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OBAMA: A GOOD DAY FOR AMERICA

  • Obama: Bin Laden's death means world is a safer place
  • Al-Qaida leader killed in operation led by Navy SEALs, CIA forces
  • DNA evidence: 100 percent certain it was bin Laden
  • His compound was close to Pakistan army base
  • Former President Bush hails 'momentous achievement'

KHQ.COM - President Barack Obama declared Monday that the U.S. had "kept its commitment to justice," saying the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was "a good day for America."

In brief remarks before he led a ceremony honoring two Korean War veterans with the Medal of Honor, Obama said the world "is a safer place" today.

The remarks were the president's first since he dramatically announced Sunday night that bin Laden, 54, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, had been shot and killed earlier in the day in a firefight with U.S. forces at his luxury hideout in Pakistan.

Bin Laden died in a gunbattle with Navy SEALs and CIA paramilitary forces at a compound in the city of Abbottabad, U.S. officials told reporters.

In a background briefing with journalists, U.S. officials suggested that Bin Laden opened fire on the U.S. forces. NBC News' Savannah Guthrie, citing an unnamed U.S. official, reported that he was shot in the left eye. 

The special operations forces were on the ground for less than 40 minutes, and the operation was watched in real time by CIA Director Leon Panetta and other intelligence officials in a conference room at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., an official said on condition of anonymity. >>>Click here to read more

 

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