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02 May 2011 :: 13:05:14 pm 53426

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

Osama Bin Laden has been killed in a US operation in Pakistan, President Barack Obama announced on Sunday night at the White House
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According to various sources in the White House and in Pakistan, Bin Laden has been killed in a mansion outside the capital of Islamabad, nearly 10 years after the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon, killing more than 3000 people.

Hundreds of people have gathered outside the White House, cheering and chanting “USA! USA!” and singing the national anthem.
“The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s efforts to defeat al-Qaeda,” President Obama said.

Mr. Obama said last August he was informed about the whereabouts of bin Laden, who was reportedly hiding in a compound deep within Pakistan. Last week, in a meeting with less than five National Security Council, President Obama gave order to plan attack on compound on the morning of April 29.

President Obama gave final order for the attack on 1 May, which he described in his speech as resulting in a “firefight” in which no U.S personnel were injured.

“Shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda,” Mr. Obama said.

“Tonight, we can say to those who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror, justice has been done.”
Mr. Obama said bin Laden was killed after a firefight with a U.S. team, and his body is currently in U.S. hands.

The Saudi-born al-Qaeda leader became the face of global terrorism. While his death is a victory for the anti-terror crusade by the U.S. and its allies, his death will not put an end to the fragmented network of terrorist cells that reach across the world.

“Al-Qaeda is an organization that evolved into an ideology, with Osama bin Laden’s message receiving widespread attention in the Muslim world,” said Peter Bergen, one of the rare Western journalists who has met Mr. bin Laden in person.
“Clearly, the ideology will survive Osama bin Laden’s death.”
According to Rohan Gunaratna, author of Al-Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, Al-Qaeda has delegated their attacks to regional players in East Africa, Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East, local radical partners it inspired and funded over the years.

“It will be a messy blow to the main al-Qaeda structure but the threat of terrorism will continue”, the author said.

Bin Laden has reached out to various associated groups such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines, Jemaah Islamiah, elsewhere in Southeast Asia, the Salafi Group in Algeria and other rebels in Indonesia and Yemen. These groups provided training facilities, replacing the al-Qaeda’s camps in Afghanistan.

“These groups play an equally important role. We are seeing terrorist capabili
ty in the regional, local Islamic radical groups,” Mr. Gunaratna said.

Since September 11, 2011 al-Qaeda movement has been severely crippled as it lost its sanctuary in Afghanistan. Top operational planners such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah have been captured while others are killed including Muhammad Atef.
Over 3,000 alleged members or supporters have been arrested while more than 600 of them currently suffer in indefinite detention at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The U.S. and its allies have seized massive supplies of weapons, handbooks, computers, videotapes and other electronics such as satellite and cellular phones, that can be examined to retrace their former owners’ activities and whereabouts.
Financial regulators have frozen tens of millions of dollars in assets from individuals and groups alleged to be raising funds for terrorism.

However, al-Qaeda crusade still has influence in various attacks elsewhere. It has been accused of being involved in the deadly 2002 bombings in Bali which killed hundreds as well as the uprising in Libya and Yemen and last week’s bombing in Marrakesh that left 15 people dead in the country’s deadliest attack since 2003

Report By: cbsnews

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