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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama Bin Laden killed

Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US forces, President Barack Obama has said. The al-Qaeda leader was killed in a ground operation based on US intelligence, the first lead for which emerged last August.
CNN quoted sources as saying that bin Laden was killed in an operation based on actionable US intelligence targeting a mansion outside the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

For years after the September 11 attacks, the name of al Qaeda and the fame of bin Laden spread like a 21st-century political plague. Groups calling themselves al Qaeda, or acting in the name of its cause, attacked American troops in Iraq, bombed tourist spots in Bali, and blew up passenger trains in Spain.

The death of Bin Laden will raise huge questions about the future shape of Al-Qaeda and also have steep implications for US security and foreign policy 10 years into a global anti-terror campaign.

It will also provoke fears that the United States and its allies will face retaliation from supporters of bin Laden and other Islamic extremist groups.

Former US President Bill Clinton said in a statement: "This is a profoundly important moment not just for the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in al-Qaeda'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."

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