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Government leaders react to death of Osama bin Laden

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Crowds gathers outside the White House in Washington early Monday, May 2, 2011, to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta Crowds gathers outside the White House in Washington early Monday, May 2, 2011, to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta
Crowds gathers outside the White House in Washington to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) By Pablo Martinez Monsivais Crowds gathers outside the White House in Washington to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) By Pablo Martinez Monsivais
A crowd outside the White House in Washington, cheers Sunday, May 1, 2011, upon hearing the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is dead. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta A crowd outside the White House in Washington, cheers Sunday, May 1, 2011, upon hearing the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is dead. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta
Crowds gathers outside the White House in Washington to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) By Pablo Martinez Monsivais Crowds gathers outside the White House in Washington to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) By Pablo Martinez Monsivais
A crowd outside the White House in Washington, cheer Sunday, May 1, 2011, upon hearing the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is dead. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta A crowd outside the White House in Washington, cheer Sunday, May 1, 2011, upon hearing the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is dead. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta

 

"This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.” -- Former President George W. Bush
“Osama bin Laden’s death is a major victory for America. This development is the culmination of the sacrifices and dedication from our brave troops and intelligence professionals. After nearly a decade, it also brings a great measure of justice and closure for all Americans who lost loved ones as a result of the brutal attacks against our nation on 9/11. While this does not mean the end of our fight against global terrorism, bin Laden’s death is a major blow to al-Qaeda and the terrorist organizations that he financed.” – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.)
 
   "I congratulate the president, the national security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks." -- former President Bill Clinton.
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“I was advised by Vice President Biden this Sunday evening that Osama bin Laden has been killed. Though this is not the end of the threat of terrorism, it is a clear warning to our enemies that when they threaten and kill Americans, they will be pursued and held accountable. Our nation owes a great debt of gratitude to our intelligence community and military for pursuing this manhunt for almost ten years and successfully eliminating the most high profile terrorist on earth. Those who believed bin Laden and his network were invincible will now awaken to a new reality.” - U. S. Senator Dick Durbin (IL)
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“The death of Osama bin Laden is an extremely important and historic milestone in our fight against global terrorism.  Nearly 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, this accomplishment is first and foremost a testament to the dedicated service of the men and women of our armed forces and intelligence agencies.  Their determined and unflagging efforts have made this day possible, and I commend them all.  However, while bin Laden’s death is a significant victory and gives us some sense of closure, this is not the end of al Qaeda and we must not let this great achievement in any way lessen our resolve to combat terrorism.  We must maintain the same level of vigilance moving forward.”  -- U. S. Congressman Jerry Costello (IL)
 
      "The Americans have previously killed other Islamists leaders... Their students will continue the jihad and we shall retaliate against the Americans, Israel, Europe and Christians in Somalia with destructive explosions and other acts that will harm them." -- Mohamed Asman Arus, spokesman for al-Shabab, Somalia's most dangerous militant group.
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"After 10 long years, we finally have justice.  Thanks go to our brave troops who even now are fighting and dying to protect us.  Though justice is served, the road to lasting peace and security is long.  I look forward to working with our allies in the months ahead to achieve that goal." -- U. S. Congressman Russ Carnahan (MO) 
   "This is a day of great honor to the survivors and victims of terrorism in the world. A day to remember those whose lives were changed forever. A day of great relief to us victims and survivors to see that bin Laden has been killed." -- Douglas Sidialo, who lost his eyesight in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya.
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      "The battle between us and international tyranny is long and will not be stopped by the martyrdom of our beloved one, the lion of Islam. How many martyrdom seekers have been born today?" -- a top al-Qaida ideologue who goes by the online name "Assad al-Jihad2".
 
 
 
  "This is great news for the security of the American people and a victory in our continued fight against al-Qaida and radical extremism around the world. We continue to face a complex and evolving terrorist threat, and it is important that we remain vigilant in our efforts to confront and defeat the terrorist enemy and protect the American people." -- House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
 
 
 
   "This is the most significant victory in our fight against al-Qaida and terrorism, but that fight is not over. We will continue to support our troops and the American civilians who are fighting every day to protect our homeland." -- Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
 
 
 
      "The news that Osama Bin Laden is dead will bring great relief to people across the world. It is a great success that he has been found and will no longer be able to pursue his campaign of global terror." -- British Prime Minister David Cameron.
 
 
 
   "To be quite frank, I am very happy that this man is dead. I was always raised, obviously, never to hope for someone's death, but I'm willing to make an exception in this case... He was evil personified, and our world is a better place without him." -- Gordon Felt, head of a family group for United Flight 93, which crashed into a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11.
 
 
   "Bin Laden was the symbolic figure of international terrorism that respects no lives, that only kills and only destroys. He pretended to act in the name of Islam, but that was a mockery of this faith; it also was a mockery of every other religion in this world." -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
 
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