Osama bin Laden killed

Published: May 3, 2011

Osama bin Laden’s death will be good for Pakistan in the long run. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

Osama bin Laden is dead and his body has been recovered and reportedly buried at sea by US authorities on Sunday night.

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead deep inside Pakistan in a night-time helicopter raid by US covert forces, ending a decade-long manhunt for the mastermind of the September 11 attacks.

“Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama declared in a dramatic televised address late Sunday, sparking raucous celebrations across the United States, after an operation that officials said lasted less than 40 minutes.

World leaders welcomed the news of bin Laden’s killing but warned that Al-Qaeda’s willingness to wreak havoc was undimmed and that the possibility of reprisal attacks meant vigilance was more important than ever.

Pakistan’s main Taliban faction Monday threatened to attack Pakistan and the United States, calling them “the enemies of Islam”.

End of live updates

7:45pm

Osama bin Laden’s British step-grandson said Monday he found out about the terror chief’s death through a text message which read: “Your grandad is dead. Watch the news.”

Bin Laden’s fourth son Omar, 30, married British woman Jane Felix-Browne, 54, in 2007. Married several times before, she is now known as Zaina Alsabah-bin Laden.

The couple were not at home Monday and her son Dean Lomas said they were currently abroad. Neighbours said they had not been seen for more than a week.

Lomas said he learned of developments during the night thanks to a text message from a friend then checked it out on the Internet.

He said: “It read ‘Your grandad is dead. Watch the news’.

“The grandad thing is a bit of a running joke with everyone.

“I went on my Facebook page and news of his death was all over it.”

Lomas said he had not yet spoken to his mother about the al Qaeda leader’s death.

She has previously insisted that her husband had no contact with his father since they were both in Afghanistan in 2000.

7:25pm

The mansion where Osama bin Laden was killed in a surgical raid was a bloodstained mess with overturned furniture and blood-soaked carpeting, US television footage showed Monday.

Footage broadcast the day after the raid by US network ABC showed blood on the floor in one room of the Abbottabad house and broken computers stripped of their hard drives in another.

The grainy and somewhat shaky film footage shows what appears to be a massive hole in the exterior wall of the building. A disheveled platform bed was also seen in the now ramshackle dwelling.

The images were the first to be broadcast since the assault Sunday to Monday when a US Navy SEAL team dropped from helicopters into the heavily fortified villa bin Laden used as a hideout.

7:15pm

Islam is opposed to burials at sea, a spokesman for Al-Azhar, the top Sunni Muslim authority, said on Monday after US officials said Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been given a watery grave.

“If it is true that the body was thrown into the sea, then Islam is totally against that,” Mahmud Azab, an adviser to the grand imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, told AFP.

“Any corpse, if it belongs to someone murdered or someone who died of natural causes, must be respected,” said Azab, the adviser to Al-Azhar’s chief for inter-religious affairs.

“The bodies of believers and non-believers, Muslim or Christian, must be respected,” he said, adding that Tayeb was due to issue a formal statement.

“Islam only accepts burials” unless it is inevitable like for those who drowned, he said.

The Cairo-based Al-Azhar is the most prestigious centre of religious learning in the Sunni Muslim world.

6:45pm

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking to the media, said that the operation had been a “broad, deep and impressive effort”.

The United States will continue to “take the fight” to the Taliban in Afghanistan following the US killing of Osama bin Laden, she said.

Clinton said that the partnership and close cooperation with Pakistan had helped put pressure on al Qaeda and that continued cooperation was important in the coming days. She went on to add that the fight against al Qaeda will not end with the death of bin Laden.

“You cannot wait us out, you cannot defeat us, but you can make the choice of abandoning al Qaeda,” said Clinton in her message to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

6:30pm

Eye-witnesses spoke to Reuters and recapped a firsthand view of the operation

“We rushed to the rooftop and saw flames near that house. We also heard some gunshots,” said Mohammad Idrees, who lives about 400 metres from the compound.

“Soon after the blast, we saw military vehicles rushing to the site.”

Pakistani soldiers stopped reporters approaching the compound, which was surrounded by a fabric or canvas screen.

Television pictures from inside the house showed blood stains smeared across a floor next to a bed.

Another resident, Nasir Khan, said commandos had encircled the compound as three helicopters hovered overhead.

