One decade later after the 9/11 attacks that took the lives of more than 3.000 people, including 24 Canadians, Osama bin Laden, the leader and symbol of al Qaeda, has been killed during a US special raid.
In cooperation with the Pakistan intelligence, the American counterterrorism professionals managed to track the compound bin Laden was hiding in. “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", stated President Obama as he addressed the Nation late during the night, on May 1st, 2011.
“For over two decades bin Laden 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”, said Obama. "Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Al-Qaida 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."
“We have 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… We can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done”, declared the American president.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said "Canada receives the news of the death of Osama bin Laden with sober satisfaction, but his death does not end the threat of international terrorism. Sadly, others will take his place."