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U.S. Troops Kill bin Laden, President Says

The terror leader was killed in a town outside of Islamabad, Pakistan, Obama said.

President Obama confirmed just before midnight Sunday that U.S. troops killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Alexander Milan Filipov of Concord was killed in the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, according to online databases.

The president addressed the nation in a televised speech from the East Wing of the White House.

"I can report to the American people and to the world, that the U.S. has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden," Obama said.

"Shortly after taking office, I directed … the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority," said the president. "At my direction, the U.S. launched a targeted operation … No Americans were harmed …After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden."

Obama said the special forces took possession of bin Laden's body after the shootout.

"The U.S. is not – and never will be – at war with Islam … bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims," said the president.

"To the families of 9/11, we have never forgotten your loss," he said.

What do you think about this news, Concord? Let the community know in the comments section.

Bill Montague May 02, 2011 at 08:17 PM
I know that Osama bin Laden was a extreamly bad person! We all can agree on that! What bothers me about this incident is - the President of the United States giving orders to our armed forces to capture or kill another person! Would our founding fathers, who started this great nation have approve of giving our Preident that power? Our nation is based on setting an example of what Democracy is all about. I also belive this is the best form of government any nation can have. In WWII President Truman gave the order to drop the "A" bombs on Japan, a nation we were at war with. It was an extreemly difficult decison that Truman had to make - I must say the greatest decison any president of this nation had to make, so far. That order killed untold thousands of people and wounded thouseands more. But I find I am able to back his decision that he made at that moment in the history of WWII. I find myself unable to back the decision to order our troups to kill another human no mater how bad that person is. To capture and bring him to trial would be an order I could accept. The most successful and powerful nation on earth - in my estimation - needs to set an example of just what Decmoracy means to all people on earth. Decomoracy has provent to be the best for of government the wold has come up with so far. It's all history now and it canot be changed. But we can change the future.. Thanks for listening! Cheers! Bill Montague

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