Attack on Osama bin Laden was years in the making
May 3rd, 2011
08:46 AM ET
3 years ago

Attack on Osama bin Laden was years in the making

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union." Watch her on "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday.

(CNN) – In the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, a picture is emerging of a long, complex, dangerous and circuitous route to the compound that was the site of the special forces attack.

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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden
All in a front page: Newspapers cover the death of Osama bin Laden
May 2nd, 2011
10:04 AM ET
3 years ago

All in a front page: Newspapers cover the death of Osama bin Laden

(CNN) – Take a look at how newspapers around the country covered the death of al Qaeda leader bin Laden by clicking the headline above.


Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda
Responses to bin Laden’s death
May 2nd, 2011
10:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Responses to bin Laden’s death

(CNN) - Former presidents, former and U.S. officials, members of Congress, governors and potential presidential candidates responded to the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden Sunday night.

Former President George W. Bush:
“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • Congress
Potential GOP presidential candidates react to bin Laden's death
May 2nd, 2011
10:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Potential GOP presidential candidates react to bin Laden's death

(CNN) – Potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates issued statements following bin Laden's death.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:
"It is unusual to celebrate a death, but today Americans and decent people the world over cheer the news that madman, murderer and terrorist Osama Bin Laden is dead ... Welcome to hell, bin Laden. Let us all hope that his demise will serve notice to Islamic radicals the world over that the United States will be relentless is tracking down and terminating those who would inflict terror, mayhem and death on any of our citizens."
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Filed under: 2012 • Al Qaeda
Clinton: 'Justice has been served'
May 2nd, 2011
09:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Clinton: 'Justice has been served'

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that "Osama bin Laden is dead and justice has been done."

"I want to offer my thoughts and prayers" to families of those killed due to bin Laden's campaign of terror, she said.
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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • Hillary Clinton
Poll: Americans were skeptical bin Laden would be captured or killed
May 2nd, 2011
09:17 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Americans were skeptical bin Laden would be captured or killed

Washington (CNN) – Prior to the killing of Osama bin Laden, polls indicate Americans had become increasingly skeptical that the terrorist leader would be captured or killed.

Soon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 78 percent of the public thought it was likely that the founder and leader of al Qaeda would be captured or killed, with only 21 percent of the public saying it was unlikely that bin Laden would be captured or killed.
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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • CNN poll • Polls
U.S. forces kill elusive terror figure Osama bin Laden in Pakistan
May 2nd, 2011
08:20 AM ET
3 years ago

U.S. forces kill elusive terror figure Osama bin Laden in Pakistan

(CNN) - DNA matching is under way on samples from the body of slain terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden, a U.S. government official told CNN on Monday.

There are photographs of the body with a gunshot wound to the side of the head that shows an individual who is not unrecognizable as bin Laden, the official said.

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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • President Obama
May 2nd, 2011
02:46 AM ET
3 years ago

Americans take to the streets amid news of bin Laden's death


(CNN) – Americans broke into celebration early Monday in a show of patriotism against the man who committed his life to attacking U.S. citizens, while those directly affected by Osama bin Laden's terrorist plots quietly reflected on the closure finally gained from his death.

Just before President Barack Obama announced to the world late Sunday that bin Laden was dead, a crowd began to form outside the White House gates.

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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda
The U.S. anticipates al Qaeda 'threats of retaliation'
May 2nd, 2011
02:43 AM ET
3 years ago

The U.S. anticipates al Qaeda 'threats of retaliation'

(CNN) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security expects "threats of retaliation" from al Qaeda in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death, a department official told CNN early Monday.

"We certainly anticipate threats of retaliation - this is an organization that declared war on the United States more than a decade ago - threats from al Qaeda are not a new phenomenon," the official said.

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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda
May 2nd, 2011
02:33 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama tells families of 9/11 victims that 'justice has been done'


Washington (CNN) – In direct and emotional terms, President Barack Obama informed the nation and the world Sunday night that a U.S. operation in Pakistan earlier in the day killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden almost 10 years after terrorist attacks that killed thousands.

"I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children," the president said, looking directly into the television camera in the East Room of the White House for the statement broadcast nationwide on short notice.

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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • President Obama
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