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"As the details continue to come in, there are several important points (and, at the bottom of this, several unimportant ones) to remember, and a remarkable new one to digest."
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"Justice has been done," President Obama says in a televised speech to the nation. Bin Laden, mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks and Al Qaeda leader, was killed by a CIA-led team at a compound inside Pakistan.
By Bob Drogin, Ken Dilanian and David Cloud
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
May 2, 2011, 1:18 a.m. (ET)
— Reporting from Washington —
A CIA-led team killed Osama bin Laden at a compound inside Pakistan Sunday and recovered his body, bringing to a close the world's highest-profile manhunt after a decadelong search, President Obama announced to the world Sunday night.
"Justice has been done," the president said solemnly in a hastily arranged late-night TV address from the East Room of the White House. Bin Laden, he said, "murdered thousands of innocent men, women and children" and his death was "the most significant achievement to date" in the U.S. war against the Al Qaeda terrorist network that Bin Laden founded, led and inspired.
As described by the president and top administration officials, the successful effort to track down Bin Laden centered on a man whom the officials described as a trusted courier for Al Qaeda, a protégé of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed , the operational mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
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**Osama bin Laden buried at sea, official says**
The official says it would have been difficult to find a country willing to take the remains of the terrorist leader, so the U.S. chose a water burial.
A U.S. official says Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea.
After Bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world's most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.
The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, did not immediately say where that occurred.
**Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death**
"These groups learned to speak the language we taught them. And our response was to speak in kind. The language of violence, the language of occupation—the occupation of the Middle East, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—has been the best recruiting tool al-Qaida has been handed. If it is correct that Osama bin Laden is dead, then it will spiral upwards with acts of suicidal vengeance. And I expect most probably on American soil. The tragedy of the Middle East is one where we proved incapable of communicating in any other language than the brute and brutal force of empire."
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**EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Compound Where Osama Bin Laden Was Killed**
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