Monday, 2 May 2011
Osama Bin Laden is dead and the
is in custody of the body, according to CBS News Capitol Hill Producer Jill Jackson’s Twitter, citing a House Intelligence committee aide. United States
Osama Bin Laden was killed along with family members in mansion during a
U.S. operation outside according to the CNN newswire. Islamabad
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died and his body is in the
United States, according to Al Jazeera’s correspondent in the Afghan capital of , Al Jazeera reported May 1. Bin Laden’s death was also confirmed by Kabul officials, Reuters reported. U.S.
A Pakistani official confirmed May 2 to CNN that a
operation using Pakistani intelligence, not an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, killed Osama bin Laden. Eyes on the target would have confirmed bin Laden’s death at the scene. U.S.
United States has killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and recovered his body, according to numerous media reports May 1 citing officials. U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to make an announcement on the subject. It is not clear precisely how bin Laden was killed or how his body was recovered, but the assertion that he is dead is significant. U.S.
Bin Laden had become the symbol of al Qaeda, even though the degree to which he commanded the organization was questionable. The symbolic value of his death is obvious. The
can claim a great victory. Al Qaeda can proclaim his martyrdom. United States
It is difficult to understand what this means at this moment, but it permits the Obama administration to claim victory, at least partially, over al Qaeda. It also opens the door for the beginning of a withdrawal from
, regardless of the practical impact of bin Laden’s death. The mission in Afghanistan was to defeat al Qaeda, and with his death, a plausible claim can be made that the mission is complete. Again speculatively, it will be interesting to see how this affects Afghanistan strategy there. U.S.
Equally possible is that this will trigger action by al Qaeda in bin Laden’s name. We do not know how viable al Qaeda is or how deeply compromised it was. It is clear that bin Laden’s cover had been sufficiently penetrated to kill him. If bin Laden’s cover was penetrated, then the question becomes how much of the rest of the organization’s cover was penetrated. It is unlikely, however, that al Qaeda is so compromised that it cannot take further action. But as we’ve come to see, al Qaeda prime hasn’t really had a direct governing hand in most of the organizations activities and attacks around the world. The nodes in North Africa, the
Arabian Peninsula and elsewhere have been effectively self sufficient for years. Bin Laden’s death likely won’t affect their operations tactically.
At this early hour, the only thing possible is speculation on the consequences of bin Laden’s death, and that speculation is inherently flawed. Still, the importance of his death has its consequences. Certainly one consequence will be a sense of triumph in the
. To others, this will be another false claim by the United States . For others it will be a call to war. We know little beyond what we have been told, but we know it matters. United States
U.S. President Barack Obama said the
conducted an operation that killed militant leader Osama bin Laden, CNN reported May 1. United States
U.S. President Barack Obama said he learned militant leader Osama bin Laden was hiding in a compound deep in
in August 2010, CNN reported May 1, quoting Obama’s national speech. The week of April 24, Obama said he determined the Pakistan had enough intelligence and authorized a small team of Americans to carry out the operation against bin Laden. Obama said no American citizen was harmed in the operation. United States
The intelligence Obama is referring to would have been extremely solid. Seeing as bin Laden’s death has been falsely reported before, Obama would have wanted to avoid a mistake this time around. The type of intelligence needed to make such a decision may have constituted delayed video evidence or perhaps even live video. Seeing as sources leaked bin Laden’s location in August 2010, plenty of evidence could have been gathered during this time.
Al Qaeda will continue to purse attacks against the
United States, U.S. President Barack Obama said May 2, adding, U.S cooperation with Pakistan helped lead the to Osama bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Obama said he spoke with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and that it is a good and historic day for both nations. U.S.
The detailed version of what led to the hit and the extent of U.S.-Pakistani cooperation in the strike is not yet publicly known, but reports so far claim that bin laden and his son were hiding in a massive compound with heavy security and no communications access when they were attacked. Two key questions thus emerge. How long was the Pakistani government and military-security apparatus aware of bin Laden’s refuge deep in Pakistani territory? Did the
Major strains in the U.S.-Pakistani relationship have rested on the fact that the
Now that the United States has a critical political victory with which to move forward with an exit from the war in Afghanistan, Pakistan now faces the strategic dilemma of how to maintain the long-term support of its major external power patron in Washington.
Six children and two wives of Osama bin Laden were arrested along with his four of his close friends in a search operation launched early on May 2 by Pakistani forces in the mountainous region 60 kilometers north of
, according to sources, Xinhua reported, citing Duniya. One of bin Laden’s sons was killed in the operation, the report said. Islamabad
Osama bin Laden was buried at sea, a
official said, CNN reported May 2. U.S.
Russia’s State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachyov welcomed the news of the death of militant leader Osama bin Laden, saying it is a leap forward for the international community’s efforts to combat global militancy, Interfax reported May 2. Kosachyov added bin Laden’s death was not the result of “mob law” which is sometimes the case in international practices.
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