“All of a sudden there was firing towards the helicopters from the ground,” said Khan, who watched the drama unfold from his roof.

“There was intense firing and then I saw one of the helicopters crash.”

Residents said they were astounded to learn bin Laden had been in their midst. One neighbour said an old man had been living in the compound for the past 10 years.

“He never mixed much, he kept a low profile,” said the neighbour, Zahoor Ahmed.

“It’s hard to believe bin Laden was there. We never saw any extraordinary movements,” said another neighbour, Adress Ahmed.

6:20pm

Al Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian surgeon considered the real mastermind of the global terror franchise, is now set to succeed Osama bin Laden as the world’s most wanted man.

Zawahiri has been hiding ever since the United States declared its war on terror after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

While bin Laden was seen as al Qaeda’s inspiration, his deputy is believed to be the real brains that steered operations, including the September 11 attacks, and as a result arguably even more dangerous.

The former eye surgeon’s position as bin Laden’s main strategist and mentor earned the 59-year-old a $25 million bounty on his head.

6:10pm

CIA director Leon Panetta warned that terrorist groups “almost certainly” will try to avenge bin Laden’s killing.

“The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him, and we must — and will — remain vigilant and resolute,” he said.

In the backdrop of killing of al Qaeda leader, Inspector General of Sindh Police Fayyaz Ahmad Laghari ordered police to further beef up the security in whole Sindh province.

5:20pm

The US special forces team that hunted down Osama bin Laden was under orders to kill the al Qaeda mastermind, not capture him, a US national security official told Reuters.

“This was a kill operation,” the official said, making clear there was no desire to try to capture bin Laden alive in Pakistan.

Chief Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti has said that the provincial government was not aware of the operation against Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.

5:00pm

“Groups allied with Al-Qaeda are expected to react,” Rahimullah Yusufzai, an expert on tribal affairs, told AFP.

“They will not let this loss go un-noticed, and their Jihadist allies and Pakistani Taliban will show some reaction by conducting suicide attacks.”

President Hamid Karzai called on Taliban guerrillas to learn a lesson from bin Laden and stop fighting.

Violence is at record levels and the militia at the weekend announced the start of the new fighting season.

Imran Khan reaction

Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf Chief, Imran Khan has said that the United States should end its counter-terror operations in Pakistan after Bin Laden’s death.

He said that so far 34,000 people had been killed as a result of drone strikes and added that the strikes were the cause of a surge in suicide attacks.

4:35 pm

According to a report in the Telegraph, Bin Laden’s body has been buried at sea under heavy security.

Burying bin Laden’s body at sea would ensure that his final resting place does not become a shrine and a place of pilgrimage for his followers.

US officials said the CIA tracked bin Laden to his location, then elite troops from Navy SEAL Team Six, a top military counterterrorism unit, flew to the hideout in four helicopters.

Bin Laden was shot in the head in an ensuing firefight, these officials said, adding that he and his guards had resisted his attackers.

US personnel identified him by facial recognition, the official said, declining to say whether DNA analysis had also been used.

4:30 pm

Iran said on Monday the death of Osama bin Laden has removed “any excuse” for the United States and its allies for deploying forces in the Middle East under the pretext of fighting terrorism, AFP reports.

4:25 pm

Former President General Pervez Musharaf says Osama bin Laden’s death is good news for Pakistan – but terms it as a direct violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

In an exclusive interview with Express News, the former president said Osama had declared a war against Pakistan.

He believes that instead of a covert operation by the US troops, Pakistan’s Special Operations Task Force should have carried out the operation.

4:05 pm

The Pakistani Taliban threatened attacks against government leaders, including President Asif Ali Zardari, the Pakistan army and the United States on Monday, after the killing of Osama bin Laden in the country.

“Now Pakistani rulers, President Zardari and the army will be our first targets. America will be our second target,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

4:00 pm

The Palestinian rebel group Hamas on Monday condemned the killing by US forces of Osama bin Laden and mourned him as an “Arab holy warrior”, Reuters reports.

“We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood,” Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, told reporters.

Though he noted doctrinal differences between bin Laden’s al Qaeda and Hamas, Haniyeh said

“We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.”

3:55 pm

Pakistan’s main Taliban faction on Monday threatened to attack Pakistan and the United States after the US confirmed that Osama bin Laden had been killed near the Pakistani capital, AFP reports.

TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan spoke to AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location and said:

“If he has been martyred, we will avenge his death and launch attacks against American and Pakistani governments and their security forces,”

“These people are in fact the enemies of Islam,” he added.

The Taliban spokesman said the militia had not itself managed to confirm bin Laden’s death, which was announced by US President Barack Obama.

“If he has become a martyr, it is a great victory for us because martyrdom is the aim of all of us.”

3:50 pm

As the world braces for a militant backlash after Bin Laden’s death, supporters of his violent campaign took to militant Internet sites to vow revenge.

“The lions will remain lions and will continue moving in the footsteps of Osama. O Allah, America will not enjoy safety and security until we live it in Palestine,” one user wrote on the Shumukh al-Islam forum.

“The celebrations are amusing. Cheer all you want infidel, you only have a limited amount of time in this life in which to do it,” another wrote.

While some experts said that bin Laden’s death would damage al Qaeda’s brand image, and perhaps lead the organisation to fracture still further along geographical lines, most predicted attacks would continue.

“The United States will unfortunately suffer, because militants have a tendency to avenge their slain chiefs,” warned Matthieu Guidere, a French academic who specialises in the Arab world.

3:40 pm

Osama bin Laden’s ancestral homeland Yemen on Monday welcomed his death as “the beginning of the end of terror” while his acolytes called it a “catastrophe” but vowed to keep up jihad, or holy war.

“We hope the killing of Bin Laden will be the beginning of the end of terror,” a Yemeni government official said, asking not to be identified.

Saudi and Yemeni al Qaeda branches merged in January 2009 to form the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and have been posing a serious threat to US interests as well as Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A member of AQAP on Monday admitted to AFP that the chief of the extremist network had been killed, calling it a “catastrophe.”

3: 35 pm

India seized on the killing of Osama bin Laden deep inside Pakistan on Monday, saying it showed once again that its long-standing rival remained a haven for militants, AFP reports.

“We take note with grave concern that part of the statement in which President Obama said that the fire fight in which Osama Bin Laden was killed took place in Abbotabad “deep inside Pakistan”,” Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said in a statement.

3:30 pm

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reports that roads leading up to US consulate in Karachi are patrolled heavily by security vehicles.

3:14 pm

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said US operation should end now that Osama bin Laden is dead, reports Express 24/7.

3:00 pm

With the killing of Osama bin Laden on Sunday, al Qaeda has suffered a body blow but US officials and analysts said the damaged terror network could still stage a devastating attack, AFP reports.

In announcing the US operation that killed Al-Qaeda’s architect at a Pakistan compound, President Barack Obama said “no doubt that Al-Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us” and vowed to remain “vigilant.”

2:40 pm

Japan, a key US ally, on Monday welcomed the death of Osama bin Laden and said it would step up security at military bases in case of possible reprisal attacks.

“We welcome this significant progress in counter-terrorism measures, and I pay respect to the efforts by the officials concerned, including those in the United States and Pakistan,” said Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

2:30 pm

NATO’s chief hailed the death of Osama bin Laden on Monday but said the alliance will continue its mission in Afghanistan to prevent it becoming a terrorist haven again.

2:00 pm

Talking to Express 24/7, Major Gen (R) Jamshed Ayaz said it is a big event for Pakistan and the US and that America has exploited it with Obama coming on TV but our govt has not done any such thing.

He said the operation is hardly of any importance but that the intelligence is extremely important.

He feels that Pakistan should take credit for this and should not be afraid of a backlash. “We must prepare for it,” he added.

“The PM should have come out and said what the army, ISI have done and given the govt credit, but the government is not politically astute.”

He feels that if the US was solely responsible for the operation, the question then falls to Pakistan’s sovereignty.

1:50 pm

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday called on Taliban guerrillas to learn a lesson from the death of Osama bin Laden and stop fighting against his US-backed administration.

1:45 pm

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday hailed the killing of Osama bin Laden as a “great outcome in the fight against evil.”

“The world has been waiting for this news for 10 years,” Berlusconi said.

“This is a great outcome in the fight against evil, in the fight against terrorism, a great outcome for the United States and for all democracies.”

The death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is a “decisive step in the fight against international terrorism,” the Spanish government said Monday.

“The government considers the death of Osama bin Laden in an operation by US special forces and secret services to be a decisive step in the fight against international terrorism and wants to congratulate US President Barack Obama and his government and armed forces,” it said in a statement.

