Osama bin Laden dead: US jubilant

2011-05-02 06:21

Washington - Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the September 11 2001 terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said on Sunday.

A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.

"Justice has been done," the president said.

The development comes just months before the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre towers in New York and Pentagon in Washington, orchestrated by bin Laden’s al-Qaeda, which killed more than 3 000 people.

The attacks set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America's entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.

Al-Qaeda organisation was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled.

  • Punani - 2011-05-02 06:33

    Brilliant! Well done to the USA. Wonderful to see crowds gathered for a good reason instead of an ostentacious Royal Wedding. Now hopefully the Yanks will shift the focus and dish out the same treatment for African dictators.

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-05-02 06:51

      just a pity it wasn't Bin Laden that caused the world trade center to implode symmetrically at free fall speed... but sentex... the only explosive with enough yield to move mass out the way that fast. But hey.. what do i know.

      Ross - 2011-05-02 07:00

      If this was Mugabe I would have arranged a street party for today.

      Joe Doos - 2011-05-02 07:36

      Osama Bin Laden - Hide and seek champion 2001-2011.

      slg - 2011-05-02 07:51

      Hilarious Joe!

      Snotty - 2011-05-02 08:02

      the only problem now is that the MAGGOTS will die when they feast on this horrible bastard murderer.......the USA should chop off his head and display it in public

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-02 09:44

      I saw the same pic, i think, snotty. It looks fake to me. The top half and the background is clear, but the bottom haf from below his eyes are all fuzzy, like it has a different pixellation, almost like it was lifted from another picture by a Photoshop amature.

      Sieta - 2011-05-02 09:58

      @Joe Doos. Wrong! The undisputed hide and seek champion is Jesus Christ. 2000 years and counting...

      Valis - 2011-05-02 13:12

      I will only celebrate once the real criminals and terrorists are dead, i.e. Cheney/Bush/Obama.

      buka001 - 2011-05-02 17:24

      @ k1dbl4ck, you obviously know nothing. Please explain how the bombs were placed in the building without anyone noticing? You do realise for a building to be demolished, it would need thousands of demolition charges on the critical beams and columns. How were the charges placed, what about the thousands of kilometers of detonation cord needed running all over the show. No one reported tripping over these cables. No one reported seeing all the bombs everywhere. So please explain how it was rigged for demolition. Google Bazant and read up on his expert structural analysis of the collapse mechanisms. This has been accepted by engineers all over the world. It has been checked and re-checked by indpendant engineers world wide. The number of people who have published and checked any demolition theories - 0

      BigSpoon - 2011-05-02 20:03

      This is such a load of crap, there is no evidence that this really happened only word from US officials. At least the brits had an uplifting and real event, to spark the optimism in the masses and the economy compared to the US trying to pull wool over our eyes, how stupid do they think we are????

      slg - 2011-05-02 20:41

      Valis, thankfully you have a looooong wait in store for you

      slg - 2011-05-02 20:42

      Big Spoon of .... dung

  • CITIZEN - 2011-05-02 06:33


      Blondemoment - 2011-05-02 10:58

      Al-Qaeda is angry with good reason! 9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB and they were named the culprits, and now that Osama bin Laden's been killed (if it's tue), the idiotic US public is partying at Groud Zero - WHAT A FARCE!

      Cire - 2011-05-02 15:37

      @ CITIZEN. I'm sure the USA will be happy to arrange martydom, complete with virgins, for the rest of the babbling lunatics in bin laden's gang of thugs.

      Cire - 2011-05-02 15:39

      @ Blondemoment. Good name! If Al-Qaeda are angry, very angry, why did they claim responsibility? Are they liars as well as vicious terrorists?

      castle lager - 2011-05-02 20:50

      @.........blondemoment......inside job ???shows how much of time you have spent putting together the facts of 9/11.the americans know the pain they went thru after 9/11 many people all over the world were killed by this monster maybe you should talk to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed........he will tell you the truth ur a FART!!!!!!

  • Os - 2011-05-02 06:42

    Burn in hell you bastard !

      slg - 2011-05-02 06:56

      Even he will be forgiven and loved by God. There is no hell. Hopefully God's love will wake him up.

      Gatvol - 2011-05-02 07:57

      No, he will get his 12 virgins

  • zabber - 2011-05-02 06:49

    Just the right time politically to kill him. The US knew all along where he was.

      slg - 2011-05-02 06:54

      It doesn't work like that zabber. There is intense rivalry between the Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans badly wanted this to happen when they were in the White House.

