04 May, 2011

Osama Bin Laden killed

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported the death of Osama Bin Laden.    President Obama said -

“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” .... “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

It was later reported, much to the consternation of some Muslims, that the body was buried at sea. 

According to the US Government, Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the attacks on America on 11th September 2001 - usually abbreviated to 9/11.  A number of "conspiracy theories" have grown up around these events. 

See The Independent 4th May 2011 - Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC - who questions whether "justice" has actually been done.

Many questions are being asked over this operation which. it appears, was monitored by the US President and other senior government officials and which has undoubtedly given Obama a popularity boost with many American voters.  In early April 2011, the U.K. agreed to triple aid for schools in Pakistan.  Given the U.K.'s present economic difficulties, this was a very unpopular move by the British coalition government.  Services within the U.K. are being drastically cut.

The trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others who are held by the USA in connection with 9/11 will be by a Military Commission - see Amnesty.

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