US forces ordered to kill bin Laden

2011-05-02 15:57

Washington/Abbottabad – Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a US helicopter raid on a mansion near the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Monday, ending a long worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the September 11 2001, attacks on the United States.

Members of an elite Navy Seals team dropped by helicopter to the compound were under orders to kill, not capture bin Laden, who had eluded US forces for 13 years, a senior US security official told Reuters.

"This was a kill operation," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Many analysts see bin Laden's death as largely symbolic since he was no longer believed to have been issuing operational orders to the many autonomous al-Qaeda affiliates around the world.

Fearful of revenge attacks, the United States swiftly issued security warnings to Americans worldwide.

A top Republican lawmaker briefed by the White House on bin Laden's death said US security agencies were working to prevent any attacks on the United States or its installations overseas.

"This is a key moment because al-Qaeda has to avenge. This is a terrible defeat for them and they have to move as quickly as they can, and it's up to us to stop them," said congressman Peter King.

Bin Laden's death is unlikely to have any impact on the nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan spawned by the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York.

US forces there are facing record violence by a resurgent Taliban, which has vowed to avenge his death.

  • Slapper - 2011-05-02 16:03

    The Last thing they needed was for this Ratbag to go on trial, waste peoples money and continue to spew out hatred. Best place for him is the bottom of the ocean.

      The Wonderer - 2011-05-02 16:40

      Guys, I don't think Osama is dead, why "kill" the most wanted person on earth & then dump his body in the ocean?? So the US claims they dumped his body in the ocean, so there's no evidence that he's really dead. How very convenient! He's been captured & held for questioning by the US.

      B - 2011-05-02 16:56

      @the wonderer, they killed him because he is vermin, they took dna samples to verify that it is him and finally they disposed of him in the ocean as to negate the making of a martyr by fellow extremists..

      Ozymandios - 2011-05-02 17:01

      @ The Wonderer. Maybe he has been dead for some time and now Obama needs to direct the "heat" away from his "Birth certificate" saga just before the next election. I think this dude was dead some years ago like maybe 4 years ago 2007!!!!???? And he's been an Ace up someones sleeve. Now its a case of "he was not that influential anymore". The claim for dumping him was so no one could create a shrine for him on land. Pretty convenient and no trace of him nor a photo of him dead in that compound.You slot the world's most wanted man and you sure would like a bit more proof that he is somewhere in the deep blue out there with a pair of concrete slippers on. Wait we'll see some really fuzzy photos soon to confirm this.

      alfred - 2011-05-02 17:17

      @Wonderer Well Osama is only the head of a international terror organisation who surely must know how Al-Qaeda is organised, who the cell leaders are, where they are, how they are funded, possible targets, strategies, training facilities etc. and wer'e to believe the US wasnt interested in getting that information? And the body being disposed of where it could never be found, and so quickly? ...

      buka001 - 2011-05-02 17:18

      Oh Ozy tisk tisk. The birther story has been running since June 2008. When Obama was nominated as the democratic presidential candidate. The birther story only came about again, because Obama's lawyers finnaly secured the full version from the Hawaiian authorities. If anyone has been distracted, it is because they do not have the full story.

      slg - 2011-05-02 17:25

      Ozy maybe, maybe NOT.

      Otello - 2011-05-02 17:28

      The USA could not afford for that can of worms to be exposed in court.

      Lucky9 - 2011-05-02 17:40

      Could not agree with you more. Hope the rots in hell after being fed to the sharks.

      freedom - 2011-05-02 18:07

      sorry did i missread something when did it say anything about dumping his body into the ocean?

      Matt - 2011-05-02 19:32

      @The Wonderer - I agree. All those who don't have their eyes blinded. They only believe what they are meant to believe through the media. They are sheeple for the new world order. They will take the chip in a heart beat

      slg - 2011-05-02 20:15

      Matt, it's you and Wonderer who are blind, just you can't see this because you're blinding yourselves with silly ideas.

      BIG.G - 2011-05-02 21:09

      Is there not enough pollution in our oceans?!

  • Christoffsmuts - 2011-05-02 16:12

    Last thing they needed was to have him on trail and denying involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

      mhlong_e - 2011-05-02 16:42

      The west is just like BIN LADEN, they all behave like gangs and both groups will kill with impunity to achieve their objectives. Nothing to be proud about kill Bin LADEN as it’s more like 1 institutionalized gang killing the less formal,less organised group leader.

      resiststance - 2011-05-02 16:52

      mhlone_e: Spot on in this case. I find the way America have acted in this case shameful.