      Gatvol - 2011-05-02 07:59

      Sorry but that is ANC mentality. This is the USA we are talking about, not SA

      Blondemoment - 2011-05-02 11:03

      It doesn't matter! 9/1 WAS AN INSIDE JOB - this is the greatest farce in history, and most Americans don't see it! Osama bin Laden could very well have become a danger after been named the culprit, what would you do if 9/11 was blamed on you? Maybe knock on your neighbour's door for some nuclear action....?

      slg - 2011-05-02 15:19

      That has to be the biggest blond moment in the history of humankind. You're kidding right?

      Cire - 2011-05-02 15:41

      @ Blondemoment. Have you ever considered visiting planet Earth? Or do you prefer life in the silly conspiracy galaxy?

  • Sean - 2011-05-02 06:59

    Really, how can you people say well done? Someone (even though a monster) has been murdered and we celebate? Their is something wrong with this world

      slg - 2011-05-02 07:08

      He has not been murdered. He consciously chose his own fate. Really Sean, this man killed thousands of people of all races and religions. The world is better off without him. Yes it is sad the way he went. It's always sad when a human being chooses such a tragic way to live his life, but it was his choice. He declared war on the US. He was killed in the war that he himself declared. This is not murder.

      Razzo Corporation - 2011-05-02 07:09

      Oh, put a sock in it you moron - it is exactly that kind of idiotic 'compassion' that murderers should not be punished to death, that has SA in the state it is in!

      BernieK - 2011-05-02 07:22

      Oh please! Stop being such a softie and liberal. It is because of an attitude like yours that the West is in such a mess and without direction. The time has come to take care of these murderers and this the news of the death of a monster is just very good, so stop with your softie attitude.

      Dave - 2011-05-02 07:39

      Tell that to the thousands of his victims families

      Gatvol - 2011-05-02 08:01

      Let's just say that it was justice served cold. Always a cause for celebration

      Stefanus - 2011-05-02 08:07

      Sean are you serious? You really should read more and find out who this guy was and what he did. you think there's something wrong with this world. The world thinks there's something wrong with you.

      Crisis Of Fa - 2011-05-02 08:09

      Celebrating death is evil. Bin Laden chose to kill, and that is reprehensible, and it's really no surprise that he was killed. It is written, as they say. But, that was his choice. All of you celebrating his death, well, that's your choice too. Only, it will not bring about change, or enlightenment, just propogate more violence and murder. I agree with Sean!

      Snotty - 2011-05-02 08:17

      SEAN @ there is something wrong with you I guess u feel nothing for the 1000's of people this bastard has killed get a life u idiot!!

      Alex - 2011-05-02 08:36

      It's good that people like you value life but there is such a thing as the greater good. I know it's morally grey but I do feel that this is a case of the greater good being served.

      Cire - 2011-05-02 15:42

      Hey Sean - well done to the USA! And well done again!

  • Dave - 2011-05-02 06:59

    As an American, I watched in horror as the planes struck, and a little over a month later I watched in utter sadness at the remains at Ground Zero, still smoking, and crowds of people laying wreaths and crying.

      John Love - 2011-05-02 07:43

      Dave, it weren't only Americans that were affected by those attacks - some of us even now have difficulty accepting fate. What I don't understand is why Americans can't see the truth of what really had happened. Somebody closer to your home is unfairly exploiting your patriotism and is working at taking away your liberty with your consent. Manipulated circumstances designed to fool you.

      slg - 2011-05-02 07:50

      You've lost me now John.

      Blondemoment - 2011-05-02 11:10

      9/11 was an inside job! Get it through your head, Dave, this is just another piece if the puzzle of this unmatched farce! Osama bin Laden was named the culprit so the US could attack and take control of the OIL, the MONEY and the POWER! As sad and tragic as all those innocent deaths were, justice WILL prevail, in the name of our LORD Jesus of Nazareth!

      slg - 2011-05-02 15:19

      Another nut, a blonde one this time.

      Cire - 2011-05-02 15:44

      Hi Dave. The world (the sane portions anyhow) are delighted that the USA has exterminated this vermin. Congratulations to the armed forces of the USA.

      greensplash - 2011-05-02 16:19

      @Dave, yet you still don't realise that so combination of Israel, CIA and US government orchestrated the September 11 attacks. Both the twin towers were designed to survive direct aircraft collisions. Both collapsed in short succession, falling perfectly symmetrically and continuously right down to ground level. They were expertly demolished with high yield explosives. In addition World Trade Centre Tower 7 ( a 30+ story building) which was not hit by a plane or by either of the two falling towers collapsed as well - this makes absolutely no sense unless one concludes that it was explosively demolished. Early reports have fire fighters remarking on the vast amounts of ultra fine dust clouds - indicating some form of powerful explosion, not merely a collapse

      slg - 2011-05-02 20:45

      Greensplash, are you still smoking the green stuff?

