In a late-night broadcast on May 2, 2011, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. military and CIA operatives located and killed Osama bin Laden, leader of the terrorist group al-Qaeda. Bin Laden’s death occurred during a nighttime raid on a compound in Pakistan where he had been hiding.
Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that killed thousands of Americans, and his death was a breaking and memorable moment for all Americans who remembered the pain of 9/11.
Below are six memorable news moments after Bin Laden’s death:
CNN chief national correspondent John King confirmed Osama bin Laden is dead. King highlighted the impact of 9/11, and how bin Laden had a huge impact not only on the United States, but on the world as a whole.
The clip below is President Obama’s official announcement from the White House confirming Bin Laden’s death.
New York and Philadelphia radio broadcasters relayed the atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park as new began to spread among the crowd of the death of Osama bin Laden. This footage shows the true impact Bin Laden and his actions had on everyday American citizens.
The clip below shows the celebrations of Americans gathered in Washington, D.C. and at Ground Zero in New York after Bin Laden’s death.
CNN’s Chris Lawrence reported on the military assault that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. He described that the special operations team who pursued Bin Laden had practiced the mission numerous times before getting approval to enter the massive three-story compound where the terror leader was hiding. Bin Laden resisted detainment and was killed on the spot.
House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders commented on the death of Osama bin Laden. Boehner described Bin Laden’s death as an “important moment in the war against Islamic radicalism.”