      Trumpi - 2011-05-02 16:54

      (@mhlong_e) ...except that Bin Laden targets civilians.

      slg - 2011-05-02 16:58

      Both of you, go live in Zimbabwe for a while. Maybe then you'll be clearer about what's really going on inthe world.

      Valis - 2011-05-02 17:35

      @Trumpi: So does the US...

      slg - 2011-05-02 17:50

      Valis you're an ignorant fool who knows nothing about these things

      Matt - 2011-05-02 19:33

      @Christoffsmuts - you very blind. Open your eyes

  • Skrappie - 2011-05-02 16:21

    Hey Osama, I hope those 40 virgins waiting for you are all male.

      Juggernaut - 2011-05-02 16:59

      No they are those adulterers and prostitutes that were stoned to death under Shariah law. They have oozing yellow sores, rotting teeth, thin as a rake, stink like crazy and are lining up to hump this evil non-man forever.

      mnbain - 2011-05-03 08:51

      They were probably, suicide bombers... they all get to hangout together

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-02 16:25

    Problem is there are numerous as mean and mad queuing to take over. This solves nothing, may even backfire on USA and the West

      Gatvol - 2011-05-02 17:01

      Watch out for the revenge attacks.

  • Bifröst - 2011-05-02 16:29

    It was immediately obvious that this was their goal. Months or years on trial and the potential violent repercussions from Al Qaeda if the US detained him would be unthinkable. The danger to the all relevant countries would have persisted till his execution.

  • The Wonderer - 2011-05-02 16:36

    Guys, I don't think Osama is dead, why "kill" the most wanted person on earth & then dump his body in the ocean?? So the US claims they dumped his body in the ocean, so there's no evidence that he's really dead. How very convenient! He's been captured & held for questioning by the US.

  • ShaunF1984 - 2011-05-02 16:41 He isnt dead people see above

      slg - 2011-05-02 16:59

      He's with Elvis

      Gatvol - 2011-05-02 17:32

      Maybe his is actually at some secret location being "interrogated". His knowledge of Al Queda will be valuable to the Americans, and he can be very useful to. If I were fighting the war on terror I would rather want him alive than dead.

  • Yazied - 2011-05-02 16:41

    To the ignorant the US themselves planned the attacks. the US needs more fuel than any other country and needed a reason for war. The gas pipeline from Russia through Afghanistan is surely significant. View the documentary "In Plane Sight" and a few others and catch a wake up.

      Cire - 2011-05-02 16:50

      Oh yes, just like the USA attcked Pearl Harbour and blew up the bar in Bali. America buys oil - nitwit. Which Middle East country refuses to sell oil? They need the money, or haven't you noticed? What planet do you come from?

      slg - 2011-05-02 16:59

      Thanks for your words of wisdom. Not.

      Juggernaut - 2011-05-02 17:01


      John - 2011-05-02 17:12

      Yeah right.

      bigT - 2011-05-02 19:33

      Could not agree more. Can anyone show me the so called WEAPONS OF MASS destruction that prompted the invasion Of Iraq. The only reason we dont have American neighbours is because Zimbabwe does not have OIL.

      slg - 2011-05-02 20:17

      BigT, when your world comes crashing down because al-Quaeda and the Taliban take over, don't come crying to us.

  • nOs.gUrU - 2011-05-02 16:46

    Yeh right! We believe u. I mean, its the US, right??

      nOs.gUrU - 2011-05-02 16:51

      What a bluff!!

      slg - 2011-05-02 17:00

      Switch on the brain cells

      ? - 2011-05-02 17:14

      @nOs.gUru, Yep,the US of A always tells the truth,right? NOT !!!!

  • Cire - 2011-05-02 16:47

    I would like to express my admiration and thanks to the armed forces of the USA. Well done lads!

      ? - 2011-05-02 17:14

      Well done? The world is now a more dangerous place since this new world zionist order is stretching its claws across the world,and in libya as I type

      slg - 2011-05-02 17:59

      Your day is done. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iran ... all the tyrannical dictators abusing women and their people. Done. Bye-bye. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! This has been a long time coming. It's here now. Hallelujah!

      Paco7 - 2011-05-03 12:26

      we all know how dumb Americans are,but now this forum has exposed how stupid some South Africans are...or are u american maybe ?

  • Greg - 2011-05-02 16:47

    IF this is true??? Time to top up troop levels in Afganistan, the war is on.

