The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K DEATH OF A TERRORIST l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Bin Laden trapped, America has been hit by Allah at its most vulnerable point, destroying, thank God, itsmost prestigious buildings Osama bin Laden on October 7, 2001, after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon Acquiringweapons for the defence of Muslims is a religious duty December 1998, when asked by an interviewer for Time magazine whether he had acquired chemical or nu clear weapons Westress the importance of martyrdom operations against the enemy, these attacks that have scaredAmericans and Israelis like never before February 2003, from an audiotape obtained by al Jazeera We reserve the right to retaliate... against all countries that take part in this unjustwar, namely Britain, Spain, Australia, Poland, Japan and Italy October 2003 referring to the war in Iraq Jihadwill continue even if I amnot around Late September 2001, in an interview with a Pakistani newspaper By STEPHEN COLLISON in Washington Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has been killed in a raid by US forces in Pakistan, triggering celebrations across many parts of the world as US President Barack Obama yesterday declared justice has been done. A decade after the September 11, 2001 attacks levelled the World Trade Centre in New York, thousands flooded to Ground Zero to celebrate the dramatic news of the death of Americas and the worlds most wanted man. Bin Ladens demise marked the biggest triumph yet in the 10-year war against terrorism. I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida, and a terrorist whos responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children, Mr Obama said in a late night White House address on Sunday (yesterday morning NT time). Mr Obama said he had directed covert, helicopterborne US armed forces to launch an attack against a heavily fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, acting on a lead that first emerged last August. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability, Mr Obama said. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body. Justice has been done. US officials said bin Ladens body had been buried at sea, having been handled according to Islamic traditions. Media reports said the body was buried at sea in a bid to prevent his final resting place from becoming a shrine. US officials said the CIA tracked bin Laden to his location, then elite Navy Seal troops flew to the hideout in four helicopters. Bin Laden was shot in the head in an ensuing firefight.Osama bin Laden ... the US confirmed yesterday it had killed the worlds most wanted terrorist How al-Qaida was formed and Who was Osama bin Laden? Osama bin Laden was the leader of the al-Qaida terrorist organisation and the number one target in the United States war on terror. He was born in Saudi Arabia in 1957 as part of a billionaire family and used that wealth to establish and fund al-Qaida. What did he do? Al-Qaida is blamed for the September 11 attacks in the United States which killed almost 3000 people. He had been on the run ever since, with most intelligence reports suggesting he was near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. While al-Qaida did not im mediately claim responsibility for the September 11 attacks, a video recording later released apparently showed top figures saying it went better than expected. Other videos purportedly show similar planning and training sessions. The group rarely claimed responsibility for attacks. Al-Qaida was formed out of the CIA-backed resistance fight against the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afganistan. By 1988 it was being reported to be a formal terrorist organisation. Before September 11, the group had been responsible or blamed for widespread bombings across Africa and the Middle East, including the 1998 bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania which killed over 200 people and injured thousands. It was also blamed for the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000, which killed 17 American sailors and wounded 39. How was he killed? President Obama has said he was briefed last August on a report about the location of bin Laden, hiding within a compound deep within Pakistan and last week authorised the assault on the compound near Abbottabad, about 100km north of the capital Islamabad. The attack was carried out in four helicopters by a small group of the Navys elite SEAL Team Six under the command of CIA director Leon Panetta. Sources have said one of the helicopters crashed, possibly as a result of enemy fire. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nations efforts to defeat alQaida, the president said. What will happen to his body? After bin Laden was confirmed dead, US forces took custody of his body. A US official has since confirmed that bin Laden was buried at sea, in accordance with Islamic law and tradition, which says the body must be buried within 24 hours of death. Earlier reports that journal ists would be invited to view the body seem to have been unfounded. After Saddam Husseins sons Uday and Qusay were killed, pictures of their bodies were broadcast around the world, ostensibly to reassure tormented Iraqis of their death. Video of Saddams execution emerged on YouTube. A similar public display in this case would risk sparking a backlash from al-Qaida cells and sympathisers. Had he come close to capture or death before? Soon after the start of the war in Afghanistan and the ousting of the Taliban, a fierce battle in the hills of Tora Bora raged for days in October 2001.
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