1:30 pm

Local resident of Abbottabad told Express 24/7 that the helicopters made a deafening sound and flew over their heads.

He said that there was shelling and sounds of loud blasts as the choppers went towards the city and circled surrounding areas.

“We were terrified,” he said. “We were told to stay away in case we get hit.”

1:15 pm

Here is the Foreign Office’s statement regarding the death of Osama bin Laden:

In an intelligence driven operation, Osama Bin Laden was killed in the surroundings of Abbottabad in the early hours of this morning. This operation was conducted by the US forces in accordance with declared US policy that Osama bin Laden will be eliminated in a direct action by the US forces, wherever found in the world.

Earlier today, President Obama telephoned President Zardari on the successful US operation which resulted in killing of Osama bin Laden.

Almost, 30,000 Pakistani civilians lost their lives in terrorist attacks in the last few years.

More than 5,000 Pakistani security and armed forces officials have been martyred in Pakistan’s campaign against al Qaeda, other terrorist organizations and affiliates.

It is Pakistan’s stated policy that it will not allow its soil to be used in terrorist attacks against any country. Pakistan’s political leadership, parliament, state institutions and the whole nation are fully united in their resolve to eliminate terrorism.

1:00 pm

From Robert Fisk’s account of meeting Bin Laden:

Osama bin Laden – in the only meal I took with him – was more ascetic.

“We will now pray and then eat,” he announced the last time I met him, on a mountain in Afghanistan. There were many prayers – not by me – but little food.

Bin Laden sat next to me on the ground, a tablecloth laid on the bare earth in front of us, mosquitoes swooping from the hot sky. He sipped hot sweet tea, he ate white cheese on top of the big, floppy naan bread so popular in Afghanistan and Pakistan, he bit at an onion head and he drank yoghurt.

Then he went back to his tent to warn me that he prayed to God that He would permit him – Bin Laden – and his followers “to turn America into a shadow of itself”.

Robert Fisk is a noted war correspondent and the author of Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. He is one of the few reporters to have interviewed Osama bin Laden.

12:50 pm

According to Reuters, the body of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was taken to Afghanistan after he was killed in Pakistan and was later buried at sea, the New York Times reported on Monday.

12:40 pm

The Express Tribune’s executive editor M Ziauddin told Express 24/7 that Pakistan would like to be seen as not having helped in this operation because it would be the immediate target for the terrorist network -  America is too far way.

12:30 pm

Pakistan’s foreign office issued a statement that Pakistani forces did not take part in this operation.

Express 24/7 correspondent Sumera Khan says that the draft released by the foreign office is “very carefully drafted” as the officials took time to make a public statement.

Khan says military is deliberately staying away from this matter and is not indulging in media statements.

12:15 pm

Express 24/7 anchor Quatrina Hussain says OBL compound is a “treasure trove” for intelligence agencies in terms of the information that they can obtain.

12:10 pm

An Inter-Services Intelligence spokesperson tells The Express Tribune that it was a highly sensitive intelligence operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, however he was not at liberty to provide any more details at the moment.

12:05 pm

Wafaqul Madaris spokesperson Abdul Quddus tells The Express Tribune that there have been no instructions issued to madaris in Pakistan as yet in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death. A statement – with possible instructions – is expected within the day.

12:00 pm

Lieutenant Gen (R)  Hameed Gul told Express 24/7 that Osama may have been in Pakistan for treatment, but that his presence raises questions about the Pakistan intelligence’s ability.

Gul asks why the news was kept a secret if US officials knew about Osama’s whereabouts snice August 2010. He said that the secrecy and timing of the news was planned.

Gul was critical of America’s operation in Abbottabad, saying the message being given out is that

“America can come in at will and attack any target Pakistan ,” and added that “They have hoodwinked us, they want to go for Pakistan’s nuclear targets.”

Gul says there will be a backlash from al Qaeda if it transpires that Pakistan helped the US in this operation. Pakistan has not been targeted by al Qaeda previously, and Gul maintained that Bin Laden has “looked kindly” upon the country.

11:55 am

Israel on Monday celebrated the assassination of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden at the hands of US forces in Pakistan as a “resounding victory for justice.”

“The state of Israel joins the American people on this historic day in celebrating the elimination of Osama Bin Laden,” Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office, according to AFP.

