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A Pakistani soldier stands near a compound where it is believed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had lived in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (AP)

Great thanks to the incredible warriors who who went to this compound and did this mission:

From the New York Times account:

He was hiding in the medium-sized city of Abbottabad, home to a large Pakistani military base and a military academy of the Pakistani Army.

The house at the end of a narrow dirt road was roughly eight times larger than other homes in the area, but had no telephone or Internet connections. When American operatives converged on the house on Sunday, Bin Laden “resisted the assault force” and was killed in the middle of an intense gun battle, a senior administration official said, but details were still sketchy early Monday morning…

In addition to Bin Laden, three men were killed during the 40-minute raid, one believed to be his son and the other two his couriers, according to an American official who briefed reporters under White House ground rules forbidding further identification. A woman was killed when she was used as a shield by a male combatant, the official said, and two others wounded.

There is a dramatic story of enormous courage and competence hinted at in those three paragraphs, one I hope is told before long by the participants in the mission. Even though they are obviously the elite of elite warriors, they are also part of an American military which has, in the 10 years since the attack on America, done amazing things with incredible courage and at incredible cost. The actual participants will receive rightly receive an enormous amount of praise and thanks when, if ever, their identities are known, but every man and woman who has worn a uniform over the past decade helped bring justice to Osama bin Laden and they all deserve thanks, as do the civilians who supported them in the long war –the war that of course continues and which will hopefully find out Zawahiri’s hiding hole next.

UPDATE: Politico’s Mike Allen has details of the assault.

The OBL is Dead Facebook page continues to pile up likes. Blog World Expo CEO Rick Calvert notes that the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and USA Today print editions he picked up this morning have no story on OBL’s demise, while the wiki on OBL had been updated twice before the president spoke last night.

“Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies,” President George W. Bush declared on September 20, 2001, “justice will be done.”

He was right, and there’s much more justice to be delivered.

Best picture is from the New York Times’ Michael Appleton:

And from Bay Ismoyo/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images, a reminder that hundreds of thousands of troops are still wacthing and waiting to dispatch additional enemies of the U.S.

UPDATE: An IT consultant on vacation live-tweeted the attack.


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