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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> " the u.n. security council welcomes the death of osama bin laden, calling it a critical development in the fight against terrorism. shot on sight, he was killed in this room at a compound in pakistan. president obama says justice has been done. >> this is a good day for america. our country has kept its commitment to see that justice is done. the world is safer. it is a better place because of the death of osama bin laden. >> his death comes nearly 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, and the victims speak of their joy. >> wonderful. i am very, very happy about it. there is a feeling of satisfaction in my heart that we got him. >> osama is dead, but questions
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now about what happens to al qaeda. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcasting to our viewers on pbs in america and elsewhere around the world. the security council urged all nations to remain a diligent and intensify their efforts to bring all perpetrators of sponsors of terrorism to justice. the al qaeda leader was killed in a top-secret shoot-to-kill. >> for many, this was about the very icon of evil.
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he cast a dark shadow as a symbol of murderous hatred in america and the west, an elusive criminal. but american forces finally ended it here. the blood soaked sheets and blood soaked floor shows where he died, not far from the pakistani capital. they believe this was specially built to high bin laden. >> after years of painstaking work, i was briefed on a possible lead on osama. it took many months to run this red to brown, 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. >> two helicopters with some 25
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special forces navy seals onboard flew into the region for a night chosen for the lack of moonlight. they flew to a town just 70 miles away from the capital of islamabad. the special forces team dropped onto the roof of the building, and one had mechanical helicopter problems and was destroyed later by the team. come inside, a sawmill was found in the bedroom and refused to surrender. he was killed with two shots to the head. one of his sons was killed as well as a woman that officials say was being used as a shield. the body of the world's most wanted man was taken from the building and later buried at sea so that no grave could become a shrine. the whole operation was monitored, and it lasted only 40 minutes, an eternity for those waiting. >> it was probably one of the most anxiety phil periods of
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time -- anxiety filled periods of time. the security of our personnel was on his mind throughout, and we wanted to make sure we could get through this mission. >> the body was washed on the u.s.s. vincent, and it was put in a bag. first rights were performed in translated into arabic by a native speaker. after the words were completed, the body was put on a board and tilted up, where the body eased into the sea. it is 10 years since the airplanes plowed into the twin towers, part of the koran in an attack on the usa that killed more than 3000 people and traumatized the country to its core. dream was an american nightmare.
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crowds gathered outside the white house celebrating. they had waited years for this. patriotic crowd gathered in new york times square. at ground zero, relatives paid more somber tribute. >> they died. they went in there and looked him in the eye, and then they shot him in the head. i know that she is in heaven, and she has a feeling of satisfaction, too, because i know that god put that man's soul into the depths of hell. >> this looks like a clear cut, uncomplicated victory. the good guys kill the bad guys, and president obama told the cia to make a killing or capturing a summit to be their top priority. he succeeded where two other presidents failed. in a ceremony honoring the military, he said there is
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nothing that america could not do when it puts its mind to it. >> i think we can all agree this is a good day for america. our country has kept its commitment to see that justice is done. the world is safer. it is a safer place because of the death of osama bin laden. >> the fbi has changed its 10 most wanted website. osama bin laden is now listed as deceased. >> joining me from washington is our correspondent tom. i hear that obama received a standing ovation when receiving. attending a dinner. is that still very much the case among americans there? >> yes, people like dick cheney, the former vice president.
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people like donald trump, a billionaire businessman who might run for the republican nomination to challenge president obama. he things to say about the president in recent weeks but praised him today. at the dinner, president obama was trying to harness that sense of unity, and he said it was comparable to that on 9/11, and he really appealed to politicians to unite, and i think that has already happened. people in the past have said not the nicest stuff about president obama, questioned his birth certificate in recent weeks, now rallying behind him. this is a moment to celebrate. it is seeing a strategic victory and an important one. >> in washington, thank you. and apparently billed as recent
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as 2005, just a two hour drive from the capital, raising questions about whether the al qaeda leader had support from inside the intelligence services. we have a report. >> it was, perhaps, more of a surprise here when the news broke than anywhere else, the american attack helicopters may have flown undetected for hundreds of miles into pakistan, just one critical detail of this mission. moving back and forth from the compound now, but it seems the pakistan army had not been part of the raid. >> and then the helicopter went down. >> close to the osama bin laden compound, they could not quite understand what was happening in their neighborhood. >> there was a massive noise, and we all ran out into the street. we saw helicopters hovering, but
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then there was more fire. >> it is clear some are finding it hard to accept, the world's most wanted man was living among them. >> well, i still do not believe that. we had heard that he had been targeted my perception is that this is just another political strategy, for the u.s. and for the pakistan government, as well. >> it is extraordinary that osama bin laden was killed here, in this beautiful, a tranquil valley in northern pakistan. the compound in which she was killed in such a short distance. and military chiefs visited. the prime minister has called a huge victory, and he is fielding uncomfortable questions as to
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how the al qaeda leader could have gone undetected under their nose. they could face a round of islamic militants bent on revenge. >> it is within our own cities. this is a war that pakistan has continued to fight. >> the coming of bin laden to pakistan has only brought violence over the years. his death that is, and will do little to change that. bbc news. >> abc news reports an exclusive look at the complex that bin laden lived and died in. cost korea >> it was a slightly dingy house even before it was ransacked in the raid. on the first floor, a bedroom, where multiple people were killed. papers left on the floor, and a
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bed, likely for a mother, a baby bed next to it. piles of blankets, clothing, and desktop computers. u.s. troops took their hard drives. on the second floor, the master bedroom, perhaps bin laden's, the only one with a large size bed and the carpet on the floor. there is blood. no sign of a kidney dialysis machine. outside, more evidence of children. toys, and outside, a razor wire. bbc news, pakistan. >> there is more by visiting the bbc news site.
