The announcement by Obama from the East Room of the White House. “after a firefight” U.S. forces “killed bin Laden and took custody of his body.” No Americans were harmed and care was taken to avoid civilian casualties, Obama said.
“We have never forgotten your loss. Today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people, Americans can do whatever we set our minds to. …We are one nation, under God, indivisible for liberty and justice for all.”
Bin Laden, 54, was a member of a wealthy Saudi family and has been on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives List since 1999.
Bin Laden broke with Saudi leaders over their beliefs regarding Israel. He was eventually denounced by his family and gave up citizenship.