Multiple news sources are confirming that President Obama will announce momentarily that Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist, has been killed by American military personnel and the country is in possession of his body. On October 7, 2008, President Obama said, “We will kill Bin Laden.” Watch:
President Obama, in his remarks announcing the operation that killed Osama bin Laden after a firefight in Pakistan earlier today, emphasized that this should be a moment of international unity, rather than division:
We must reaffirm the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. I have made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9-11, our war is not against Islam. He was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. Al Qaeda slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. His demise should be welcomed by those who believe in peace and human dignity.
,Speaking from the East Room of the White House, the President said that American forces — with the help of the Pakistanis — killed bin Laden in a firefight at a compound in Abottabad, Pakistan. Obama said that shortly after he took office, he ordered CIA Director Leon Panetta to make it the Agency’s top priority to bring bin Laden to justice. And last August, Obama said, U.S. intelligence obtained a lead on bin Laden’s whereabouts and have been following it ever since.
OBAMA: It took many months to run this thread to ground. Finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden. … Today at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of body.
Watch the speech: