From ABC news:
By DEAN SCHABNER and KAREN TRAVERS (@karentravers)
May 1, 2011
Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst
terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, President
Obama announced tonight.
The president called the killing of bin Laden the "most
significant achievement to date" in the effort to defeat al
"Justice has been done," Obama said.
Bin Laden was located at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,
which was monitored and when the time was determined to be
right, the president said, he authorized a "targeted
"A small team of Americans carried out the operation," Obama
said. "After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and
took custody of his body."
DNA testing confirmed that it was bin Laden, sources told
Obama said tonight that he was briefed last August on a
possible but "far from certain" lead to bin Laden, but it
took many months for the intelligence community to "run this
thread to ground."
"I met repeatedly with my National Security team as we
developed more information about the possibility that we had
located Bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside
Pakistan," the president said.
"Finally, last week I determined that we had enough
intelligence to take action and authorized an operation to
get Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice," he said.
Sources said the attack was carried out by Joint Special
Operations Command forces working with the CIA.
Several of GCP's analysts agreed that this was an obvious
event for inclusion in our formal series, and discussed the
The GCP event was set for a 24 hour period beginning with
the first public presentation of information in the form of
a tweet at 22:24 ET, a little more than an hour before
President Obama made the formal announcement at 23:35.
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