Osama Bin Laden is dead

Obama hat grade bekanntgegeben, dass Spezialkräfte Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan nach einem Schusswechsel getötet hätten. Von der New York Times: „President Obama announced late Sunday that Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed in a firefight during an operation he ordered Sunday inside Pakistan, ending a 10-year manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist. American officials were in possession of his body, he said. 'On nights like this one, ' the president said, 'we can say that justice has been done.'“

BIN LADEN DEAD, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS, spOnline: US-Spezialkräfte töten Osama Bin Laden: „Auf diese Nachricht haben die USA fast zehn Jahre gewartet: Qaida-Chef Osama Bin Laden ist tot. Die USA sind im Besitz seiner Leiche, seine Identität wurde durch eine DNA-Analyse zweifelsfrei bestätigt.“

Transkript von Obamas Ansprache auf Whitehouse.gov:

Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. […]

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will -- remain vigilant at home and abroad.

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Osama Bin Ladens Compound near Abbottābad, Pakistan

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The Atlantic: Osama Bin Laden's Compound Already Mapped on Google: „Bin Laden's compound is just north, as you can see below, of a hospital for women and children and a cinema. About 800 feet to the west is the Cantt Police Station. There's little information available about the station online, but a Flickr photo taken in February 2007 shows it in rough condition. The station, at that time, was "included in the demolition list of the provincial government works department," the caption claims. It's unclear who added the hideout to Google Maps or when, but it's already there -- and labeled as an 'amusement park.'“

Wireds Dangerroom: U.S. Forces Kill Osama bin Laden: „In a “compound” near an area in tribal Pakistan called Abottabad [Link zu Googlemaps], U.S. operatives engaged in a “firefight” with bin Laden’s handlers, Obama said, and killed the terrorist leader. It was the result of eight months of intelligence work, with Obama giving the order to carry out the operation last week. Obama didn’t exactly specify, but it appears bin Laden’s death is the result of a joint operation by the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command. But Obama said that bin Laden’s body has been recovered.“

NYTimes: How the bin Laden Announcement Leaked Out: „speculation was not aired out on television immediately, but it did erupt on Twitter and other social networking sites. Wishful thinking about bin Laden’s death ricocheted across the Web — and then, at 10:25 p.m., while Mr. Obama was writing his speech, one particular tweet seemed to confirm it. Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, wrote at that time, “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.” Mr. Urbahn quickly added, “Don’t know if it’s true, but let’s pray it is.” He was credited by many on the Web with breaking the news, though he did not have first-hand confirmation.“

Badass Digest: The Rock Knew Bin Laden Was Dead Before Anyone Else: „Obviously The Rock has contacts in intelligence or the military, and he found out before the rest of us.“

Al Jazeera: Osama bin Laden killed in Pakistan

According to Al Jazeeera's Rosalind Jordan in Washington, the operation had been in the making for the last 9 or 10 months. "The fact that it happened inside Pakistan, there have been suggestions that Pakistani intelligence may have been protecting them," she said.

Reporting from Pakistan, Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder said the development had caught a lot of people by surprise . "He was considered by many as a hero, but not to the extent that people would come out on the streets. The reaction so far not likely to be strong on the streets, perhaps a protest here or there by the religious parties,." he said.

Für's Archiv: Hier das Wanted by the FBI-Sheet von Osama Bin Laden, bislang noch nicht aktualisiert. Hier in groß, hier als PDF.

Weitere Links:
Skynews (Vorsicht, explizite Bilder Das Bild haben sie grade eben runtergenommen, entweder weil zu explizit, oder Fake): Al Qaeda Leader Osama Bin Laden Killed: „Pakistani television stations have broadcast what they say is a photograph of the bloodied face of the world's most wanted man after he was killed.“
CNN: Osama bin Laden, the face of terror, killed in Pakistan, CNN-Liveticker
Tagesschau: US-Präsident bestätigt Tod von Bin Laden – Der meist gesuchte Mann der Welt ist tot
Life Mag: Gallery: In The Words of Osama Bin Laden
Daily Beast: Osama Bin Laden Dead – A collection of breaking tweets and reactions from Twitter and around the web.
spOnline-Galerie: Tod von Osama Bin Laden: Jubel auf Amerikas Straßen, Osama Bin Laden: Ein Leben, um zu töten
The Atlantic Gallery: In Focus: Osama Bin Laden Killed: Worldwide Reactions
spOnline: USA im Ausnahmezustand – Die Stunde der Patrioten, Weltweite Alarmbereitschaft – US-Regierung befürchtet Racheakte
Daily Beast: Osama Bin Laden's Death: Time to End War on Terror
NYTimes: Obituary | Osama bin Laden, 1957-2011 – The Most Wanted Face of Terrorism