Job well done, Obama tells assault team

2011-05-07 08:42

Fort Campbell, Kentucky - US President Barack Obama embraced the US commandos he sent after terror mastermind Osama bin Laden, saluting them on Friday on behalf of America and people all over the world. "Job well done," he declared.

The president spoke to a hangar full of cheering soldiers after meeting privately with the full assault team - US Army helicopter pilots and Navy Seal commandos - who executed the dangerous raid on bin Laden's compound and killed the al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan early on Monday.

"Thanks to the incredible skill and courage of countless individuals - intelligence, military over many years - the terrorist leader that struck our nation on 9/11 will never threaten America again," Obama said, speaking at an Army post whose troops have sustained heavy losses in a war in Afghanistan that has grown on his watch.

Capping an extraordinary week for the military, the country and himself, he called the bin Laden raid one of the most successful intelligence and military operations in America's history.

Fight still rages

Vice President Joe Biden joined Obama in a briefing and in thanking the members of the mission behind closed doors. He emerged to the broader audience of troops and put it bluntly: "We just spent time with the assaulters who got bin Laden."

Obama warned in his address to the troops that the fight against terrorists still rages, but said: "we are ultimately going to defeat al-Qaeda".

Fresh warnings emerged, though, underscoring Obama's caution that the fight against terrorists still rages.

The Afghan Taliban said the death of bin Laden would only boost the morale of insurgents battling the US and its Nato allies. Al-Qaeda itself vowed revenge, confirming bin Laden's death for the first time but saying that Americans' "happiness will turn to sadness".

Soldiers at Fort Campbell were careful not to celebrate bin Laden's death, voicing instead a sense of professional pride for the work of the commandos.

"We're not done," said Major Luis Ortiz, who was at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan when Obama visited the troops there last December. "We cut off the head of the snake, but the snake is still wiggling around."

Defence Secretary Robert Gates met with members of the bin Laden mission team a day earlier to express his admiration and appreciation, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said.


Obama's appearance culminated a week-long response to the demise of the long-hunted al-Qaeda leader, from the White House to Ground Zero in New York to Fort Campbell, home of the famous 101st Airborne Division.

The division has been integral to Obama's war plan in Afghanistan, and many of its combat teams have returned recently from tours of duty.

The week gave a political and emotional lift to the president; in turn, he called for the unity that has eluded him in divisive Washington for most of his term.

"This week has been a reminder of what we're about as a people," the president said. "The essence of America, the values that have defined us for more than 200 years, they don't just endure - they're stronger than ever."

With his comments, Obama offered a counterpoint to a growing cry within his party and even among some Republicans that the time has come to withdraw from Afghanistan. Obama will start drawing troops home as promised this summer but has signalled no change in mission.

At Fort Campbell, the president and vice president first met with the men who raided the compound itself, probably including those who killed bin Laden.


Obama was then briefed on how the operation was carried out, by those who coordinated the attack from command centres in Afghanistan, and in other undisclosed parts of the region.

That team was headed by Vice Admiral William McRaven, a Navy Seal himself and head of the military's elite counterterrorism unit, the Joint Special Operations Command.

Obama and Biden then met with the entire Seal team unit that carried out the raid - both the two dozen troops who stormed the compound, and roughly the same number who circled above as backup, in case the Seals on the ground met overwhelming force.

The president also met with the air crews from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, known as the Night Stalkers, who flew the Seals to the mission, as well as Green Berets from the 5th Special Forces Group.

It's not known whether the Green Berets were involved in the bin Laden mission, but the 5th Special Forces Group gave rise to the Horse Soldiers, who first invaded Afghanistan right after 9/11.

The President awarded the units involved in the raid a Presidential Unit Citation - the highest such honour that can be given to a unit - in recognition of their extraordinary service and achievement.

  • Beam me up - 2011-05-07 09:00

    Yes well done...pity the Pakistanies hid him for so long.

  • Slapper - 2011-05-07 09:03

    Yes Job well done. Now clean up the rest of the rubbish and while you are at it, could you look at the Somali Pirates?

      sherwood - 2011-05-07 10:36

      You brainwashed mate... Osama was never behind 911, the US masterminded the whole thing and used all their media to brainwash the world that Osama had done it. The evidence was circumstantial however American Civil engineers say that the twin towers did not collapse as a result of the planes or fires, go READ reports(Google)

      Carl - 2011-05-07 11:40

      Lol@Sherwood. And I guess we didn't land on the moon because it's made out of cheese.

      jowza - 2011-05-07 11:53

      hope the racists too - 2011-05-07 16:14

      @ SHerwood post the official website of the American Civil engineers that say the towers didnt collapse cos of the planes - you TALK BS like a typical brainwashed bigot. There are alot of dumb people in here who will believe your BS - people like u should be banned from posting BS here.