      ? - 2011-05-02 17:13

      Your statement should be : Time to remove zionist soldiers from afghanistan and stop intefering in someone elses backyard

      slg - 2011-05-02 17:53

      And when the so called Zionist forces leave Afghanistan and al-quaeda comes knocking on your door ... Obsessive, delusional fool

  • jschitt - 2011-05-02 16:48

    What if he was sold out and the Yanks allowed the 400 prisoners to break out of the Kabul jail last week as payment to the sell out?

      slg - 2011-05-02 17:01

      What if twelve dancing elephants with tutus landed at Jhb International Airport?

  • Lennox - 2011-05-02 16:51

    Hollywood will be making a movie out of this next year for sure, Steven Seagull as captain of the team of Navy Seals, not sure who will portray Osama though. @ the wonderer, stop wondering because he was already dead, why bring the body back to the USA, a muslim must be laid to rest prior to sunset. They have obviously taken the necessary samples from the body for DNA testing, and it appears as if they did their homework this time, had him under the microscope since August 2010.

      Umfubi - 2011-05-02 17:02

      Steven Seagull? Then the only possible co-star would surely be Jessica Albatross (in a dress and a beard).

      Ikhuku - 2011-05-02 20:58

      Or Sean Pennguin?

      Lennox - 2011-05-02 21:19

      You guys are witty and on a roll, now give us a title for the movie? Ikhuku, is that not chicken in Xhosa? Sean Pennguin as a Navy Seal maybe?

      Ikhuku - 2011-05-03 21:25

      We're not done with the casting yet: there will be roles for Madonnald Duck, Robin Redford and Danny Plover. Hopefully the director would be John Critter, with vocals by Ringo Starrling.

  • vicj - 2011-05-02 16:53

    No photos, dumped into the sea. I smell something fishy

      slg - 2011-05-02 17:02

      Have some more coffee, maybe then you'll wake up

      Ozymandios - 2011-05-02 17:11

      Vicj yeah so true. Why would the Americans respect the Muslim law of being buried before sundown, so lets quickly dump him in the sea so no land can be declared a shrine? They shot him in a compound. Thats where the shrine will be so what's this hooha over this sea burial? The yanks a respector of muslim law?????? Not where it concerns their so cslled enemy number 1. Smells fishy???? No give it 9 months or so and then it'll all unravel quietly. It has to be something to make Obhama look good in the next few months to get over the decline/collapse of the US$ and his next election campaign. Just get those brainwashed Americans attention diverted elsewhere. With those people its as easy as Zuma getting his masses to follow blindly after him to heaven.

      slg - 2011-05-02 18:03

      Ozy, you're an idiot. Best keep that trap shut because it's spewing sewage.

  • mhlong_e - 2011-05-02 16:58

    Terrorist killing each other, OBAMA‘s hands are dripping with blood just like his predecessors

      squish - 2011-05-02 17:36

      Out of all the terrorists, I'm hoping obama wins.

      slg - 2011-05-02 17:54

      You both are stupid idiots. What the he'll ate you talking about? Are you in kindergarten?

      Zee - 2011-05-03 11:19

      @slg - mate you don't have to label everyone that has a different opinion to yours a complete idiot. You can have your say without resorting to insults, whether you agree with them or not.

  • inigomontoya - 2011-05-02 16:59

    The only difference between Bin Laden and Malema is that Bin Laden is presumed dead...

      mhlong_e - 2011-05-02 17:09

      Some idiot foreign to international affairs has just managed to bring Malema in to IT.

  • ? - 2011-05-02 17:06

    This is actually murder. Even if Osama was/is guilty,he should have gotten a trial in a neutral country such as Iran or Switzerland. Zionists are blood thirsty,its in their nature,just like they are killing people in Libya

      mhlong_e - 2011-05-02 17:20

      Imperialist agenda at hearth of all the violence in the world, America, the so-called land of the free and home of the brave is broke Surviving on virtual money .

      slg - 2011-05-02 17:56

      We listen to retards like you two but we don't care much because you're so off-key it's unreal. When you pick up your guns then we cone after you. Then you're dead.

      ? - 2011-05-02 18:26

      @slg, So u actually admit to us that u ane your zionist buddies are a bunch of murderous thugs LMAO Thanks for clearing that up

      slg - 2011-05-02 18:35

      No, after YOU pick up your guns, then we come after you, then you're dead. As usual people like you miss the personal responsibility part. You're victims of everyone else while you do the victimizing.

  • Alex Millne - 2011-05-02 17:17

    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

      Mabhulwana - 2011-05-02 17:39

      He died a long time ago.

