Osama bin Laden, 9/11 Mastermind and Al-Qaeda Leader, Killed

Osama bin Laden, the highly sought-after Al-Qaeda leader who has eluded U.S. authorities for nearly a decade after orchestrating the September 11 terrorist attacks, was killed in an operation launched by the U.S. forces, President Barack Obama announced at the WhiteHouse just before midnight on May 1.

“I can report to the American people and to the world, that the US has conducted an operation that killedOsama bin Laden,” Obama said in an address that was preceded with multiple news reports of bin Laden’s death.

According to Obama, shortly after he took office, he directed the CIA to “make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority.”

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