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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Osama bin Laden Killed in Abottabad, Pakistan, Mansion

President Barack Obama announced tonight that Osama bin Laden, the founder and top leader of Al Qaeda, was killed by a U.S. military operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bin Laden was staying in a mansion in a relatively urban area.

Obama said the intelligence on bin Laden's location was obtained in August 2010 and the operation has been planned for months. Bin Laden was killed during a firefight with U.S. forces. No Americans were killed in the attack.

UPDATE: We've Killed Bin Laden, What Happens Next?

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