US erupts as Obama confirms death of Osama bin Laden

Crowds gather outside White House to celebrate after US president announces Al Qaeda leader's death
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Students gather at the fence on the north side of the White House, pose for photographs, chant "USA! USA!" and sing the Star Spangled Banner while US President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan and his body has been recovered by US authorities, US officials said Sunday night. The mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks was killed in an American-led operation in a mansion outside Islamabad.
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People gather in Times Square may 2, 2011 shortly after the announcement from the President Obama announced that Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was dead and the US has his body. Bin Laden was killed in a mansion close to Islamabad. (Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images)]
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President Barack Obama made the dramatic announcement in a hastily called, late-night appearance at the White House: That the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks was killed in an American-led operation in a mansion outside Islamabad.
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Students gather at the fence on the north side of the White House, pose for photographs, while US president Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden. The Al Qaeda leaderwas killed on Sunday in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan and his body was recovered, president Barack Obama announced Sunday.
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People gather in Times Square may 2, 2011 shortly after the announcement from the President Obama announced that Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was dead and the US has his body. Bin Laden was killed in a mansion close to Islamabad. (Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images)]
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Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan and his body has been recovered by US authorities, US officials said Sunday night. The mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks was killed in an American-led operation in a mansion outside Islamabad
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Students gather at the fence on the north side of the White House and sing the Star Spangled Banner May 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Justice has been done," Obama said in a dramatic, late-night White House speech announcing the death of the elusive mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the New York and Washington
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Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, had repeatedly vowed to bring bin Laden to justice "dead or alive" for the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington that killed nearly 3,000 people, but never did before leaving office in early 2009.
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Obama said US forces led the operation that killed bin Laden. No Americans were killed in the operation and they took care to avoid civilian casualties, he said. (Getty Images)
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"The United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda and a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of men, women and children," Obama said. (Getty Images)
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US Marines of Regiment Combat Team 1 (RCT 1) watch TV as President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama Bin Laden, at Camp Dwyer in Helman Province, on May 2, 2011 (Getty Images)
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Students gather at the fence on the north side of the White House, pose for photographs, chant "USA! USA!" and sing the Star Spangled Banner while US President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden. Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, had repeatedly vowed to bring bin Laden to justice "dead or alive" for the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington that killed nearly 3,000 people, but never did before leaving office in early 2009. (Getty Images)
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Students gather at the fence on the north side of the White House, pose for photographs, chant "USA! USA!" and sing the Star Spangled Banner while US President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden. U.S. officials said that after searching in vain for the al Qaeda leader since he disappeared in Afghanistan in late 2001, the Saudi-born extremist was killed in the Pakistani town of Abbotabad and his body recovered. Having the body may help convince any doubters that bin Laden is really dead. (Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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US Marines of Regiment Combat Team 1 (RCT 1) watch TV as President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama Bin Laden, at Camp Dwyer in Helman Province, on May 2, 2011 (Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Students gather at the fence on the north side of the White House, pose for photographs, on hearing news of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death in Pakistan (Getty Images)
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Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan, ending a years-long hunt for the mastermind behind the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. (Getty Images)
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People gather in Times Square New York May 2, 2011 shortly after the announcement from the President Obama announced that Al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden was dead and the United States has his body. (Getty Images)
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A pedestian walks past a TV news report about the killing of Osama bin Laden, at a railway station in Seoul on May 2, 2011. US President Barack Obama said on May 1, 2011 that justice had been done after the September 11, 2001 attacks with the death of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden, but warned that Al-Qaeda will still try to attack the US (Getty Images)