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The founder and spiritual figurehead for al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, is dead.
President Barack Obama said in an address from the White House that a small group of Americans conducted the operation to kill bin Laden in Pakistan, and cooperation from Pakistani authorities is important.
"Shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden's top priority in our war against al Qaeda," Mr. Obama said. "Tonight, we can say to those who lost loved ones in al Qaeda's terror, justice is done."
Mr. Obama president no fewer than five meetings the National Security Council meeting in the pursuit of bin Laden, CBS News has learned, and given orders to plan an attack on his compound suspected the morning of April 29. He gave the final order for Sunday morning attack, which he described his speech as resulting in a "firefight" in which no U.S. personnel were harmed.
U.S. officials said the helicopter raid in Pakistan is carried out by CIA paramilitaries with the elite Navy SEAL Team Six. The U.S. team took custody of bin Laden's remains, which American officials said was handled in accordance with Islamic tradition.
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One U.S. official said on inside information is key to successful operation. Detainees and cooperation from foreign authorities is crucial in providing information that led to his capture.
The CIA has for decades tried to gain the trust of those close to al Qaeda boss. Terror detainees "U.S. flag people providing direct support" to bin Laden. A lone courier in particular, an associate of other senior al Qaeda member, in the end proved crucial.
CBS News said that courier is "trusted" by bin Laden. "We identified areas where it courier and his brother operated, but they had extensive security operation," said the official - and the elaborate security procedures that made the U.S. even more questionable whom they are catering to.
In August, 2010, intelligence officials found what they suspected bin Laden's residence in Abbotabad, Pakistan, a prosperous area with many retired military. The compound is surrounded by an 8-foot wall with barbed wire. There are more walls inside and two security doors. Also telling was that they burned garbage, unlike their neighbors. There is a terrace on the 3rd floor in a 7-foot privacy wall. It was a million-dollar home with no phone or internet connection, custom built to hide a person of importance. Another key indicator is that a family living there, one being the size and make up is the same as the bin Ladens.
Bin Laden's capture sent the crowd outside the White House, Times Square and at West Point in nature celebrations.
The long-lost terrorist mastermind has eluded an aggressive hunt by U.S. authorities for almost ten years since the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC on 11 September 2001.
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan reports that human intelligence is vital to kill bin Laden, which is a key to boost the international image of U.S. intelligence gathering, because it says that no enemy is safe anywhere.
Bin Laden's death is a major characteristic for G. Obama and his national security team, as the administrations of both President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush hunted the Saudi-born terrorist.
In a statement late Sunday, former President Bush said: "This achievement marks a momentous victory for America, for people who seek peace across the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001 The fight against terrorism goes on., but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice is done ".
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Moments after Obama spoke, the State Department put the U.S. Embassy alert and warned of the heightened possibility for anti-American violence. Worldwide travel alerts, the department said there was "enhanced potential for anti-American violence recently provided counterterrorism activities in Pakistan."
Security at "strategic area in Pakistan has been beefed up as a precaution against any revenge in the news of Osama bin Laden's death" a senior Pakistani security official told CBS News earlier on Monday. "If he (bin Laden) is really dead, there will be attempts to avenge," said the official who spoke to CBS News on condition of anonymity.
Officials said they also believe that death puts bin Laden's al Qaeda on a path of decline that is difficult to reverse, but no word on the whereabouts of bin Laden's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri.
The stunning end to the most widely-watched people in the world finding comes just months before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, orchestrated by al Qaeda, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
The attack a decade ago seemed to come from nowhere, even if al Qaeda had previously struck American targets abroad.
The terrorists hijacked airplanes, flew one of them in one of Manhattan's Twin Towers - and, moments later, on the other one. Both buildings collapsed, trapping thousands in and also claiming the lives of firefighters and others who had rushed to help them.
The third plane slammed into the Pentagon, defacing the symbol of America's military night. Officials have speculated that the fourth plane was heading for the U.S. Capitol or perhaps even the White House when it crashed in Pennsylvania.
The attack set off a chain of events that led to the United States in the war in Afghanistan, then Iraq, and America's entire intelligence apparatus has been overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.