The most wanted man on the America’s list of most wanted has reportedly finally done with after he was said to have been tracked and killed by a special unit of America’s military.
At last, the myth of Osama Bin Laden has been finally put to oblivion after the man described as the most deadly terrorist in the world was done with by an American ground operation in Abbotabad, Pakistan who stormed his residence, killed him and buried him inside a nearby sea.
Bin Laden myth buried in the sea.
President Barrak Obama, addressing the United States and people across the globe shortly after 11.30pm on a Sunday night from the East Room of the White House, said that the Saudi-born Islamist had been killed on Sunday in an American ground operation in Abbotabad, Pakistan.
He concluded: “Justice has been done.”
As crowds gathered outside the White House waving American flags and singing “The Star Spangled Banner”, Mr Obama confirmed the news that had already leaked out, stating that “the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda”.
The American president said that “a small team of Americans” had killed bin Laden and taken custody of his body following a firefight earlier on Sunday.
He disclosed that the original intelligence about his whereabouts had been briefed to him last August and that he had authorised the operation last week.
His wording, and mention of Leon Panetta, the CIA director, strongly suggested that CIA operatives, possibly working with US Special Forces troops, crossed the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to kill the al-Qaeda leader. No Americans were injured or killed.
Mr Obama hailed the “tireless and heroic work” of the American military and intelligence agencies and thanked Pakistan for its assistance in the operation.
The most wanted man in the world was living in a secure compound in the town of Abbottabad, 60 miles north of the capital Islamabad.
His fortress-style property – described as “custom built to hide someone of significance” – was only a short distance from the Kakul Military Academy, which trains officers of the Pakistan army.
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The academy is one of several military strongholds in the town.
His proximity to Kakul prompted questions over how much the Pakistani security services knew about his whereabouts.
It had been thought previously that bin Laden might be living in a remote cave on the Afghanistan – Pakistan border.
His death was disclosed by US President Barack Obama at 4.30am (BST), who said the al-Qaeda chief’s compound had been under surveillance since August last year.
Built in 2005, it had walls which were 12 to 18ft thick and topped with barbed wire. There were no telephone or internet services connected to the property.
US officials said bin Laden had been tracked to the house by the CIA and then elite troops from Navy SEAL Team Six, a top military counterterrorism unit, had struck.
They swooped on the hideout in four helicopters and during a firefight, the terrorist was shot in the head.
Bin Laden and his guards had resisted arrest, according to US officials.
Mr Obama said no Americans had been hurt in the raid, before adding: “Justice has been done.”
It is understood that bin Laden has already been buried at sea after being identified.
By Caroline Gammell, telegraph.co.uk 12:38PM BST 02 May 2011
Osama’s myth lives on as pictures of his death (shown below) are said to be fake
An image apparently showing a dead Osama bin Laden broadcast on Pakistani television and picked up by British newspaper websites is a fake.
The bloodied image of a man with matted hair and a blank, half-opened eye has been circulating on the internet for the past two years. It was used on the front pages of the Mail, Times, Telegraph, Sun and Mirror websites, though swiftly removed after the fake was exposed on Twitter.
It appears the fake picture was initially published by the Middle East online newspaper themedialine.org on 29 April 2009, with a warning from the editor that it was “unable to ascertain whether the photo is genuine or not”.
The Daily Mail was one of the newspaper websites to publish the fake picture of Osama bin Laden’s body.Since then, however, the image has been claimed as genuine on a number of conspiracy forums and used to substantiate claims that the terrorist responsible for the 9/11 bombings had been killed.
The Guardian was one of the few sites to hold back from using the manipulated image on its front page, reporting the picture’s existence in its live blog but questioning its legitimacy.
The image is based on a genuine photograph of Bin Laden taken in 1998 and used by the Reuters news agency.
On Twitter, a composite including the other photograph used to make the image was posted by @HannahMarbina and other users showed how easy it was to find the image already online with a simple search.