Osama bin Laden Dead May 1 2011: Obama Confirms Bin Laden Death
Osama bin Laden Is Dead
President Obama addressed the nation on Sunday, May 1, and indeed confirmed the news that Osama bin Laden, one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, has been killed.
This is the result of a US action in Pakistan, and he was killed by US personnel. (White House live stream: Osama bin Laden dead)
The United States has bin Laden's body in their possession, and they will confirm that he is dead. (Transcript: Obama Speech on Osama bin Laden's Death)
This result is something that has been the target of many military actions over the years, but President Obama has confirmed that Osama bin Laden is now dead.
Now the burden of proof will be very important, as the US will likely have to show the body at the very least.
Will this change the threat levels? Speculation among military officials point to the fact that threat levels will remain high for the time being as Al Qaeda tries to let people know they are still relevant and can still be a threat.
In his speech, President Obama spoke about the events of 9/11, and the devastating aftermath. Nearly 3,000 citizens lost their lives that day.
Obama said the US banded together after that day - united as one American family.
Al Qaeda openly declared war on the US, so they went to war against them to protect everyone. Obama said that over the last 10 years, thanks to the efforts of so many brave men and women, the US made great strides in the war on those who wished to harm the country.
But Osama bin Laden evaded capture.
It was last August that Obama said he was briefed on a possible lead about bin Laden. It was information about him hiding in a compound deep within Pakistan. Last week, Obama gave authorization to launch an attack against the compound, and today it was carried out.
No Americans were harmed, and after a firefight, Osama bin Laden was killed and the US took his body.
Obama warned that Osama's death does not end the effort of the US. They must remain vigilant both at home and abroad.
He said it is essential that Pakistan continue to join the US to fight Al Qaeda.
Pakistan's intelligence service confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden, and said that Pakistani operatives were also involved in the move to kill bin Laden.