11:50 am

Express 24/7 correspondent Sumera Khan says the injured are now being treated at a nearby hospital.

11:45 am

Shahzad Ahmed Mir defence analyst told Express 27/4 that he feels Bin Laden’s death will “not mean a lot” as far as the al Qaeda war is concerned. According to Mir, he was only symbolic on most fronts, Zawahiri and others are already doing the job for him.

“A dead Bin Laden is more valuable to his followers than living one. It will give further impetus to his followers,” he said.

Mir said that no operation on Pakistan can take place without permission of Pakistani security officials and that he feels that the US provided only air support.

11:30 am

World is a safer place without Bin Laden, prime minister of New Zealand prime minister.

11:45 am

Afghan officials confirm that Bin Laden is dead.

11: 40 am

CBS news reports that Bin Laden was killed after being shot in the head.

11:35 am

Express 24/7 correspondent Huma Imtiaz reports from Washington that Osama Bin Laden may reportedly be buried at sea.

11:30 am

Security analyst Brig (R) Mehmood Shah told Express 24/7 that Osama’s death is a most opportune time for Obama because he is now getting into re-election and this incident really boosts his chances.

Brig Shah said Bin Laden’s death is a big setback for the al Qaeda network as he was an iconic figure for them and inspirational head for small terrorist organisations depicted to be working on behalf of al Qaeda.

According to Brig Shah, Zawahiri’s capture, if true, is good news as he would have been the next in line leader for the al Qaeda network.

He said that Pakistan should go on high alert immediately.

11:25 am

Express 24/7 correspondent Sumera Khan reports that DG ISI Lieutenant-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha is due to meet President Zardari today for a one on one meeting and will convey General Kayani’s message. They will decide on a statement that will be issued to the nation.

11: 20 am

Express 24/7 correspondent Sumera Khan reports that people in Abbottabad are stunned at the operation that took place early Monday morning, and that the mood in the area “is not celebratory.”

11:10 am

Osama’s death is good news: Iran

11:05 am

Brigadier (Rtd) Ghazanfar speaking to Express 24/7 says specialists always conduct such operations, while the Pakistan Army will assist in cordoning the area, conducting investigations, making arrests and it is impossible the Army was not kept in the loop.

11:00 am

Defence analyst Brigadier (Rtd) Ghazanfar speaking to Express 24/7 says al Qaeda is a professional organization and will develop new leadership to replace Osama Bin Laden.

10:50 am

Express 24/7 correspodent  reports from near the mansion where the operation took place, and says that locals say two brothers were living there for 7 years, in a double story home guarded by a sophisticated security system.

Locals say they have just met two persons who were brothers and have not seen other people living in that house.

10:45 am

Al Jazeera reports that Bin Laden’s body has been taken to Bagram Base in Afghanistan.

10:40 am

Details emerged that a helicopter that had been downed at 1.30AM on Monday morning in Abbottabad was in fact a US military chopper which was part of the operation to nab Bin Laden.

Initial reaction in Pakistan has been muted to the news but many are questioning the role of the Pakistan government and its intelligence agencies in the raid and also speculating on the possibility that Osama may have been dead at the time of the American operation.

Officials in Islamabad have privately confirmed that Apache military helicopters based in an army training centre near Abbottabad, which is used by American instructors to train Pakistani pilots, was where the operation was launched from.

One of the helicopters was hit by rocket launchers at 1.30AM Pakistan local time. “That was the time the operation was launched,” said a report in the Express News.

Officials have also said that all those in the compound in Abbottabad, which was located next to the Pakistan Military Academy – an institution where army cadets are trained.

Other analysts have said that most al Qaeda high profile figures have been found or arrested from within major urban centers in Pakistan.

Local authorities say that at least 20 people were killed in the attack. These included Pakistani and Arab-origin persons. This could not be independently confirmed.

On Monday morning, following the US operation, local police and military personnel cordoned off the area where the raid took place.

Residents  and media could not gain access to the compound. Residents were frightened after sounds were heard and helicopters.

10:30 am

Khan reports that Bin Laden’s eldest son was killed in the operation along with Bin Laden. Military and govt have not given official statement confirming any deaths.

Khan reports that the operation was led by US forces in Bilal Town area of Sikandrabad in Abbottabad.

