Death Of Osama bin Laden

By Dylan Dinh

May 2, 2011

On May 2, 2011, United States Navy SEALS of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Developement (also known as SEAL Team Six) killed Osama bin Laden. The operation code name was Operation Neptune Spear. They raided his compound in Pakistan, and took his body to Afghanistan for identification. His body was buried at sea within 24 hours according to Islamic Tradition.

Why We Wanted Him

Osama was the leader of an Islamic militant group called the Al-Queda. Al-Queda was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Two days after 9/11 President George W. Bush stated: "The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our NO.1 priority and we will not rest until we find him."

How the World Reacted

Al-Queda confirmed his death on May 6, 2011. Al-Queda and other Pakistani militant groups, including the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, vowed retaliation against the U.S. and against Pakistan for not preventing the attack. Over 90% of the American republic supported the raid, and it was welcomed by the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, and a large number of governments.Two-thirds of the Pakistani public, Fidel Castro of Cuba and Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas administration of the Gaza Strip condemned the raid.
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