US President Barrack Obama has announced today that Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US forces in Pakistan. The operation took place outside Islamabad in Pakistan.
Bin Laden is the supposed architect behind the horrific 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington and for many other attacks that have cost many people their lives. The al-Qaeda leader was top of the US “most wanted list” for his atrocities around the world.
He had successfully evaded both US and Allied security forces for almost a decade, since going into hiding following the attacks he orchestrated.
President Obama confirmed that he was aware of a lead to Bin Laden’s wear abouts last August and has said
“I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility
that we had located Bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan.”
“And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorised an operation to get Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice,” the president said.
Only a select few in the American administration knew of the operation and no other countries, not even Pakistan, were informed of the operation.
US embassies worldwide have been put on increased alert as a retaliation attack is expected by al-Qaeda forces.
BBC Islamic affairs analyst Roger Hardy questions the future of al-Qaeda “the Obama administration is already bracing itself for possible revenge attacks. But for many the bigger question is whether, in the longer run, al-Qaeda can survive. Since the start of the year, some experts have argued that the uprisings in the Arab world have rendered it irrelevant. They will see Bin Laden’s death as confirming the trend. Perhaps.”
Former President George W.Bush, the leader who began the “war on terror” announced that the death of Bin Laden was a “momentous achievement”. In a statement, President Bush said “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
Only time will tell as to how the death of Bin Laden will reflect on the world. All we know at the moment, is that President Obama is braced for retaliation…