The U.S. State department has confirmed that Osama bin Laden has been killed and confirmed dead by a U.S. military action that occurred in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Bin Laden has been on the FBI’s most wanted list for 10 years, and his death comes 4 months before the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
His body is reportedly in the care of the U.S. armed forces.
47,000 soldiers have been killed and wounded since 9/11 in fighting terrorism.
Critics have already doubted the claims that Bin Laden has been killed, claiming the body is a look a like.
Osama had been identified as the key operational leader in the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States.
Crowds have surrounded the White House with thousands of people cheering, waving American flags, and taking pictures celebrating bin Laden’s death.
President Obama addressed the United States late Sunday night, saying U.S. armed forces killed him in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after a firefight.
President Obama personally ordered the attack on the compound after the CIA gathered intelligence that bin Laden had been in hiding there.
DETAILS OF ATTACK
Reports coming in that bin Laden put up a fight and a helicopter was lost in the raid to kill him.
Sources say the compound bin Laden was hiding in had 18 foot walls, barbed wire, two access gates, built in 2005.
The CIA estimates the compound cost millions of dollars. No telephone or internet service was in the compound. The location of his hiding spot was located near a sports complex and resembles a resort or retirement community utilized by retired members of the Pakistani military.
The CIA computed the probability that the compound contained a high value target. People living there matched the size of Laden’s family.
President Obama gave authorization to attack on Friday. One helicopter was disabled, and 5 people including bin Laden were killed.
bin Laden was killed, both of his brothers, and a woman was killed being used as a shield by Al Qaeda members.
Osama bin Laden’s adult son was also killed.
Troops were on ground 40 minutes during the attack.
Bin Laden fought back and allegedly was shot in the head by U.S. forces. His body is now in Afghanistan and it is reported his body will be handled in accordance with Islamic practices.
Detainees in Guantanamo Bay Cuba helped to identify a courier of Osama bin Laden that was crucial in finding the compound where he was hiding.