The mastermind of terror was killed on May 2nd of 2011. Osama bin Laden, the leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda, responsible for the September 11th attacks, was killed by U.S. forces during an ambush on his not-so-secret hideout in Pakistan. The 54-year-old Islamic extremist had been the most wanted man in the world for a whole decade, before he met his demise. At approximately 1 a.m. local time, 23 United States Navy SEALs dispatched into two Black Hawk helicopters and lowered onto the compound, where one of the helicopters crash-landed, but luckily no one aboard was injured. Amid the ambush that lasted close to 40 minutes, Osama bin Laden, one of his adult sons, and three other people were killed from gunfire. After the shots were fired, bin Laden was flown to Afghanistan for official identification, and then buried in the Arabian Sea.
On May 1st at 11:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, after having monitored the raid in real time footage from a flying drone, President Barack Obama announced the death of bin Laden in a televised address. After announcing, “Justice has been done,” thousands of people rallied outside of the White House and New York City’s Ground Zero site and Time’s Square, cheering and rejoicing in light of the recent news. After reviewing evidence collected by the SEALs, it was made apparent that bin Laden had been planning to assassinate President Obama and was also planning numerous other attacks against the United States. Osama bin Laden himself was born into a wealthy family and used his inheritance money to establish the al Qaeda terrorist group.
In August 2010, C.I.A analysts were able to track bin Laden’s courier to the Abbottabad compound, which was located behind large and heavily secured walls in a residential neighborhood. Media in the Unites States had been reporting that bin Laden’s location was in the remote tribal areas running along the Afghan-Pakistani border, and so it was to the surprise of many U.S. citizens that the notorious terrorist had spent years in a well-populated area and not in complete seclusion. Some U.S. officials suspected Pakistani authorities of aiding bin Laden in finding shelter and ensuring some form of security, but there is no conclusive evidence to confirm or negate this claim. But when all is said and done, the earth is probably a little bit safer knowing bin Laden is no longer around to terrorize the citizens of the world.