Bin Laden Killed in a joint operation??
Editor’s note: Finally United States has killed Osama. The details are not clear yet but it seems Osama Bin Laden was killed in a missile attack on a compound in the city of Abbottabad, a place of huge military installments. There was a news of helicopter crash last night, the whole area was cordoned off by Pakistan Army and massive military movement was seen in the area. As in the current scenario and bitter US-Pak relations’ perspective, it was difficult for the US special forces to conduct a ground operation in the city of Abbottabad.
Some report says that the operation was conducted by US military gunships and one of them was shot down during this. But all these are mere speculations, details will soon come out in the coming days and hours.
U.S. operation killed Osama bin Laden, Obama says
Osama bin Laden is dead and his body has been recovered by U.S. authorities, U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday night.
Mr. Obama made the dramatic announcement shortly in a hastily called, late-night appearance at the White House.
He said a small U.S. operation he authorized last week killed Mr. bin Laden after a firefight. He said that he was briefed last August about a lead to Mr. bin Laden’s whereabouts.
“He was a mass murder of Muslims,” Mr. Obama said, insisting that the United States is not at war against Islam.
Various news organizations had reported earlier that sources in the White House and in Pakistan had confirmed bin Laden’s death almost a decade after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.
A crowd of hundreds gathered outside the White House to celebrate, chanting, “USA, USA.”
Officials have long believed Mr. bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Mr. bin Laden was killed at a compound inside Pakistan.
The Saudi-born al-Qaeda leader became both the face of global terrorism and a symbol of the futile efforts to seek it out and fight it.
While his death is a victory for the anti-terror crusade by the U.S. and its allies, it’s unlikely his demise will end the now-fractured network of terror cells that reaches across the world.
Counter-terror experts have noted al-Qaeda has grown into a more fragmented movement, its violent ideas having been franchised over to local allies who can operate without a central, larger-than-life figurehead leader.
“Al-Qaeda is an organization that evolved into an ideology, with Osama bin Laden’s message receiving widespread attention in the Muslim world,” said Peter Bergen, one of the rare Western journalists who has met Mr. bin Laden in person.
“Clearly, the ideology will survive Osama bin Laden’s death.”
Al-Qaeda has farmed out attacks to regional players in East Africa, Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East, local radical partners it inspired and funded over the years, said Rohan Gunaratna, author of Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror.
“It will be a messy blow to the main al-Qaeda structure but the threat of terrorism will continue.”
At the same time, there are other examples of terrorist groups losing momentum after the capture of their charismatic leader.
After Turkey seized Abdullah Ocalan of the Kurdistan Workers Party, an initial wave of retaliatory attacks eventually petered and his supporters ended their armed campaign. In Peru, the arrest of Abimael Guzman Reymoso of the Shining Path decimated the violent Maoist movement.
Mr. bin Laden reached out to various associated groups, such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines, Jemaah Islamiah, elsewhere in southeast Asia, the Salafi Group in Algeria and other insurgents in Indonesia and Yemen. These groups provided not only a striking capacity but also training facilities, filling in for the loss of al-Qaeda’s camps in Afghanistan.
“These groups play an equally important role. We are seeing terrorist capability in the regional, local Islamic radical groups,” Mr. Gunaratna said.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaeda has been severely crippled, losing its sanctuary in Afghanistan. Top operational planners have been captured — such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah — or killed, such as Muhammad Atef. More than 3,000 alleged members or supporters have been arrested, more than of 600 of whom are now languishing in indefinite detention at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The U.S. and its allies have seized massive caches of weapons, handbooks and, more importantly, computers, videotapes and other electronics such as satellite and cellular phones that can be examined to retrace their former owners’ activities and whereabouts.
Financial regulators have frozen tens of millions of dollars in assets from individuals and groups alleged to be raising funds for terrorism.
But al-Qaeda’s brand of terror hasn’t been put out of business. It has been accused of having a hand in everything from deadly 2002 bombings in Bali that left hundreds dead to the recent uprisings in Libya and Yemen to last week’s bombing in Marrakesh, which killed 15 people in the usually peaceful country’s deadliest attack since 2003.
