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  • 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.

Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the

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