Tonight, the White House made the surprise announcement that Osama Bin Laden is dead as a result of small precision strike against his compound in Pakistan, following a brief fire-fight.
Eight years to the day, on the anniversary of former President George W. Bush's infamous "Mission Accomplished" carrier speech, the mission has - finally - been accomplished.
Osama Bin Laden has been killed, and his body is in US custody. For those who fear that an outbreak of outraged violence may result from accusations of mishandling of the body, it appears that assurances of proper handling of the body have already been made. Via Meteor Blades of Daily Kos:
In a background briefing from several senior officials, which is now in the question-and-answer phase, it was stated:
The action was a surgical raid by small team and sought to minimize civilian damage.
In addition to Osama bin Laden, three adult men were killed, including one believed to be bin Laden's son. One woman being used as a shield in the compound was also killed. Two women were injured.
The team was in the compound for 40 minutes.
Lost a helicopter due to mechnical failure. It was destroyed.
[Update]: Osama bin Laden's body will be handled in accordance with Islamic tradition.
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Get the full text of the President's remarks over the fold.