Obama: Bin Laden was 'mass murderer of Muslims'

May 01, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

President Barack Obama just spoke to the American people about the U.S. operation that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. 

Some key points from the president's brief speech: 

• Obama praised the "tireless and heroic work" of the military. 

• Obama said he directed CIA director Leon Panetta to make the "killing or capture" of bin Laden his top priority. 

• The president said a lead developed in August about bin Laden's whereabouts. The terrorist was "hiding in a compound deep" within Pakistan. He said he authorized a "targeted operation" against bin Laden and U.S. military members killed him after a "fire fight."

• Obama called bin Laden a "mass murderer of Muslims" and said his killing was a "significant achievement."

• Obama gave a nod to President George W. Bush who first launched the hunt for bin Laden and specified that the U.S. "War on Terror" is not a war on Islam. 

• The president closed his remarks saying, "Justice has been done."  

Here's the full video of the speech: 

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