United States of America President Barack Obama says he hopes that in Osama bin Laden’s last moments, the master terrorist understood that the U.S. had come for him to avenge the killing of more than 3,000 people on September 11, 2001, reports CNN.
Obama sat down CNN’s Peter Bergen in the main Situation Room – better known as the John F. Kennedy Conference Room – and he talked about the raid that killed the founder and head Al-Qaeda; the terrorist network of Islamic extremists.
Bergen notes that: “the last person that Bin Laden saw on Earth was an American.”
Obama then responds, saying: “and hopefully, at that moment, he understood that the American people hadn’t forgotten the some 3,000 people who he killed.”
Obama observes he acted in the interests of Americans and the whole world to end terror.
Bergen’s exclusive interview marks the first time Obama has sat down with a journalist in the main Situation Room.
On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces during a raid on his compound hideout in Pakistan.
The then 54-year-old leader of Al-Qaeda had been the target of a nearly decade-long international search.
The raid began when 23 U.S. Navy SEALs in two Black Hawk helicopters descended on the compound in Abbottabad, a tourist and military center north of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
One of the helicopters crash-landed into the compound but no one aboard was hurt. During the raid, which lasted approximately 40 minutes, five people, including Bin Laden and one of his adult sons, were killed by U.S. gunfire.
Afterward, Bin Laden’s body was flown by helicopter to Afghanistan for official identification.
It was then buried at an undisclosed location in the Arabian Sea less than 24 hours after his death – in accordance with Islamic practice.
Just after 11:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. EAT) on May 1, President Barack Obama, who monitored the raid in real time via footage shot by a drone flying high above Abbottabad, made a televised address from the White House, announcing the long-awaited death of Bin Laden.
“Justice has been done,” the president said. After hearing the news, cheering crowds gathered outside the White House and in New York City’s Times Square and the Ground Zero site.
Al-Qaeda confirmed Bin Laden’s death on May 6 with posts made on militant websites, vowing to avenge the killing.
The raid was supported by over 90 per cent of the American public and was welcomed by the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, and a large number of governments.
However, it was condemned by others, including two-thirds of the Pakistani public.