Osama Bin Laden Operation Months in Making

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 Osama Bin Laden Operation Months in Making*Taken from ABC News.

President Obama heralded Osama bin Laden‘s death as a major milestone in the war against al Qaeda, and “justice” for families of the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Obama said the operation carried out Sunday afternoon in northwest Pakistan resulted from “years of painstaking work” by intelligence agencies that yielded new clues to bin Laden’s whereabouts starting last summer.

“I met repeatedly with my National Security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located Bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside Pakistan,” Obama said in an address from the East Room of the White House Sunday night.

“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,” Obama said.

A senior administration official said key members of the national security team gathered in the White House situation room at 1 p.m. Sunday to monitor the operation, which was carried out on the ground by a small group of Navy SEALS.

Nearly three hours later, Obama was informed that bin Laden’s body had been tentatively identified. The identity was later confirmed, likely through DNA testing.

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