US celebrations bin Laden's death
As the news of bin Laden's death spread, crowds gathered outside the White House in
to celebrate. Washington DC
president George Bush called his death a "momentous achievement". US
"The fight against terror goes on, but tonight
has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done," Bush said in a statement. America
The operation had been in the making for the last nine or 10 months.inside
, there have been suggestions that Pakistani intelligence may have been protecting them Pakistan
US authorities got intelligence last September and were able to track bin Laden down through his couriers. They followed them to his compound which is reported to be worth over a million dollars.
Bin Laden's was considered by many as a hero, but not to the extent that people would come out on the streets. The reaction so far not likely to be strong on the streets, perhaps a protest here or there by the religious parties
Afghan officials described bin Laden's killing as a "symbolic victory", since he was no longer directly connected to the group's field operations.
Mark Kimmit, a
military analyst, said bin Laden's death "was not the end of terrorism, but an end of a chapter." US
Capturing or killing bin Laden has more iconic value. It will have symbolic value, because it has been a number of years since bin Laden has exercised day to day control over operations. We still have an al-Qaeda threat out there and that will be there for a number of years.
But (al-Qaeda) is more than bin Laden, it may be symbolised by bin Laden, but it definitely is more than bin Laden
It is, however, a major accomplishment for Obama and his national security team. Obama's predecessor, George Bush, had repeatedly vowed to bring to justice the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on
New York and , but never did before leaving office in early 2009. Washington
He had been the subject of a search since he eluded US soldiers and Afghan militia forces in a large-scale assault on the Tora Bora mountains in 2001. The trail quickly went cold after he disappeared and many intelligence officials believed he had been hiding in
While in hiding, bin Laden had taunted the West and advocated his views in videotapes spirited from his hideaway.