  • Shai-hulud - 2011-05-02 07:04

    Good riddance! Well done USA.

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-05-02 07:09

    Bravo to the US! I hope they will ask the hard questions of the country that gave him refuge for so long.

      slg - 2011-05-02 07:13

      Apparently the Pakistani government supported the operation

  • henni5909 - 2011-05-02 07:11

    I wonder if anyone ever wonder why the americans been attacked. Invading Iraq with the pretence to help the people while we all know it is not the main reason. The americans must think the world is full of idiots to belief their so called good intentions. Who gives them the right to bomb any country. And as we see, we all paying for their wars they are fighting. Looking at the price of oil and we don't need to wonder why the price is going thru the roof. We all are financing their war. Some might say it is the UN, my question is who are head of the UN. The man that thru his shoe at american president bush, I take my hat off to him, maybe someone should throw more than a shoe at him. What will you do if bush visit your country and their bombs killed your family? I will put my shoe up his … The same people killing Bin Laden were doing business with him before, it is amazing how they use and abuse people and countries and the world do nothing because it is the americans and they have a right to tell the world what and when and where they can do something or not. "Justice has been done," the president said. Justice for who? While they kill people in other countries, who will stop them?

      slg - 2011-05-02 07:15

      The world is full of idiots and you're one of them. Wake up man! The world is passing you by.

      BernieK - 2011-05-02 07:26

      It is good that the Bin Laden monster is dead. Yes, strange things are happening and yes the Americans do manipulate certain individuals, nevertheless, this is happening everywhere and this will happen again. My advice to you is to navigate yourself through all these events and focus on what you do well.

      henni5909 - 2011-05-02 07:40

      Maybe the american created the Bin Laden monster. It is important to know all the facts, not only what the americans are feeding the world. The world knows they want to control the oil. BernieK what you say is true but it is sad to think they look like the safer of the world, while they do it for own gain. Why are the americans not in zimbabwe? Because there is nothing for them to benefit from, like oil.

      Gatvol - 2011-05-02 08:09

      Die olie storie raak nou 'n bietjie holrug gery

      Lucy - 2011-05-02 08:16

      Henni - you talk lots of sense. The rest of the world lets them dictate everything - 'do it my way or I will call you a terrorist and attack you'. One of the reasons the "terrorists" developed in the first place is because of the US's aggressive insensitive attitude - and its all based on what they want - oil. If Zim had oil deposits you can bet they would be in 'saving the people' at the drop of a hat. But if there's nothing in it for them they have a 'couldn't care less attitude'.

      slg - 2011-05-02 08:27

      Lucy, another weirdo. Go live in Zimbabwe or any non-democratic country, maybe you'll wake up.

      capetonian - 2011-05-02 08:42

      You are poorly informed and completely ignorant of how a democracy works. I suggest you read up on the Emerican constitution. Probably very similar in content to ours! Perhaps you can explain to other readers what is the reason behind the unreast in so many states in the middle east and north africa...?? Perhaps you can also tell us why so many Mexicans cross the border illegally into the US...Perhaps your knowledge of history doesn't extend back to the second world war? If it does then you will know that if it hadn't been for the US the world would be a very different place today. Certainly not a world where most countries enjoy the freedoms we take for granted! Saddam Hussein was an evil bastard responsible for the deaths of many thousands of his own people and would have been an ongoing threat to stability in that region. Or did you forget what he did in Kuwait as well? Do you enjoy watching what is happening in Libya? And the dithering in the "United Nations" where countries like Russia and China ( two examples of how you should treat your own citizens if ever there was!!) will veto any serious attempt to remove that other deluded monster Gaddafi and his family and allow free and fair elections for all, without intimidation! I've had my rant for the day.

      Blondemoment - 2011-05-02 11:12

      WELL SAID! Oil = Money = Power = INSIDE JOB!!!!!!!!

      slg - 2011-05-02 15:20

      Blondemoment = nut = on the fringes of society

  • m00t - 2011-05-02 07:13

    proof or it did not happen

      capetonian - 2011-05-02 08:44

      They have his body!! there will be DNA evidence. Watch the News..!!!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-02 09:56

      I wait with baited breath for it capetonian, really i do cause he desrves to be removed from the gene pool. But the only "eidence" i've seen so far is a picture on the news that looks fake and photoshopped.

