Shortly before midnight, President Barack Obama addressed the US and the world to announce that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US forces.
The ex-leader of global jihadist organisation al-Qaeda had been found in a compound not far from the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. The property, which has been described as a mansion, was also close to the leading military training facility of Pakistan and was in the affluent area of Abbottabad, raising questions about whether the Pakistani government was aware of bin Laden’s presence in their country.
An operation was authorised which culminated in the death of bin Laden last night.
President Obama had reported that intelligence had been gained about bin Laden’s whereabouts approximately four months ago and a final decision to act was reached last week. An operation was authorised which culminated in the death of bin Laden last night.
In the US, the news has been received with much jubilation with Americans arriving outside the White House within minutes of the announcement, bearing flags and chanting “USA, USA”.
Unconfirmed reports have suggested that bin Laden has been buried at sea, a move which stops anyone from establishing a shrine to him. The decision to bury him within twenty-four hours was taken to stay in keeping with Islamic tradition.
…the war on terror is certainly not complete.
Though the death of Osama bin Laden has sparked celebration in the short term, President Obama was clear to point out that the War on Terror is certainly not complete. Bin Laden had not been the strategic leader of al-Qaeda for some time and many jihadist groups are not affiliated with the organisation.
The issue of revenge has been raised by many experts, which has split opinion on the decision to kill bin Laden. However, for now, the US’s public enemy number one has been eliminated.