10:15 am

Express 24/7 correspondent says no statement has come from the Pakistani government regarding Bin Laden’s death.

10:05 am

The death of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden will bring “great relief” across the world, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday. “Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the worst terrorist atrocities the world has seen – for 9/11 and for so many attacks, which have cost thousands of lives, many of them British. It is a great success that he has been found and will no longer be able to pursue his campaign of global terror,” Cameron said in a statement.

10:00 am


Express 24/7 correspondent Sumera Khan reports that Bin Laden’s right hand man Aymen al Zawahiri has also allegedly been arrested  but the news has not been confirmed by the government or military.

Khan reports that Bin Laden’s two wives, and six kids are also captured, according to Pakistani sources.

9:45 am

A US operation that killed Osama Bin Laden on Sunday also left three men and a woman dead, including a son of the as Qaeda chief, officials told AFP.
Obama also acknowledged the help of the Pakistan intelligence agencies in the capture and mentioned that he had spoken to President Zardari following the operation.

This implied that the American operation had tacit Pakistani support and cooperation.

 

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Reader Comments (1)

  • Mohil Patel
    May 5, 2011 - 1:37AM

    Osama Bin Laden was one of the “Most Wanted Terrorist” for America. He was convicted of doing the 9/11 Twin Tower attack that killed so many people. Also in many other cases, he was been involved.

    Suddenly on Monday 02nd May 2011, I found out in the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed in the shoot out and his body was buried in the sea. I am not really satisfied on this issue and see that if there are reasons that suggest Osama Bin Laden is dead, their can be reasons that imply him been still alive. On the other hand, the way how evidence was presented in the news, it may seem that he is dead.

    Why I believe that Osama Bin Laden still may be live?
    There are few reasons that would still make me personally think that Osama Bin Laden can be alive. They are because quite a few times, I noticed Osama Bin Laden death in news in previous news long time ago. The photo shown is not clear. The operation only took 40 minutes and the body was thrown in the sea. It is hard to believe that he might be in trouble with his bodyguards with his in the defence.
    1) Previously few times it has been mentioned in the news:
    I have always noticed quite a time that in the newspaper and Internet articles, they mention about Osama Bin Laden death. It was obvious, that it just a rumour because to catch someone like him is not going to be easy and also he would not die easily. It can be thee same case this time but, it seems obvious because; the news went on the whole day.
    2) The Photo did not seem clear:
    In the news, the photo was not clearly shown of what Osama Bin Laden looked like. The last time how Osama Bin Laden looked like years ago, he would not look the same because; his face would have changed. Also after injuries, in the photo shown, it did not satisfy me to believe that it would be Osama Bin Laden. The main reason was colour of his beard did not match to the one that he normally would have. There are reasons like this that makes it hard to believe whether it was Osama Bin Laden or not.
    3) It only took 40 Minutes to finish the Operation:
    Searching and tracking Osama Bin Laden was never easy for America or any other nations. Then suddenly, they found him and killed. In contrast looking at so many years of trying to catch him, it cannot be easy for any to do something in “40 Minutes”.
    4) Did they tell Osama Bin Laden to surrender?
    The whole point of CIA to use weapons in the operation is for their self defence. Also, they should only would someone, if they are getting violent. But in this case, they had killed Osama Bin Laden in the head to complete the operation. I do not see point of them shooting him in the place that can kill him. He should be caught alive and court trial should be set to expose the real culprits involved. If they had to shoot, they could have shot him in his leg to control him so at the end of the day, they could take him with him.
    5) Osama Bin Laden was thrown on the sea:
    If anyone is killed, CIA does not have the rights to throw the body away on the sea to dispose it. After someone is been shot or been killed by the CIA, the body has to be taken away of post-mortem. This implies the full examination of whether if that was Osama Bin Laden or not. How can I believe if this was Osama Bin Laden after thrown in the sea?
    6) There would be bodyguard looking after Osama Bin Laden:
    Osama Bin Laden is going to have a lot of bodyguard that is going to be in his defence. I do not see a way CIA would be able to get through to defeat him. Also there would be protection that would surround the building in depths to stop anyone coming through. Also Osama Bin Laden is likely to get the information in advance if the CIA is going to come.
    7) It could Osama Bin Ladens Duplicate:
    It is very obvious that they can be more than one person that would have the same face. The terrorist organisation does understand how important Osama Bin Laden is for them. As a result, they would not risk him and he would be staying elsewhere secretly where nobody would any anything. This could be a lot safer for him and would misguide the CIA. Can that not happen?
    Why I believe that Osama Bin Laden may be dead?
    On the other hand, I would believe Osama Bin Laden would be dead on news that was presented. The DNA sample and family getting caught shows concrete evidence. The place where he was found contains terrorist camps and there he was killed.
    1) In the news it was shown very obviously:
    The news introduces live pictures from where Osama Bin Laden was killed. It was not just one news channel, but more that one news channels showed the same the news and in the same style to depth. This implies that it can be real and evidence was introduced in depth on how the operation was taken step by step.
    2) The DNA Test Sample:
    The DNA sample would introduces symptoms that Osama Bin Laden would have and could match it with what they have and see if it concurs. The DNA Sample would make it much obvious. This can imply if it was Osama Bin Laden killed in the shoot out.
    3) One of the family members is caught:
    Wherever Osama Bin Laden would go, it would not just be his bodyguard; but his family would follow as well. As a result, in this operation, one of his family members were killed and injured. Also during the investigation, anyone caught from his family can reveal truth.
    4) The USA president Barack Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden specially:
    USA president Barack Obama had specially come to announce what had happen and this makes it obvious because; he would know first. Also the president in any nation would be trusted easily and would come out with information that exists. Moreover, it would have been the president that would have sent the CIA to accomplish the operation.
    5) Most of the terrorists/terrorist camps are in Pakistan and Osama Bin Laden was their:
    In Pakistan, it has been proved that they have terrorist camps and they train them in Pakistan on those activities. Also, it is likely that Osama Bin Laden would have hidden there because it was report that he his residence in Pakistan.
    6) All of Osama Bin Laden guards were killed:
    For CIA to get hold of Osama Bin Laden they would have to kill his bodyguards and that would have happened. This is because; CIA has trained officers with them that can control the situation and that would have helped them to get rid of Osama Bin Laden later. This time, they could have come with better officers and way to approach the operation.

