And has been dead for a week.
From FOX News:
Sources said bin Laden was killed by a U.S. bomb a week ago. The U.S. had been waiting for the results of a DNA test to confirm his identity.
The news is still breaking. Rumors say US Military Bases have gone to Condition Bravo as a result; however, I have no idea what that really means, other than they’re on higher alert than they were.
UPDATE: From Daily Caller:
Sources indicate that Osama bin Laden was killed in a mansion, outside of Islamabad, Pakistan. It seems that Pakistan has some explaining to do….
UPDATE: Allahpundit is all over this.
Reuters says US Special Forces killed him.
The report is bin Laden was killed in a firefight deep inside Pakistan today, and not by a bomb last week. There are reports that members of bin Laden’s family were killed with him. If this is true, Pakistani officials have a lot of explaining to do in regards to how bin Laden could be in a city deep inside Pakistan without getting caught until now.
UPDATE: He was killed in Abbottabad, 75 miles northeast of the Capital City of Islamabad, and outside the “tribal areas” — where the Pakistani government has little sway — and in an area where the Pakistani government does have control. This little bit from Allahpundit is rather striking:
A telling aside from O’s speech: He said that he called Pakistan’s president after the incident to let him know — which, presumably, means there wasn’t Pakistani cooperation after all. As I said earlier, relations between us will never be the same.
May 1, 2011
Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.
UPDATE: Jim Hoft reports Abbottabad, where bin Laden was killed, is the home of the Pakistani Military Academy. More questions the Pakistani government needs to answer.
UPDATE: ABC News reports bin Laden was in a million-dollar mansion many times larger than the surrounding residences, that the mansion was built like a fortress to hide someone, that women and children were present inside the mansion and that among those killed was a woman who had been used as a human shield.
According to U.S. officials, two U.S. helicopters swept into the compound at 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Twenty to 25 U.S. Navy Seals under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command in cooperation with the CIA stormed the compound and engaged Bin Laden and his men in a firefight, killed Bin Laden and all those with him.
Two Bin Laden couriers were killed, as was one of Osama Bin Laden’s son, as was a woman reportedly used as a shield by one of the men. Other women and children were present in the compound, according to Pakistani officials, but were not harmed. U.S. officials said that Bin Laden himself did fire his weapon during the fight.
According to Pakistani officials, the operation was a joint U.S.-Pakistani operation, but U.S. officials said only U.S. personnel were involved in the raid.
UPDATE: Sarah Palin speaks out.
Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of these brave Americans who relentlessly hunted down our enemy.
This is a victory for the American people, for the victims who were heartlessly murdered on September 11 and in Al Qaeda’s other numerous attacks, and for all the peace-loving people of the world.
May God bless our troops and our intelligence services, and God bless America!
- Sarah Palin
UPDATE: Osama bin Laden dies on Holocaust Memorial Day. Now, that’s poetic justice.
UPDATE: Key information was obtained from GITMO detainees four years ago. From Allahpundit’s updates:
Update: An Al-Arabiya correspondent claims that two of Bin Laden’s wives and four of his sons were captured during the raid. Apparently, the key to the whole operation was finding and tracking Bin Laden’s most trusted courier, a process that took years — and involved info given by Guantanamo detainees:
Some time after Sept. 11, detainees held by the U.S. told interrogators about a man believed to work as a courier for bin Laden, senior administration officials said. The man was described by detainees as a protégé of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and “one of the few Al Qaeda couriers trusted by bin laden.”
Initially, intelligence officials only had the man’s nickname, but they discovered his real name four years ago.
Two years ago, intelligence officials began to identify areas of Pakistan where the courier and his brother operated, and the great security precautions the two men took aroused U.S. suspicions.
Last August, intelligence officials tracked the men to their residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a relatively wealthy town 35 miles north of Islamabad where many retired military officers live.
So, while we’re busy thanking Obama, the troops, the Intelligence community, don’t forget to thank Bush and the GITMO policy for getting Osama.