Obama has wish about Bin Laden's last moments

By AFP
Published: May 3, 2016
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WASHINGTON DC: Five years after US special forces killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama says he hopes that in his last moments the terror mastermind realized Americans had not forgotten about 9/11.

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In an interview with CNN broadcast on Monday, Obama marked the anniversary of what many see as one of his presidency’s greatest achievements: ending the long hunt for the illusive Saudi-born al Qaeda boss.

US special forces killed bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.

“Hopefully, at that moment, he understood that the American people hadn’t forgotten the some 3,000 people who he killed,” Obama said.

Obama discussed his decision to carry out the raid despite imperfect intelligence.

“It was clear to me that this was going to be our best chance to get bin Laden,” Obama said.

“If in fact we did not take the action, that he might slip away and (it) might be years before he resurfaced.

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“We knew it was going to cause some significant blowback within Pakistan and if it wasn’t bin Laden, the costs would outweigh the benefits,” the president continued.

“Having weighed all that, I thought about the 9/11 families and their continuing pain and sense that it was important for us to bring him to justice.”

Obama leaves office in January, with al Qaeda significantly diminished by drone strikes and somewhat eclipsed by its offshoot, the so-called Islamic State group.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Khan
    May 3, 2016 - 11:57AM

    Total rubbish… what paid news and government actors will never tell us is that 9/11 was an inside job, al qaeda was created by US, OBL was trained by US, OBL was long dead after serving the interests of US, OBL was not in Pakistan and he was not buried at sea. Such a big event and to date we do not have a single picture of his dead body. Please stop falling for these dramasRecommend

  • Foazzy
    May 3, 2016 - 12:31PM

    MONEY CAN PROVE ANYTHING we have failed as a nation at the national stage by this tragic incident that never took place at that so called Abbottabad Compound. Insha Allah wrath on the liars.Recommend

  • G. Din
    May 3, 2016 - 5:52PM

    @Khan:
    Since he has not surfaced for a long time and his body has not been found, soon Muslims will be sure that he mounted a white steed and galloped off to Heaven to meet his Allah.Recommend

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