Osama bin Laden killed in Pakistan; Karzai reacts
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot and killed Monday in a U.S. raid on a compound outside Islamabad, Pakistan.
May 2nd, 2011
07:38 AM ET

Osama bin Laden killed in Pakistan; Karzai reacts

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he hopes the world believes that his country is "not the place of terrorism" after the announcement that the al Qaeda leader was killed in neighboring Pakistan.

"If the international troops/forces are true allies of the Afghans - they should come out and say that the killing of Afghans, children and elders which took place over the many years on a daily basis was not a good idea," Karzai said Monday on state television.

Bin Laden eluded capture for years, once reportedly slipping out of a training camp in Afghanistan just hours before a barrage of U.S. cruise missiles destroyed it.

Prior to masterminding the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, bin Laden had been implicated in a series of deadly, high-profile attacks that had grown in their intensity and success during the 1990s. They included a deadly firefight with U.S. soldiers in Somalia in October 1993, the bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa that killed 224 in August 1998, and an attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors in October 2000.

In his speech, Obama reiterated that the United States is not fighting Islam.

"I've made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims," Obama said.

Read the full story of bin Laden's capture

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  1. pamiri

    Congratulation for all world on Osama’s dead, and thanks very much USA forces that your done very bravely action and killed the man, who was the responsible for death of many human around the world, and especially he was the killer of Afghan people and the great Massoud who was assisnated by two Arabs under the Osama’s order

    From Kabul

    May 2, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NucularInternets

    Justice has been served.

    Let's thank President Obama for having the balls, the National Security staff, the Pentagon brass, and the intelligence leaders, and, most importantly, the men and women of the US armed forces and the intelligence community. Their days and months and years of effort finally paid off.

    Although bin Laden himself is less of a threat than he used to be, this is a major psychological and morale-boosting victory for this great country.

    Lastly, the victims of 9/11 may not got their relatives back, but at least they can go to bed tonight knowing that the one of the men responsible is getting chewed up at the bottom of the Indian Ocean with a bullet through his brain. The fight will continue. But we will not surrender or falter to these terrorists.

    Being an atheist, I hate to say "god", but this moment is too great to be put into complicated terms.

    God Bless America.

    May 2, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Napoli

    Ayman al-Zawahiri Is still out there along with a number of others. Even when Mullah Omar gone, there will remain plenty of work to do.

    May 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Losten Thot

    ...O.K. The SOB is dead....can we bring our troops home now. The war is won. Can't think of another reason to waste more American soldiers' lives in that toilet.....

    May 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. teamroper

    Did they wrap him inside a pig before they chucked him overboard??

    May 2, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • .ariaan afghan

      i m muslim but i think hidus r better than u pakis.

      May 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carole Clarke

    So he's dead. One down, more to go – has the feeling of an anti-climax after all these years. As for a doppelganger, he always stood out so I doubt if is a double. Certainly makes the Pakistani intelligence community look like incompetents, which they aren't. So they knew where he was the whole time and secretly backed him. But that's par for the course over there – speaking out of both sides of the mouth. Karzai jumping in with the comment about dead innocent Afghans is a try to divert attention so he was probably in on deceiving us. It's not that we are naive, just a different mind-set, different expectations. The important thing is that now Islam knows no one is beyond our reach and that we will be persistant and relentless in pursuit.
    You can accuse us of startng it and being like him but you have to understand how the world works. Throughout history, one "empire" ran the show – we're just the latest after the British, the Romans/Greeks, Persians, etc. Battling opposition of every kind comes with the turf and there will always be collateral damage to innocents. You try to minimize it but it will still happen. The worst thing is being sloppy or stupid about global economics – that affects people worse than bombs. We are guilty of that and we are also badly hurt by that. It's a sharp, steep learning curve and we need to do alot better than what I've seen so far. We have the time, but not alot of it.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      US did both: on one side they killed many innocents and even directly or indirectly caused the death of many americans and europeans. On the other hand they were stupid about the global economy. OBL still looks like a winner.

      May 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      Please do not accuse Karzai of corroborating with Pakistan to deceive the U.S. with double speak and duplicity. You could not BE farther from the truth. Afghanistan has been a willing and transparent ally against the war on terror and they, in fact, have been terrorized by Pakistan for many years. Pakistan has been playing both sides of the fence so that they could get military aid money from the U.S. Their fragile country is held together by extremism, hatred and contemp for its neighboring countires (India & Afghanistan), and the production of terrorists to further destabalize the region and, thus, get more U.S. military funding. Afghanistan is a proud, independent country that is desperate to end 30 years of war on its soil. Afghans seek peace and reject terrorism and the killing of innocent people. You cannot compare Pakistan to Afganistan. Please stop generalizing and use your brain.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. salerno

    Never believe to US military. There is a possibility that they are fabricating a photo right now.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Citadel

      You are an idiot, not just for this post but for the ones before it. But nonetheless enjoy your freedom to say whatever youd like, because were it not for the US military you would not have the freedom to do so. Whether you live in the US or elsewhere.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      citadel – don't claim merits you have not. My freedom is threatened by US military operations, as they created terrorism.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Maximus

        Shut your mouth you creep. Crawl back under the rock where you belong.

        May 2, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Max – I told you so that OBL was not in a cave, but inside a house like us. He lived last 10 years in a quite place with the family, in a more comfortable way than many US soldiers. You can try to rent the OBL's house for the summer, it is pretty nice.

        May 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan from Detroit, MI

    I'm so sick and tired of all this bravado over the murder of Usama bin Laden. I don't believe they really murdered Usama bin Laden but a look alike to make themselves look good. The true Usama bin Laden probably died 8 or 9 years ago. To celebrate someone's murder is indeed repulsive to say the least!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I did not beilieve Osama was dead, when people claimed it, I am awaiting now to see photos or proof.
      I posted many times from last years he was not in North Waziristan, but people did not believe. They were deadly wrong and I was right.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Maximus

      You're an idiot.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I understand your frustration as I was right and you wrong. When the news was reported by CNN last summer that OBL was probably not in a cave but inside a comfortable house in a normal town, I called many of you stupids, as I told you so that he was not in North Waziristan !!

        May 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Good posting,Dan. I totally agree. Thank you. All this hoopty-doo makes me sick,too.

      May 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        I'll give you the fact the media can go overboard. This IS the news of the moment and carries great consequence so is therefore somewhat justified. I would agree there is other news in the world that also needs coverage and is getting buried due to this story. I would like to see more balance.

        Please do not confuse media hype with the fact the chief jerk was killed, doubt it, or down play its importance. I certainly hope each one of you are thankful justice has finally been served, at least in part. No one ever claimed the US government worked quickly.

        May 2, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim Crint

    I hope Bin Laden is screaming in hell with the spirits of all the innocent people he has murdered and caused to be murdered sent down from heaven to poke him back into the flames ech time he trys to get out.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      If he is in the hell, surely he will find many US soldiers too.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
      • crm

        You are a idiot

        May 2, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        But you bring the banner !

        May 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WebGuru

    This Is Really Great News to the Entire World.


    May 2, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Great news ? I bet nothing will change. He was just a retired jihadist, short of money, living with just 2 body- guards, no more an operative leader. The war betwen the 2 terrorists factions will continue along the world.
      Americans will ffind the way to keep terrorists healthy, so they will kill many americans in the future as well.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        He was a retired jihadist that singlehandedly masterminded the 9/11 attacks, killing thousand of people (including muslims). It was long past due. The war on terror will continue, no doubt. America didn't start the war, but we certainly have the resolve to meet them head on. Trust me, they never expected our will to be so strong.

        May 2, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |