Osama Bin Laden Is Dead
U.S. has has his body in custody. President will address his death.
Osama bin Laden, the criminal mastermind behind al-Qaida and the world's most sought-after terrorist since the attacks of 11 September 2001, has been killed by a US operation, President Barack Obama will announce late on Sunday night.
Osama's body is in possession of the US, having been killed in Pakistan as the result of a US special forces and CIA operation, according to the first leaks of reporting from the US television networks.
President Obama is to make a highly unusual Sunday night live statement to announce the news, around 11pm eastern time.
The news comes eight years to the day that President George Bush declared "Mission accomplished" in Iraq – but it is now the unlikely figure of Barack Obama is the commander in chief who announces the final triumph over the focus of so much international attention.
This is a turning point in the global "war on terrorism" that has been waged since 9/11 – and the news will reverberate around the world.
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