– with reports from Reuters, Associated Press
پاکستان ملٹری اکیڈمی کے قریب فوجی ہیلی کاپٹر تباہ
بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد
اطلاعات کے مطابق پاکستان کے شہر ایبٹ آباد کے قریب کاکول میں پاکستان ملٹری اکیڈمی کے پاس ایک فوجی ہیلی کاپٹر ایک مکان پر گر کر تباہ ہو گیا ہے۔
پولیس کے مطابق فوج نے علاقے کو گھیرے میں لے لیا ہے اور سول انتظامیہ کو وہاں جانے کی اجازت نہیں دی گئی ہے۔ تاہم واقعے کی جگہ پر آگ بجھانے کے لیے فائر بریگیڈ کے عملے کو جانے دیا گیا ہے۔
پولیس حکام نے نامہ نگار ذوالفقار علی کو بتایا کہ پہلے علاقے سے دھماکوں کی آوازیں آئیں جس کے بعد ہیلی کاپٹر اڑا اور پھر فائرنگ کی آواز سنائی دی جس کے بعد ہیلی کاپٹر گر گیا اور آگ لگ گئی۔
عینی شاہدین کے مطابق فوج نے تین کلو میٹر تک علاقے کو گھرے میں لیا ہوا ہے اور فوج کے کئی ٹرک واقعے کی جگہ کی طرف جاتے ہوئے دیکھے گئے ہیں۔
ایک مقامی صحافی نے بتایا کہ وہاں کافی تعداد میں فوجی اہلکار موجود ہیں جنہوں نے علاقے کا محاصرہ کیا ہوا ہے۔ انہوں نے بتایا کہ واقعے کی جگہ پر فوج کے اعلیٰ حکام بھی پہنچ گئے ہیں اور وہاں ایک درجن سے زائد ایمبولنسیں اور فائر انجن دیکھے گئے ہیں۔ جبکہ صحافیوں کو تصاویر لینے کی اجازت نہیں دی جا رہی ہے۔
ان کا کہنا تھا کہ اس واقعہ کے بعد علاقے میں فوج کی غیر معمولی اور وسیع پیمانے پر نقل و حرکت دیکھی گئی جو اس سے پہلے کبھی نہیں دیکھی گئی۔
اس واقعے کے بارے میں اب تک فوج کی جانب سے کوئی تفصیلات نہیں بتائی گئی ہیں کہ یہ واقعہ کیسے پیش آیا اور اس میں کتنے افراد ہلاک یا زخمی ہوئے ہیں
اسامہ بن لادن ہلاک ہوگئے، صدر باراک اوبامہ کا اعلان
اسامہ بن لادن امریکہ کی انتہائی مطلوب افراد کی فہرست میں پہلے نمبر پر تھے
امریکہ کے صدر باراک اوبامہ نے اعلان کیا ہے کہ القاعدہ کے سربراہ اسامہ بن لادن کو امریکی فوج نے ہلاک کر دیا ہے۔ صدر اوبامہ نے یہ اعلان وائٹ ہاوس میں میڈیا سے اپنے براہ راست خطاب کے ذریعے کیا۔
صدر باراک اوبامہ نے کہا کہ امریکی فوج کی ایک ٹیم نے یہ آپریشن پاکستان کے علاقے ایبٹ آباد میں کیا جہاں اسامہ بن لادن ایک گھر میں چھپے ہوئے تھے۔
امریکی صدر نے کہا کہ اسامہ بن لادن کی لاش امریکی فوج نے حاصل کر لی ہے۔
صدر اوبامہ نے اپنے خطاب میں کہا کہ پاکستانی فوج کے تعاون سے امریکہ اس جگہ پر پہچنے میں کامیاب ہوا جہاں اسامہ بن لادن چھپے ہوئے تھے۔
انہوں نے کہا کہ امریکہ کے صدر کا عہدہ سنبھالتے ہی انہوں نے سی آئی اے کے سربراہ لیون پنیٹا کو ہدایت دے دی تھی کہ اسامہ کی ہلاکت یا گرفتاری ان کی اولین ترجیحات میں سے ایک ہے۔
صدر اوبامہ نے کہا کہ انہوں نے گزشتہ ہفتے اس آپریشن کی منظوری دی تھی۔
امریکہ کو گیارہ ستمبر دو ہزار ایک میں دہشت گردی کے واقعات سے پہلے سے اسامہ بن لادن کی تلاش تھی۔
گیارہ ستمبر دو ہزار ایک کے روز نیویارک کے ورلڈ ٹریڈ سینٹر اور پینٹاگون پر ہونے والے دہشت گردی کے حملوں میں تین ہزار سے زائد افراد مارے گئے تھے۔
ان واقعات کے بعد سے اسامہ امریکہ کی انتہائی مطلوب افراد کی فہرست میں پہلے نمبر پر تھے۔
بن لادن کی ہلاکت کی خبر ملتے ہی وائٹ ہاوس کے باہر لوگ جمع ہو گئے اور انہوں نے خوشی میں نعرے لگائے۔
Question of the day.. Why Abpara and Pindi Brigade was silent??
