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Osama bin Laden
Originally posted 04/24/2015 07:45PM
Italian officials arrested nine suspected Islamist extremists on Friday and said they may have plotted an attack against the Vatican in March 2010.
Originally posted 03/13/2015 04:50PM
Osama bin Laden remained an elusive, frightening figure until his death in 2011.
Originally posted 11/07/2014 06:50PM
An upcoming FOX News documentary with the ex-SEAL who claims to have shot and killed Osama bin Laden has prompted the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Command to write an open letter with a bit of advice for any SEAL looking to capitalize on their covert work: Don't do it.
Originally posted 12/09/2012 11:35AM
Success, as they say, has many fathers. In the killing of Osama bin Laden, proud papas from President Obama to SEAL Team 6 earned kudos aplenty – and justifiably so, given the monstrosity of bin Laden's crimes. But with all due respect to all those dads, it's time to meet Mom.
Few people know the identity of the real-life female CIA agent who hunted bin Laden, but Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow calls her Maya in Zero Dark Thirty, which stars Jessica Chastain in the role, as well as Kyle Chandler and Jennifer Ehle. You'll recognize Maya before we've even been properly introduced, because she's the only pretty redhead in Pakistan assisting in the waterboarding of a detainee.
Originally posted 12/15/2011 08:00AM
Katie Couric says that 2011 was a year of "revolutions, disillusionment, disappointment, frustration, despair, courage and hope."
Couric will host the ABC two-hour special "The Year," in collaboration with PEOPLE, airing on Dec. 15 at 9 p.m.
But first, she looked back on the year with PEOPLE.
Originally posted 05/02/2011 05:30PM
In the end, it took a few great men to take down Osama bin Laden.
So just how great are the guys who make up the unit credited for killing public enemy No. 1 in a firefight in Pakistan on Sunday? Meet the Virginia-based SEAL Team 6, who are expected to return to the United States soon without fanfare, then await their next mission.
"Their job is to kill terrorists," Jim Hanson, former Weapons Sergeant with the Army's 1st Special Forces Group, tells PEOPLE. "They are the most deadly shooters we have. These are the people we call on when we need to use hard, deadly force."
Originally posted 05/02/2011 10:40AM
Many Americans were already asleep on Sunday night when President Barack Obama addressed the nation to say that U.S. military operatives killed Osama bin Laden in a mansion in Pakistan's Abbottabad Cantonment earlier in the day.
"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," the president said in the East Room at close to midnight Eastern time.
The Chief Executive – who briefed former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton before he spoke to the public – termed bin Laden's death "the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda."
Watch the President's entire address above.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 05/02/2011 08:00AM
Before he announced to the nation that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a strategic raid by American Special Forces, President Obama personally briefed his predecessors, George W. Bush, who launched the War on Terror during his tenure in office, and President Bill Clinton.
Said former President Bush in a statement: "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."
Clinton's statement said: "This is a profoundly important moment not just for the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in al-Qaida's other attacks but for people all over the world who want to build a common future of peace, freedom, and cooperation for our children. I congratulate the President, the National Security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks."
Originally posted 05/02/2011 07:00AM
Osama bin Laden, America's Public Enemy No. 1 for the past decade, has been buried at sea in accordance with strict Islamic law, it is being reported Monday morning. The ritual follows his death on Sunday in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan.
Positive identification of his remains was made by the American military prior to the disposal of his body, say news reports.
As word of bin Laden's death spread, as was confirmed by President Barack Obama in a late-night special address from the East Room of the White House, large groups of people gathered around the United States, including outside the White House, on college campuses and at Ground Zero in New York City, where nearly 3,000 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001, in an attack ordered by bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist group.
Emotions at these rallies were mixed: celebratory of the death of a mass murderer, yet somber for those whose lives were lost, and watchful for possible reverberations from the death. At Ground Zero, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was sung.
Originally posted 05/01/2011 11:10PM
Osama bin Laden has been killed, President Obama said Sunday night in an historic 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday live statement from the White House.
"We give thanks to the men who carried out this operation," he said, citing those who pulled off the mission in Pakistan as exemplifying patriotism at its finest. America can accomplish "anything we set our mind to," Obama added, calling the completed mission the "most significant achievement to date in the fight against Al Qaeda."
Ending a nearly 10-year manhunt, "actionable U.S. intelligence" led to the strike that killed bin Laden, the criminal mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that left 3,000 people dead on U.S. soil. The tip about the Al Qaeda leader's whereabouts first came last August, the President said, and on his order Sunday, "a small team of American commandos killed bin Laden and took custody of his body. His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace."
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