US forces killed Osama bin Laden in firefight


On May 1, 2011, US President Barack Obama announced that a small team of US military personnel attacked a Pakistani compound in which al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been hiding, killing Bin Laden and taking possession of his body. Bin Laden had topped the US list of Most Wanted Terrorists for his alleged role in many acts of terrorism, including those carried out in New York City and Washington DC on September 11, 2001, and the bombing of the USS Cole. As the founder and leader of al Qaeda, Bin Laden represented the highest profile terror target captured of killed by the US, and news of his death prompted a worldwide travel alert from the US Department of State. News of his death also raised questions about the legality of the military operation, and prompted calls for full operational disclosure from the UN.

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