      Irené - 2011-05-07 17:50

      @gonny- typical, 'freedom fighting' people who want to infringe on other peoples freedoms like freedom of speech- we can comment whatever we want. the only reason you believe what you do is because it is reported so by the media and govt- but until they show us some concrete facts I, and many others will believe this is one big lie. you can visit, they have a wealth of info - 2011-05-07 20:01

      @Irene - any fool can launch a website and put gibberish and uneducated people will believe it...blah blah blah...

      slg - 2011-05-08 18:49

      Here they are, the band of anarchists and conspiracy theorists. You're being delusional and arrogant, thinking you know better and you know more. You don't. You're a danger to yourselves and your loved ones. Wake up before it's too late.

      slg - 2011-05-08 18:50 and are clean news sites, not perfect but clean of hidden agendas, negative politics. They're also non-commercial.

  • Robot One - 2011-05-07 09:16

    Yes job welldone killing almost 1.5million innocent people in your satanic "war on terror" and then blaming it on bin laden. America you are sick!

      Rapier - 2011-05-07 09:43


      Pierre - 2011-05-07 10:05

      Like a real robot . Robotic idiot .

      Cliff - 2011-05-07 11:58

      Go and read some more of those comics books that you hide under your bed you wierd person!

      Mr D - 2011-05-07 12:54

      Ag no man RO dont be like that, go to ur room and go read ur comic books and leave the News-24 to the big boys.

      slg - 2011-05-08 18:55

      Come on Robot, get with it. You're on the wrong side of this. You don't want people to be killed in satanic wars. Al-Quadea and the Taliban are the killers here. It's very important that you see this. Remember Nazi Germany? Too many people just allowed the Nazis to get stronger and stronger by ignoring their true intentions, and others undermined the forces of good by inverting reality, as you are doing. Go with the freer world. It's not perfect, but it has reached greater freedom than the gangs of thugs that are Al-Quaeda and the Taliban.

  • Jakob - 2011-05-07 09:17

    BIG heads.... make it easier to aim... watch out the cross-hairs, there goes another president..

      slg - 2011-05-08 18:57

      Yes, it's true. But I think they're containing their Egos. There's tremendous determination to keep to the right course.

  • Henry - 2011-05-07 09:23

    Strange he has been dead for more than 10 years. See Alex Jones Google search alex jones osama bin laden is dead

      slg - 2011-05-08 18:59

      The strangeness Henry is that you would believe that, while virtually the entire world knows otherwise, including Al-Quaeda themselves. Really, get with it. The freer world needs all the help it can get, to get better and grow more. You're undermining the positive evolution of human consciousness with this drivel.

  • jowza - 2011-05-07 09:25

    enough of this.starting to get boring

      slg - 2011-05-08 18:59

      Yes, it is enough of the weird thoughts you've been generating jowza. It has been incredibly boring. It's good to read that you're arriving at the point of change.

  • Deset Rat - 2011-05-07 09:26

    The devil's head in splinters, good riddence and thank you USA. Pity the Pakistanis didn't do the job, they will carry that burdon for not doing so into antiquity

  • english-gal - 2011-05-07 09:43

    Well done Mr. Obama! So good to see your career is creeping out of the abyss. Your timing was so fortunate. Hope you have the rhetoric prepared for the retaliatory attacks that USA and UK will face for such a blatant PR stunt. The celebrations in the streets of USA were at best short-sighted but to my mind war-mongering fuel. What difference it would have made if the demise of Osama Bin Laden had happened (and there's various speculation on that story) and been kept quiet. Still, enjoy the limelight for now. Somehow I don't feel as if our World is a better place now.

      Umfubi - 2011-05-07 11:19

      Is there actually some point to your drivel?

      english-gal - 2011-05-07 12:31

      @Umfubi. I think if you read Dilly's comments you'll get the point.

      slg - 2011-05-08 19:02

      I think if you'll take the distorting screen off your eyes you'll suddenly wake up. If you are an English girl you sure are on the wrong side of things. WHat's most concerning is that you are so emotionally detached from reality that you think all that is happening is nothing more than a PR stunt. This is the same mind-set as the people who blow up public places and schools. I recommend getting some help. I mean this sincerely.

  • Xram62 - 2011-05-07 09:49

    Like Henry says, "Osama's been dead for 10 years" and the gazillion "conspiracy theory" e-mails floating around claiming all sorts of weird and crazy assumptions, there's also an e-mail going around stating that Osama died of some sort of disease the "shortens the life of the sufferer considerably". There are also a number of questions being asked about his "buried at sea within 24 hours in accordance with his faith". The weakest explanation for this is that the Americans didn't want to leave a corpse behind for his followers to bury and erect a monument and turn him into a martyr, etc, etc, etc. On the contrary, if he died 10 years ago, someone should be able to show the world where he was buried, so that the corpse could be exhumed and genetically tested to see if it was in fact Osama's. I smell a huge rat....

      Slapper - 2011-05-07 09:57

      I think the disease is called Lead Poisoning by a fast moving Virus called a Bullet?

      slg - 2011-05-08 19:05

      Like the other conspiracy theorists, you are extremely arrogant. You think you know better and more than all of humankind. The rat you're smelling is the dung that you're putting in your brain. Get it out and start living your life for real now. Theses times are incredibly important. You're too valuable to be messing around with this garbage.