      Alex Millne - 2011-05-02 17:47

      Regardless of his bad deeds... I STILL LOVE HIM. He had such a hard life and it's terrible that he was so brainwashed as a child to do such terrible ugly things in the world. But deep down in his heart I know he is beautiful. RIP Osama bin Laden. Now your with god. Love

      Kobus - 2011-05-02 18:03

      Holy shit! Anyway, now he is feeding sharks.

      slg - 2011-05-02 18:41

      Alex, are you aware he had hundreds of millions of dollars? His family was very wealthy and while he got cut off, he still had lots of money.

  • Ingwe - 2011-05-02 17:27

    Brilliant news well done US Navy SEALS

  • youcantrunyoucanthide - 2011-05-02 17:44


  • No8 - 2011-05-02 17:53

    What was he doing in Pakistan and what is the US going to do about that?

  • No8 - 2011-05-02 17:54

    What was he doing in Pakistan and what is the US going to do about that?

  • cameronroryscottsimon - 2011-05-02 17:55

    Do me and yourself a favour and Google September 11 world trade centres conspiracy theories and you will very soon find out that Bin Laden had tea with the Bush's shortly before 9/11. The bush's sell weapons to the middle east and he was all in on it. He is not dead that is for sure. 9/11 was set up by the Americans and they used Bin Laden as a diversion. It was a way for them to get into a war to fuel there economy. take a look at how the gold price rocketed on 9/11/2001 it went up nearly $ 50 in a day. the Americans are behind it all never trust a Yank

      Kobus - 2011-05-02 18:07

      You, my little conspiracy dwarf, should go and hang yourself.

      slg - 2011-05-02 18:09

      Yeah right. And America attacked itself. All this is a staged pantomime to enrich George Bush. We're all missing the real story. Only you and a few others know the truth. - 2011-05-02 18:33

      The Nazis attacked their own parliament to justify WW2. Why would another country not use the same tactics?

      slg - 2011-05-02 18:42

      Because the US is not Nazi Germany. Wake up man!

      Ingwe - 2011-05-02 19:36

      Cameron you are a prize 1 idiot

      Alex Millne - 2011-05-02 19:59

      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

  • Kobus - 2011-05-02 18:00

    To those wailing about the (rightfully) violent death of Bin Laden: the USA (and Israel) will continue to annihilate the misguided forces of jihad....however long it takes.

  • Mark Daniels - 2011-05-02 18:09

    Wow this must be the first news artical I have read that has not started the race debate!!

  • tryanything - 2011-05-02 19:41

    Basic rule of survival: dont trust anybody.F+K

  • tryanything - 2011-05-02 19:44

    Nixon got caught out too.

  • Chibuli - 2011-05-02 19:49

    No article in the history of News24 has induced as much intellectually-challenged comment as this one. Go back and read some of the crap spewed forth above. Probably the most intelligent comment so far is Gatvol's "Watch out for the revenge attacks". Let the pathetic little conspiracy theories begin...

  • CdnMoose - 2011-05-02 20:26

    Bin Laden forgot one key item in life..." Live by the sword....Die by the sword"...good riddance to this low life and everything he represented.

  • RSI WIT - 2011-05-02 21:05

    Hmmm ... He is buried at see already ?? Obama been asked for his birth certificate and suddenly Bin laden is dead ?? Why does this all sound not right ???

  • Alex Millne - 2011-05-02 21:08

    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 - 2011-05-02 21:49

      You're being a screw-ball of the highest order

      Alex Millne - 2011-05-02 23:04

      How dare you call me rude names! I dont think thats nice at all.

  • Michael Matusowsky - 2011-05-02 21:10

    Why capture someone who was going to be killed via Death penalty anyway after going under US court trial? Really now. Just kill the bastard rather than spend peoples money.

  • Malcolm - 2011-05-03 07:51

    Ozyman, You have a good point about the fuzzy photos. They always seem to be fuzzy. In this world of modern computers, cell phones etc, one would think they could come up with some decent footage of this dude.

  • Malcolm - 2011-05-03 07:57

    On thing is for sure. I am suddenly starting to feel a lot safer way down in the southern part of Africa.

  • Yasr - 2011-05-03 09:04

    Jesus Christ - Some people will believe anything. I am often amazed at News24's Plebian readers.

  • Faerie - 2011-05-03 13:39

    For once this has been very amusing reading. If that scumbag is not dead, he sure as hell is locked up and tied with a heavy weight ball and chain somewhere, sor very good reason. You guys have given many points of view and it would be very interesting to know the outcome of all this scenario. @Cameronroryscottsimon... Wow how did you think that one out ? Conspiracies, in my opinion, only exist in Hollywood. I DO NOT believe that the American State Society would commit such a diabolical deed towards their own people. But thanks guys, your comments were really funny.

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