Text of President Obama’s remarks on Osama’s death
SOURCE: White House
THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.
And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.
On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.
We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda — an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.
Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.
Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.
And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.
Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.
Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.
For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.
Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.
As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.
Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we’ve done. But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.
Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.
The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.
So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done.
Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.
We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.
Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.
And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.
The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.
Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.
Interesting point, he was surviving on Dialysis due to Kidneys dysfunction, how he was living in Abbottabad, where he was getting his treatments, Off course the military hospitals
لوگ یہ بھی کہتے تھے کہ اسامہ پاکستان میں ہو ہی نہیں سکتا یہ سب امریکی پروپگنڈہ ہے ،اب وہ ابٹ آباد سے کیسے نکلا ؟
کچھ لوگ یہ بھی کہتے تھے کہ یہ امریکا اجنٹ ہے ا محظ ایک مفروضہ ہے اب اگر وہ مر گیا تو رونا کس بات کا ؟
اس کا مطلب ہے لال مسجد کے پیچھے بھی اسامہ ہی تھے ابٹ آباد میں بیٹھ کر ڈائریکشن دیتا ہوگا
منور حسن ،عمران خان ،حمید گل کو سب پتا تھا پر یہی رات لگاتے تھے کے اسامہ یہاں نہیں ہے
Cantt areas throughout Pakistan are virtually no bound areas for bloody civilians.In case you intend to enter any of these fortifications, you have to prove your entire genealogy at the guard room.
Anyways America’s No.1 enemy and an international terrorist namely Osama Bin Laden was found living inside the bounds of a fortress, hardly a kilometer away from where our future rulers are trained and groomed,the Pakistan Military Academy.
For the last decade our security establishment has been vehemently denying of any knowledge regarding the whereabouts of the great terrorist,even Musharraf as army chief denied his presence in Pakistan several times,yet finally he was found inside the protective lap of the military machine which ensured his illegitimate rule for more than a decade.We maintained our record.Aimal Kansi found in D.G Khan,Yousaf Ramzi in Islamabad,Abu Zubaida in Faisalabad,Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in Rawalpindi and now the king from Abbotabad.So as a consequence this State(read security establishment) retained its tradition of harbouring terrorists.Obama told in his speech that he talked to Zardari on this,perhaps Zardari would have come to know of this operation through Obama,Gillani perhaps is still unaware as to what happened,perhaps he would be trying to contact General Pasha,who perhaps would not be availabale to the PM.However sunny days are ahead for Pakistan and its security apparatus which has been fooling the entire world for decades.
Anyways let’s see what happens next but very soon the defenders of this ill-fated State are going to land all their country men into thick soup.
May God protect us.
Well one important matter is closed.What will happen to the likes of Hamid Mir, who thrived on their contacts with OBL and Al Qaeda!
Honestly, Abbotabad must have been a surprise for all and sundry. Imagine the clout of OBL, staying in a comfortable place near the PMA!!!
And that was the reason that there so much “activity” in Pakistan Military over the last few months. I would think that all those big mouth remarks by the Don (Kyani) about Drones etc. were really about the OBL issue.
All credit goes to Asif Zardari as he must have played an important role not only ensuring that US “operatives” can do an independent operation but I am sure he would have role in finally identifying the location of OBL.
I am however afraid that the coming weeks are going to be difficult in Pakistan, we need all the democratic forces united as Pakistan Army after coming out of the shock would probably dislodge the democracy at first opportunity.
BTW ISPR website (ispr.gov.pk) is down with a very cryptic message.
I believe this was operation by US navy Seals, they just informed IS at the nick of time. Otherwise ISI would have shifted their daddy to some other place. The Dog is no more.
worst creature of Earth OSAMA PIG Laden had beeen killed, But we r Sad he had been Died in One Single Bullet, He was Curl, terrorist, killer of Inocent people he should be buthered like they done in Past. UBL. Thoooooooooo
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