Patt Morrison for May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden: world’s most notorious terrorist, now dead

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A passerby looks at newspaper headlines reporting the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Osama bin Laden, the figurehead of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, has been killed in a military operation supervised by the CIA. The operation, which occurred this past Sunday, was centered on a walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Navy Seals bypassed 18 foot falls under the cover of darkness and after reportedly being fired on by bin Laden and his three sons, emerged triumphant. They were then able to acquire the corpse of the notorious terror suspect. Last night President Obama went before press to confirm reports in a hopeful, yet pragmatic speech. What could this monumental casualty mean for the future of America’s war on terror? How influential is Al Qaeda today and how greatly will this loss affect them?


Cyril Almeida, columnist editor at The Dawn in Karachi, Pakistan

Joseph Felter, colonel, currently assigned to the US Army War College and is a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution

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