President Obama spoke at 10:36 CT.
He gave a quick review of 9/11 and of ten years of work by military and counter-terrorism professionals, citing accomplishments as well as failure to catch Osama bin Laden.
President Obama made capture/killing of bin Laden top CIA priority. In August, they picked up a lead that then took months to run to ground, leading to a compound deep inside Pakistan. The operation to capture him was authorized last week. Today, the operation was carried out in Abbottabad, Pakistan, 150km north of Islamabad. No US casualties. There was a firefight in which bin Laden was killed.
The Pakistani government is happy about the outcome of this operation.
All US military installations have been placed on the highest alert.
Today is the 8th anniversary of Bush’s “Mission accomplished.”