President Barack Obama Confirms Osama bin Laden Death
Nearly ten years since the tragic attacks of September 11th, 2001, President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden has been killed by American CIA forces.
Obama explained, "His death does not mark the end of our effort. There's no doubt that al-Qaida will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant.”
Former President George W. Bush, who began the current war on terror also stated, "The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."
President Obama reported that he personally ordered the operation that saw bin Laden shot and killed at a mansion in Pakistan, noting, “No Americans were harmed.”
And hopefully it will stay that way, though an anonymous source warned that terrorists may be looking to exact revenge. “In the wake of this operation there may be a heightened threat to the homeland and to U.S. systems and facilities abroad. Al Qaeda operatives and sympathizers may try to respond violently to avenge Bin Laden’s death and other terrorist leaders may try to accelerate their efforts to strike the United States. But the United States is taking every possible precaution to protect Americans here at home and overseas.”
Upon hearing the news, crowds of people in New York City, including “Parks and Recreation” actor Rob Lowe, congregated in Times Square to celebrate.
Below are pictures of the celebrations in Washington, D.C. and Times Square (May 1-2).