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there has been mixed reaction to the death of osama bin laden in egypt. we have this report from cairo. >> well, of course, it was hinted in tahrir square. a very small minority approved of him. kind of europe. i went to university for reaction. >> i am a muslim. islam called me to tolerance.
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i am against killing of innocent people. >> in my opinion, i do not agree. i am very sad. >> one thing that nobody thank osama bin laden for was the terrorism. this is what makes the revolution which took place in this square so important, because finally, there was something that egyptians and arabs achieve double world admired. they will be hoping that the death of osama bin laden does mark a turning point where they can escape from the war on terrorism, the way it tainted them, and the way it altered the needs of u.s. foreign policy.
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>> you are watching "bbc world news." a critical development in the fight against terrorism. osama were shot dead just a few hours away from the capital of islamabad. well, for many in the west, millions, particularly in the arab world. he was a hero. our world affairs editor looks back and a man with a 25 million-dollar bounty on his head. >> for an entire decade, his was one of the most famous faces in the world. they're wondering what indeed had happened to him. throughout his entire presidency, george w. bush was
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not able to capture him. >> there was a poster out that said "wanted, dead or alive." >> senior bush administration figures did not have a clue. >> he may be in afghanistan. he may be somewhere else. >> he should never have been allowed to escape in the first place. american special forces had him in caves in eastern afghanistan, tora bora, but only hundreds of officers were involved one of thousands of troops were kept on the sideline. and local taliban commander spirited him out of the area on a secret path way, and he got away eventually to pakistan. >> after that, all we heard of him was the occasional video message, , from which every clue was carefully, looked at.
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there were many more audio messages, 30 or so, in 10 years. last year, he issued more than in any of the years since 2007. since the americans tracked him down through a courier, it must be a possibility that this relatively heavy traffic played a part in his downfall. although his message was a deeply chilling one, osama bin laden was gentle, and so softly spoken that you had to listen to him carefully. his father was an immensely rich property developer in saudi arabia, and his family was huge. his childhood seems to have been a happy one. it was the soviet invasion of afghanistan and radicalized him. the cia helped to set him up,
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but that is not strictly true. they did back some of his fundamentalist allies in afghanistan. his view was that outsiders had no right to interfere in islamic countries. when saudi arabia allowed the americans to establish bases there before and after the first gulf war, osama bin laden went on the attack. he and his closest associates started planning attacks. in february 1993 came the first attack on new york. the bombing of the world trade center, killing six and injuring 1000. there are the embassy's in tanzania and kenya.
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more than 5000 injured. in october 2000, there was an attack on american warship, the uss cole, off the coast of yemen. and then, of course, the most savage attack of all, on september 11, 2001. it showed up various weaknesses in the newly established bush administration. the president was told the news, but seven long minutes past. no instructions from the commander in chief, no warnings to the american public. a huge international sympathy marked the lack of forthright leadership. but there was a real fear in many parts of the world and especially the west. people felt bin laden could strike anywhere he wanted. in fact, although the project to invade iraq now inflame opinion in many islamic countries, there were three major attacks in the
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next three years. the bali bombings in 2002, killing over 200 people, many of them australians. in madrid, killing nearly 200, although al qaeda never admitted responsibility for this, and in july 2005, the bombs on the london transport system which killed 56 people and injured 700. in fact, osama bin laden may not have even known about these attacks before hand. they had a distinctly local feel to them. the deputy took over the leadership, but he does not seem to have anything like the strategic vision of bin laden. as for bin laden himself, his
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main concern was to stay free, even if it meant becoming a virtual prisoner of his security advisers. there has always been a strong suspicion that the intelligence, which had helped him, we're looking after him still. in the end, it was good detective work by the americans that caught osama bin laden. the americans wanted to kill bin laden, not to take him alive. we're pretty sure he wanted to die rather than be captured. john simpson, bbc news. >> there is a lecturer of islam policy at princeton university and a former advisory to the israeli security services. he explains what the implications are. >> a very important symbol of al qaeda, and the importance was in
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preaching. he was preaching the operations. it is a very substantial blow to al qaeda, but there was a long stage >> how serious you think this threat is for a serious apprise all and 4 al qaeda to regroup and coordinate some type of revenge attack? >> there is the killing of bin laden, operations.
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a gulf state, like north africa. there is leeway, and the question is whether al qaeda is capable to prepare the ground for the operation for september 11. i am quite sure they will have spectacular retaliation. >> in other news, a nato air
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raid on saturday night killed the son of gaddafi. some grandchildren were also killed. >> amid some chaotic scenes and under the eye of nato, they held a funeral today. the remains were accompanied by one of the more prominent elder brothers, by now well-known. he has tight clothes protection. his family feel threatened, .-- >> the funeral is for the most loyal supporters.
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the crowds were vocal. not as many as might have been expected. we were given all of the access we wanted. crowds were even pushed aside. we had not seen these bodies for ourselves. we do not know if this was him, but we took great care lowering him to the ground, and there was visible a motion on his brother's face. nonetheless, he left the funeral display all of the defiance of the gaddafi family. there is no sign they're willing to stand aside. bbc news. >> security forces have killed 10 people and arrested 500 others in a raid on sunday. this amateur video was released
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dealing with anti-government demonstrations for the weekend. sony has announced that 25 million more people have had their detail stolen by hackers who broke into the online gaming network. 77 million people were expected, but today's announcement revealed that their credit card details of victims in europe that were stolen from an old database. and the united nations security council has welcomed the death of osama bin laden, calling it a critical double element in the fight against terrorism. president obama received a standing ovation. this was at the white house in washington. they described as heroes those who had been involved in the raid. you can catch the latest developments on screen.
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