Americans Rejoice With bin Laden Death

Finally. After almost 10 years since the 9/11 attacks, President Obama announced late tonight that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight by U.S. troops in an operation in Pakistan Sunday.

His body was captured by the troops and was brought back to Afghanistan.

In an address to the nation, the president told the country that he told CIA chief Leon Panetta at the start of his presidency to make killing or capturing bin Laden a top priority in the war against al Qaeda.

For many years bin Laden was thought to be hiding in the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, but he was in fact in a major Pakistani city near the capital of Islamabad -- Abbottabad .

The U.S. received a tip about bin Laden possibly living in a compound in the city last August. Intelligence officials watched the compound and the terrorist leader was killed with a shot to the head by a heroic team of Navy SEALs during a raid. No civilians or U.S. troops lost their lives in the operation.

Even though bin Laden’s death does bring a chapter of the war on terror to a close, officials are warning that it may bring a rash of attacks from terrorists who will react after hearing the news.  But even so, it’s a great day for the United States and should be a time to remember the almost 3,000 killed on that faithful day in September.

What do you think about the monumental news? Did you believe this day would ever come? Does this change your opinion of the almost decade-long battle against terrorism?

Posted by Brent Dirks on May 01, 2011

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