  • Wow! - 2011-05-07 10:05

    Job well done - BUT not finished. Get rid of the rest of these Islamic fundmentalists who will do their best to faust their beliefs on us.

      english-gal - 2011-05-07 10:56

      @Wow!....that's the point really. The USA start things and never finish them. Vietnam...Iraq....Afghanistan....I'm sure there are more to be mentioned. The way in which the current debacle has been handled is another shining example of their total disregard for the impact their actions have.

      Irené - 2011-05-07 12:39

      @wow the US and doing exactly the same- trying to spread pseudo-democracy and capitalism through the world- with disterous consequences. Who are we to judge who may live and who may die? Who are we to decide that the war on terror is any more moral than the terror acts themselves. Dont throw stones if you live in a glass house The US has taken it upon itself to kill and maim whoever stands in their way- i believe them to be the biggest terror org the world has ever seen- if you are against america than you must be a crazy freedom hating fundametalist who deserves to die- wow and you think you're better than the terrorists? think again mr Sheeple - 2011-05-07 16:18

      @Irene - I rather live under American Imperialism than Islamic barbarism where women are not allowed to be edcuated (Afghanistan pre-9/11), technology is not allowed, men can take many wives but women cant take many husbands, no freedoms etc etc. If you support his Irene then please leave the free, western world and go to some crazy country with Shariah law and enjoy your life there.

      slg - 2011-05-08 19:08

      Irene and english gal are being delusional and arrogant. They know very little but put out like they know a lot, more than everyone else, even the smartest brains in the world that are actually engaged with making the world a better place. Their ideas are dark and dangerous. Here are two clean news sites that are free of the hidden agendas Irene and the others talk about: and They're non-commercial and non-political.

  • Dilly - 2011-05-07 10:49

    Hey Obama, I wish you well into the future. You may realise very soon, just how insignificant you really are. You and the american government have just spilt the blood of many innocent people by your actions. Live Large. - 2011-05-07 16:20

      @Dilly - are u high? The blood started getting spilled when your sick twist mujahideen (psychiatric ward specialists) flew plans in New York and killed 3000 innocent people! They started this BS so SHHHH!!

      Irené - 2011-05-07 17:51

      osama was not responsible for those attacks- please go read the independent reports and opinions. not the offical CIA reports, but from third parties. - 2011-05-07 20:02

      @Irene - guess he was responsible for world peace right?

      slg - 2011-05-08 19:09

      The independent reports Irene talks about are delusional garbage made up by people in dark trench-coats living in their garages. They're so independent that they're actually off sanity's radar.

  • sherwood - 2011-05-07 10:57

    You brainwashed mate... Osama was never behind 911, the US masterminded the whole thing and used all their media to brainwash the world that Osama had done it. The evidence was circumstantial however American Civil engineers say that the twin towers did not collapse as a result of the planes or fires, go READ reports(Google) - 2011-05-07 16:21

      @ SHerwood post the official website of the American Civil engineers that say the towers didnt collapse cos of the planes - you TALK BS like a typical brainwashed bigot. There are alot of dumb people in here who will believe your BS - people like u should be banned from posting BS here.

      slg - 2011-05-08 19:11

      Sherwood, get better man. Right now you're being weird.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-05-07 11:18

    Sad, celebrating the death of one man while the world still burns

      english-gal - 2011-05-07 12:36

      I agree totally. Well said. - 2011-05-07 16:21

      @daemos1 - maybe if someone flies a plane into a building and kills your parents while they at work then you might see things differently.

      slg - 2011-05-08 19:16

      It's not as simple as that Daemos. Many are celebrating that a major threat to their lives is no longer present. This is something to celebrate. But I do understand your sentiment, for greater reverence for human life. It was Bin Laden and it is Al-Quaeda who have no regard, none whatsoever, for the value of human life. They kill thousands of people indiscriminately by remote control, in car bombings and the like. Please understand this and direct your disdain to the right place: Al-Quaeda and the Taliban.

  • james strawson - 2011-05-07 11:43

    Only took them 10 years to find him.....

  • Irené - 2011-05-07 13:28

    Does anyone also find it suspicious that they met and thanked the assault team BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, and then proceeded to address a larger group of soldiers which was open for photographers- why not hail the SEALS as heros in front of a full house? Maybe because this whole bloody story is so thick with lies- and none of the sheeple have any problem with everything happening secretly and behind doors, no photos no evidence, just an team of SEALS who arent even shown to the public. WHAT moronic person would actually fall for this farce? Apparently a whole lot. I quote Einstein: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.” - 2011-05-07 16:23

      @Irene - clearly you are not intelligent. These SEALS are secret covert operations team. Sick people like the kind you support will see their faces on TV and look to attack them and their families for taking out that slime ball that you worship and support - That my not so sharp friend is the reason why its TOP SECRET who they were.

      slg - 2011-05-08 19:16

      No. We're living in the real world.

      slg - 2011-05-08 19:18

      Irene, the reason why Eisntein's quote is standing out for you is because your Higher Self is amplifying it, trying to catch your attention that you're being stupid. These ideas that you hold are stupid, not disrespect intended, but they are, truly. The vast majority of people can see this.

  • Calvin - 2011-05-09 13:06

    colonialism continues,masters will still shine over minoirities

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