    What happens if Osama Bin Laden dead?
    The General Public:

    If Osama Bin Laden is dead, the people would feel relieved in terms that their revenge is taken. This is because; a lot people had died and their family and relatives wanted justice. As a result, they got it. Moreover, they would also believe that major terrorist attacks would not be carried out and the general public would feel a lot safer in that way.
    Other Nations:
    Other countries would be satisfied in terms that terrorist would not attack easily because; they would understand the consequence. People that have their relative living in America and if they lost them on the 9/11, they would be relieved just like how the people in America are. Also without the main leader it is not going to be easy for them to prepare anything. In another nation, they would not have any contacts because; it will only be Osama Bin Laden that would have higher contacts wherever they would want to have terrorist attacks on another nation or not. As a result, not just America but other people from other nations would be a lot safe. This introduces positive impact on other nations.
    The Prime Ministers and Politicians:
    One of the major issues for the Prime Ministers and Politicians was to deal with the political issues, which widely involved terrorist attacks and killing of innocent citizens. This would have made a big difference in terms they would not have be a lot worried as it has brought an end to it by the death of Osama Bin Laden. As a result, they can concentrate on other areas that would be beneficial to them and how they can develop the society and community better.
    Other terrorist would be demoralised:
    The terrorists would not be able to do anything without the support of their main person. Also the death of Osama Bin Laden would have put them is a large shock. Besides, many of their people were killed in the operation and they had to face a lot of damages. This shows negative influence as overall and they would need time to regroup and more importantly select who is going to be the “boss” for them. There can be dispute internally and can break the group down a lot more.

    What happens if Osama Bin Laden is Alive?
    The General Public:

