American leaders hail killing of Osama bin Laden

May 2nd, 2011 - 5:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, May 2(ANI): US political leaders have hailed the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist, in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

US President Barack Obama had ordered the raid by a small team of US special forces, which found bin Laden, who had evaded capture for a decade, in a home in a fortified compound in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar, Pakistan.

US Senator from Arizona John McCain said the world would be a better and more just place now that bin Laden is no longer in it.

“I am overjoyed that we finally got the world’s top terrorist. I hope the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks will sleep easier tonight and every night hence knowing that justice has been done. I commend the President and his team, as well as our men and women in uniform and our intelligence professionals, for this superb achievement,” ABC New quoted McCain, as saying.

“But while we take heart in the news that Osama bin Laden is dead, we must be mindful that Al-Qaeda and its terrorist allies are still lethal and determined enemies, and we must remain vigilant to defeat them,” he added.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry said the Saudi-born terrorist’s death closes an important chapter in the US’ war against extremists who kill innocent people around the world.

“We are a nation of peace and laws, and people everywhere should understand that our ten-year manhunt was in search of justice not revenge. Terrorists everywhere must never doubt that the United States will hunt them down no matter where they are, no matter how long it takes,” Kerry said.

“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women of our intelligence agencies and our military for their tireless dedication and enormous sacrifice to bring justice to a man responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11 and thousands more men, women, and children around the world,” he added.

He also highlighted that a single death does not end the threat from Al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups.

“We must remain vigilant and committed to keeping the world safe and secure,” Kerry said.

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner said it is great news for the security of the American people and a victory in the continued fight against Al-Qaeda and radical extremism around the world.

“We continue to face a complex and evolving terrorist threat, and it is important that we remain vigilant in our efforts to confront and defeat the terrorist enemy and protect the American people. I want to congratulate — and thank — the hard-working men and women of our Armed Forces and intelligence community for their tireless efforts and perseverance that led to this success,” Boehner said.

“I also want to commend President Obama and his team, as well as President Bush, for all of their efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice,” he added.

Republican Congressman from New York Peter King said the “great success” would not have been possible without the tireless work of countless brave men and women who have served around the world in this “War on Terror”.

“Today, the American people have seen justice. The leader of the United States’ top enemy has gotten what he deserves for orchestrating the deaths of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans on September 11, 2001,” King said.

“In 2001, President Bush said ‘we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.’ President Bush deserves great credit for putting action behind those words. President Obama deserves equal credit for his resolve in this long war against Al-Qaeda,” he added. (ANI)

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