bin Laden.
Months more of intelligence work would follow before American spies
felt highly confident that it was indeed bin Laden and his family who
were hiding in the compound — and before President Obama believed the
intelligence was solid enough to begin planning a mission to go after
the Qaeda leader.
On March 14, Mr. Obama held the first of what would be five national
security meetings in the course of the next six weeks to go over plans
for the operation.
The meetings, attended by only the president’s closest national
security aides, took place as other White House aides scrambled to
avert a possible government shutdown over the budget.
Four more similar meetings to discuss the plan would follow, until
President Obama gathered his aides one final time last Friday.