    For Osama Bin Laden being alive was never any benefit to the American citizens as to what they had experienced. Also, they would not have gained their revenge or justice for what they had lost. The main drawback to them would be that they may experience another serious terrorist attack if Osama Bin Laden is alive. As a result, the general public life is still in danger and they need to be a lot careful.
    Other Nations:
    Osama Bin Laden contains several networks around the world. It is not only Osama Bin Laden but, any terrorists from any terrorist organisations would have the network connection in more that one location and other nations. In future, if any terrorist attack is going to happen in another nation, nobody is going to know. That would only be because; the main person that if declared dead happens to be alive for some reason. This implies that several nations would still under the terror threat ad they would not find out who is responsible for it.
    The Prime Ministers and Politicians:*
    The Prime Ministers would not be able to focus on other ways how to develop the society and community into a better atmosphere. This would only be because; the main terrorists are still alive and they could do anything to spread disturbance around the world. As a result, it makes it much harder for Prime Ministers and Politicians to put any of their plans into practice.
    Other terrorists would be encouraged:*
    Other terrorists would feel confident and they would not have to worry. Also to build larger group, it would be much easier approach. This implies that in all ways they have the benefit and are able to can execute their plan easily of a terrorist attack. As a result, they can intimidate the public and make it really unsafe for the people.

    Pakistan’s Involvements:
    Pakistan has been involved in terrorist attacks many times and proved by secret agencies. The London bombing in July 2005, few suspects from Pakistan were arrested. Also, they have been blamed for the Mumbai attack in 2008 and one of their terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab is arrested in India. It also been shown that Pakistan are running terrorist camps to train the terrorist and suicide bombers. Referring to the history of Pakistan and their politics, I believe that Pakistan was hiding Osama Bin Laden to keep him safe from the trouble and away from America. It may seem that only looking at history, it may not be enough to prove Pakistan involvement but, there are other evidence putting together with the history would make them one of the bigger culprits. On the whole think Pakistan says that they do not know anything, but I totally disagree with this because Osama Bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan from a long time and want him to be safe as years ago it was reported by the American secret agencies. This implies that they are hiding the truth and want to get away. If they did know anything in regards to this, they should have taken action in order to help the CIA and America.
    Media’s Involvements:
    Is the Media right all the time? The Media would want influence the story wherever they can to earn their USP (Unique Selling point). Also they have the advance technology to introduce the images and build up on that to make up the story. If the audience response is going to be very highly positive, they are going to earn even more profit. There are some parts of the information’s presented by the media that does not satisfy me and may be other audience. The information shown in the news did not imply clearly how the operation was carried. In this operation they did not mention how many Osama Bin Laden bodyguards got killed by CIA. Also if the statistics were given, they would not be true and would be false. The whole point would be influence the news and make it more appealing to their audience to make then entertained and interested. They also mentioned that American CIA faced least problem. Can this be true? I believe that CIA would have faced a lot of problem but to make CIA look strong, the Media would introduce the news in a different style.
    Political involvements:
    Do we all know what is going on in the politics? There are two ways politics are going to be played on this issue. The people that believe Osama Bin Laden was a threat and they have got rid of him would believe that what happen was good. On the other hand, the people that want Osama Bin Laden to be alive for future would have played a game and hid in some other place, where he could be a lot safe. As a result, in the place of Osama Bin Laden, they would have someone duplicate that can frame the CIA. In this case, I would not believe just Pakistan, Afghanistan or America because; it would be altogether that want the share. The information can be pasted on secretly and the operation that was meant to be done by the CIA could have been leaked. As a result, they may still have Osama Bin Laden alive somewhere that nobody knows. All those politician and government in favour of Osama Bin Laden want is that the world should believe that he is dead at present. This may give Osama Bin Laden to an opportunity to attack later in the future.

    Conclusion: My final point of view on this:
    Looking at two different ways, they both counter with each other and do not explore what the truth is at all. This implies that truth is still not revealed and everything still seems to be hidden. To make it obvious and have the truth reveal, it was important for CIA to have the body in front to satisfy the audience. To make it more obvious, he should have to arrested alive. It is not just about bringing him alive in front but, mainly about exposing the real culprit because; the people believe it cannot be just Osama Bin Laden or Al Qaeda behind 9/11 attack as some people believe that it was George W Bush. People believe that George W Bush produce Taliban and Al Qaeda for his purpose. Can he not financially support them to have the political power? I would not personally blame the president but, there has to be someone from American political party that would have created the 9/11 to go on. Just by ending Osama Bin Laden life is not going to give American Citizen Justice as there has to be more names that are yet to be exposed. If anyone thinks to expose the name, that person would be killed so they fear the death. As a result, if the whole plot takes place only one person or a terrorist organisation gets blamed. On the other hand, the main person who prepared the plot would get away by saying that they were not available during the tragedy taking place. This is still not the end of it and there is yet to be exposed.Recommend

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