  • pistolpete - 2011-05-02 07:16

    Osama binned Ladin

  • pistolpete - 2011-05-02 07:17

    Or Obama binned Laden

  • mpapi mogadube - 2011-05-02 07:25

    For as much as they may celebrate his death, some are grieving for his life. Some may say a monster is no more but same say their beloved father, brother and mostly their hero is no more. Most importantly, no one will live forever. We will all taste death at same stage. If he died for a good course, may his death be a motivation to carry on by his associates.

      slg - 2011-05-02 07:30

      You lost me with your last sentence. Can there be any doubt he did not die for a good cause? And how in God's name can you call for others to take up where he left off? Geez man, what's wrong with you?

      Kobus - 2011-05-02 07:33

      I think the US should come for you too.....

      Cire - 2011-05-02 15:51

      Hey mpapi - you find the idea of the USA defending itself against a mad dog carrying disease-ridden vermin unacceptable? Your views are repulsive to everyone except Michael Moore, Hamas and a few other loonies. Fortunately views of nitwits like you are of no account in the real world.

  • Kobus - 2011-05-02 07:29

    Brilliant!! I was getting worried the bastard would die of natural causes. I believe it was a head shot that delivered the justice. Good on you, USA!

      Gatvol - 2011-05-02 08:12

      Now they should load another bullet and sort out Gadaffi, and then they can start moving South

  • deangweta - 2011-05-02 07:34

    Now they should kill Gadaffi, Zuma and Mugabe for being the worst dictators in African.

      etemhoff - 2011-05-02 15:08

      ZUMA?? He is not a dictator dude?? He just loves getting married...bonking and spending our hard earned taxes....don't worry about him...he's taking care of himself..he will die by his own shower power!!

      Cire - 2011-05-02 15:53

      @ deangweta. Relax about Zuma - the boykie is just a barely literate kleptocrat.

  • John Love - 2011-05-02 07:36

    In the movie Taylor of Panama made in 2001, the 1989 ruins of the American invasion on December 19 is referred to as "the handwork of President Obama of America." How did they know in 2001 that Obama was going to be president..?? Nothing is what it seems to be........

      slg - 2011-05-02 07:49

      Very interesting.

  • TheWasp - 2011-05-02 07:44

    Because of Bin Laden the Yanks went into Iraq & Afghanistan...Mmmmmm Oil (Iraq) & heroin (Afghanistan) Yes 9/11 was a day we will never forget but was Bin Laden really behind it? Please go read a book "Confessions of an economic hitman" by John Perkins. The US invade, set up a military base and then take over.....if you think the ANC are corrupt, wait, you aint seen nothing yet!!!

      slg - 2011-05-02 07:48

      You're an idiot who thinks he's smart. Wake up fool. The world is passing you by.

      TheWasp - 2011-05-02 08:15

      Hey Slug - you fast asleep Boet - don't always believe CNN / SKY etc, the world is passing YOU by...

      slg - 2011-05-02 08:26

      You live in a lonely, alienated, non-trusting world Wasp.

      Blondemoment - 2011-05-02 11:13

      9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB!

      slg - 2011-05-02 15:22

      And the Tooth Fairy will visit you tonight Blondmoment

  • J D - 2011-05-02 07:49

    Good job! And it only took 9 years, trillions of dollars and countless civilian lives to accomplish. But at least now, they can put an end to the war and... wait, no they've already got the next leader lined up. Let the fear mongering and 'war against terror' continue.

      slg - 2011-05-02 07:54

      Another nutcase. Wake up! You too are being a fool. This is a good day for the freer world. Or would you prefer more Zimbabwe's in the world?

      J D - 2011-05-02 09:43

      Whether or not it's a good thing that bin Laden is dead wasn't my point. I was saying that the cost of getting here has been immense and, in spite of finally achieving their objective, I doubt US actions in the Middle East will cease. Surely there must be other agendas at work? As far as putting an end to terrorism goes, a war that has killed thousands of local civilians in the crossfire is only going to create further animosity towards the US.

  • capetonian - 2011-05-02 08:03

    Obama got Osama! That evil deluded bastard is I wonder how many Muslims will join us on this site to give thanks for his demise? I know he had some fans here because there were individuals who had T-Shirts printed with his face on them, not so many years ago! This now brings some closure for those people who lost family members in 9/11. No matter how long it takes us, the US is telling the world, we will find you and deal out justice!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-02 09:59

      Correction: We will find you Eventually! Well, at least before you die of old age.

  • mpapi mogadube - 2011-05-02 08:04

    A terrorist to you is a freedom fighter to someone else. Al-Zawahri is a new man: "Watch the space"

      Kobus - 2011-05-02 08:15

      Obviously there are those who will try to continue the evil work of Al Quaeda....but we will simply take their "freedom" away, one by one.....

