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The leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist network, Osama bin Laden, is dead. He was killed on Sunday by U.S. forces in northern Pakistan. This marks the end to the 10-year campaign to bring him to justice, for killing nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11th, 2001.
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan on Sunday (May 1). In a late night briefing at the White House, U.S. president Barack Obama made the announcement, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the September 11th attacks.
U.S. officials said bin Laden was found in a million-dollar compound in the upscale town of Abbottabad, 35 miles north of the Pakistani capital Islamabad. A source familiar with the operation said bin Laden was shot in the head.
According to U.S. officials, bin Laden and three adult men, including a son of his were killed along with a woman who was used as a shield by a male combatant.
The operation took under 40 minutes. A U.S. helicopter was lost due to a mechanical problem and its crew and assault force safely evacuated. (PAKISTAN-HELICOPTER CRASH World: 1028WD)
The operation was monitored in real-time by CIA Director Leon Panetta and other intelligence officials in a conference room at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.