  • OsamaBLaden - 2011-05-02 08:19

    I,m not dead! or am I? I don't no anymore. :-(

  • dirk.hoekstra - 2011-05-02 08:23

    The "eye for an eye" philosophy will only leave the whole world blind...

  • Daan - 2011-05-02 08:27

    Who wants to take a bet that the SA goverment will critisise the US for killing off Bin Laden?

  • TiredOfCrime - 2011-05-02 08:32

    Now we just need to do the same here in SA...get the released criminals that think they are above Justice.

  • DblTAP - 2011-05-02 08:48


  • RAYSEMBE - 2011-05-02 08:53

    YAAA well Americans do not worry about the price of oil going up because about 70 percent of the oil produced global belong to the american business,these people have brain washed the whole world, i think proper reasoning is needed here.

      Blondemoment - 2011-05-02 11:18

      The truth will be revealed - we just don't know when, and then justice will prevail. Al Qaeda is more furious now than ever, because they know better than anyone that 9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB!!!!!!!

      slg - 2011-05-02 15:23

      The two of you should get together and have a pow-wow. Nutcases unite.

  • dawie.beyers - 2011-05-02 11:40

    I wonder... I wonder if this is real... or is just another american lie, like all the other lies they fill us with. I think their so-called war on terror is taking its toll on the countries economy and now they use "the killing of Usama" as an excuse to stop the war... Hehehehehehehe im just wondering.

  • Anthony Oliveira - 2011-05-02 13:19

    Good riddance if it was him behind 9-11 which I seriously doubt. People don't believe everything you see on the news learn to think for yourselves. It was a tragedy what happened in 9-11 but so was Vietnam, Iraq, Hiroshima etc... How many innocent people have died killed by American forces? I would bet that America have killed more innocent people than all the terrorist organizations in the 20th century put together. Yet the rest of the world turns a blind eye to this.

      slg - 2011-05-02 15:24

      One of your switches is off Anthony. Turn it on.

  • Katoolsie - 2011-05-02 14:04

    I smell retaliation

      Cire - 2011-05-02 15:58

      Gee you really think so?

  • etemhoff - 2011-05-02 15:04

    OK NOW....we just need to clean up a few other dudes....have a mass funeral reality tv...not billions will watch...but gazzilions...

  • Cire - 2011-05-02 15:33

    USA USA USA.And nog a USA!! Well done!

      Kwailoh88 - 2011-05-02 18:24

      Blind "person" - you'r also caught out LOL

  • nick - 2011-05-02 16:49

    he's been dead for a long time the alleged dead pic is photoshop version of the 1998 archive pic of him

  • Ilse de Beer - 2011-05-02 17:15

    Now its time to take out Gadaffi & Mugabe

  • Alex Millne - 2011-05-02 19:56

    Oh my gosh! Thats awful news! :( My heart goes out to the bin Laden Family! May he rest in peace! I feel for Osama bin Laden. He was just a confused and he is also just human. I think that's terrible how he died :*( I pray that he'll find some peace. R.I.P OSAMA BIN LADEN

      castle lager - 2011-05-02 20:45

      did u know this bastard murderer PERSONALLY that u feel so much pain for him ? did u feel anything for the 1000's of innocent people that he killed ur a A$$HOLE.............PRAY FOR YR SAFETY OR ELSE U WILL GET A BULLET UP YR ASS !!!

      Alex Millne - 2011-05-02 21:02

      I may be a Christian but that doesn't mean that I hate Muslims. In a way I can understand OSAMA BIN LADIN,.. I can understand the passion he had for his religion, he loved his religion so much that he even shed blood for his religion. That is a LOVE THAT NO ONE HERE CAN EVER IMAGINE to get close to. Although I differ, because I am a Christian, I do wish I had the courage to LIVE my faith out as STRONGLY AS HE LIVED HIS!!! A true Role-Model, that would do anything for his beliefs. He inspired so many, but at the same time he has caused so much suffering :*( But I forgive him because I know he is a beautiful loving soul. May jesus wash him in the name of god. You will always be in my thoughts, R.I.P OSAMA BIN LADIN !!!!!!

      slg - 2011-05-03 06:09

      Now will you let us rest in peace from your drivel Alex

  • William - 2011-05-02 23:50

    Can America please get out of Afganistan now. We think America has provrd the point about retribution for 9/11. The hawks should always remeber that even alexander the greatthrough to the british and soviit union could never control this country of wild independent people. Get out and let the Afghans sort themselves out.

      slg - 2011-05-03 06:08

      They're not there to control it William, just to clear it as much as possible of the Taliban and al-Quaeda who are a threat to everyone, including themselves

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