- US President Barack Obama has hailed the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden as a "good day for America"
- Bin Laden was killed in a raid by US special forces on a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, some 100km from Islamabad. His body has been buried at sea
- He is believed to have ordered the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001, as well as a number of other deadly bombings, and topped the US "most wanted" list
- Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari has denied that the killing of Bin Laden in his country is a sign of its failure to tackle terrorism.
- The director of the CIA has said the US decided not to share information with Pakistan, fearing Bin Laden could be tipped off.
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ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper,
on the Political Punch blog, writing about the nature of the unreleased pictures of Bin Laden, says: "Officials who have seen the photographs describe them as 'gruesome'. Bin Laden has a gunshot wound to his forehead. The insides of his head are visible."
The FT and Independent lead with stories about the pending Alternative Vote referendum in the UK, while The Guardian splashes on the verdict of the "unlawful death" of Ian Tomlinson at London's G20 protests in 2009. The Independent's i, meanwhile, stays with the Bin Laden story, splashing with:
"US vows to pummel al-Qaeda"
Next to a striking picture of Renee Zellweger's back, and beneath an enticing offer to win one of the horseshoes used at the royal wedding, The Daily Mail splashes with:
"Bin Laden, the terror godfather next door"
Having splashed on Tuesday with the bold, and ultimately untrue, assertion that Bin Laden used his wife as a human shield, The Telegraph backtracks on Wednesday with the headline:
"White House backtracks on how Bin Laden died"
Wednesday's front page of The Times says the US will use the death of the al-Qaeda kingpin to launch a new offensive on the group, splashing with:
"Now destroy al-Qaeda"
An overview of tomorrow's UK front pages courtesy of Nick Sutton, editor of
What The Papers Say.
"Bin Laden unarmed - just like his 9/11 and 7/7 victims", says The Sun. The Mirror goes with "Call over", in reference to a mobile phone call that allegedly gave Bin Laden's location away.
Have a look at tomorrow's front pages.
Before we bring you a round-up of Wednesday's UK newspaper front pages, a quick update from Reuters about the possible publication of an Osama Bin Laden death photograph. The agency quotes CIA chief Leon Panetta as telling US broadcaster NBC that one such photo "will ultimately be released".
The UK media are still giving plenty of column inches to the Bin Laden story. Amid all the debate and controversy surrounding the circumstances of his death, the Daily Mail takes some time to analyse the al-Qaeda leader's penchant for pets. Its online front page is currently leading with:
It is implausible that Pakistani authorities did not know about the military operation that killed Bin Laden until it was over, argues Mosharraf Zaidi. "With its proximity to Pakistan's military academy at Kakul, there is no getting into Abbottabad's Bilal Town neighbourhood where Bin Laden lived and died by land or air without the expressed consent of Pakistan's security establishment. This may not have been an official joint operation, but it was almost certainly a collective effort,"
writes Mr Zaidi in Foreign Policy magazine.
tweets: "I don't know that releasing pictures of #Osama would be the best decision. #OBL"
Mark Urban, defence editor of the BBC's Newsnight programme,
writes in his blog
: "Those who know the secret world suggest that while politicians may not chose to make too much of an issue of possible ISI knowledge of who was resident in Abbottabad, the spooks are likely to use the suspicion of possible complicity or incompetence by the Pakistani agency as a way of keeping the pressure up on them to help."
Lt-Gen Asad Durrani, the former head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency tells the BBC's Hardtalk programme that it is "more likely" than not that the government did know about raid on Bin Laden's compound. "They had some idea about the presence and of course as far as the operation itself is concerned it is not conceivable that it was done without the involvement of Pakistani security forces at some stage," he says. "But the indications are that they were involved and they were told they were in position. The army chief was in his office, the cordons were turned around that particular place police as well as the military. The Pakistani helicopters were also in the air so that indicates that they were involved."
Zenrahim writes: "Each members of this Seal Team 6 should be knighted and honoured. They should be given the key to the city and also awarded 2nd citizenship of any country they wish."
Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has said she wants more details about the death of Osama Bin Laden. The raid in Pakistan "was a complex operation, and it would be helpful if we knew the precise facts surrounding his killing", a statement said. Ms Pillay, who has frequently stressed the importance of respecting international law during counter-terrorism operations, also acknowledged that "taking him alive was always going to be difficult".
Following on from that comment, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, has said the US should not "back away" from Pakistan. He says he favours maintaining military aid so long as there is an "eyeball-to-eyeball" conversation about bilateral ties.
Phil, from Virginia, US, writes: "I don't think we'll ever know what Pakistani authorities knew or didn't know, but it strikes me as meaningless to threaten them with withdrawal of funding and support. Nobody wants Pakistan to become a failed state, so we have the choice of accepting the partial and inconsistent help we already get from them, or just alienating and undermining them completely so that terrorists can thrive even more freely. Angry politicians in the West are selling a hard line on this issue today, but they don't have any leverage - they already got the most stable and compliant regime they could hope for in such a turbulent region."
A description of Bin Laden's burial has been
published on the US Navy's website
. It says preparations on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson began at 0110 EST (0510 GMT) and were completed by 0200 EST (0600 GMT). The body was then dropped into the Arabian Sea.
Mr Korb says he does not believe it was only a "kill operation" in Abbottabad. "Obviously, you would prefer not to capture him alive. But I do not think that they went in and were going to kill him if he had just put up his hands and surrendered right away. But I do think that given his history, and if he did try to resist, there is no doubt that they would have decided to take action," he adds.
Lawrence Korb, a former US assistant defence secretary and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, tells the BBC that the purportedly "gruesome" photos of Bin Laden's body should be released. "I think full disclosure, as quickly as possible, is best in the long run," he says. "There could be some short-term problems, people thinking we did have not treated him correctly, but they are not going to have a good opinion of the United States no matter what."
Our correspondent adds: "The statement also confirms that those members of Bin Laden's family who were left behind are now in Pakistani custody. It says they are in safe hands and the wounded are being provided the best possible medical attention. The government says it intends to hand them over to their country of origin. There is a weak attempt to portray the fortified construction of Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad as being common - a claim that almost all analysts have dismissed. The statement ends by saying that such unauthorised unilateral action should not be taken as a rule by anyone - especially the US. It is the clearest admission yet that the operation caught Pakistan's security establishment completely by surprise. The statement's tone also reflects the fear amongst the Pakistan military that such actions could be repeated in the future."
Pakistan's government has categorically denied that its security forces or military installations were used in the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, and that its civil and military leadership were completely unaware of the operation. The BBC's Shoaib Hasan in Islamabad says: "It's the most comprehensive statement from the country's top leadership since the extraordinary events that resulted in Bin Laden's death. It says neither did Pakistan have any knowledge of the operation, nor were its airbases used for the raid. The statement cites comments from US officials that Pakistani jets were scrambled to intercept the helicopters as proof of this. But it has no clear explanation as to why the jets were then restrained from shooting down the invading aircraft."
John Burns, a veteran war correspondent, tells MSNBC there is a "risk that Bin Laden dead will be as much of an iconic figure as he was alive to those who saw him as a great figure in history".
Max Boot writes for the Los Angeles Times
: "In evaluating Osama bin Laden's dubious legacy, it is important to note that there was nothing new about religiously inspired terrorism when this rich Saudi exile convened a small group of jihadists in his Peshawar, Pakistan, home in 1988 to found Al Qaeda, or "the Base" - an organization designed to carry on the war waged so successfully against the Red Army in Afghanistan."
A classified, previously unknown type of stealth helicopter was reportedly used in the US mission in Pakistan to kill Bin Laden,
Aviation Week magazine reports
John Smith in Dallas, US writes: "Well done to the US Special Forces. I think we should stop giving aid to Pakistan because it is obvious that Pakistan cannot be trusted. I do not believe for one second that no-one knew the terrorist was in that house."
The Pakistani government has released a statement saying it denies any media reports suggesting its "leadership, civil as well as military, had any prior knowledge" of the US mission against Bin Laden.
Former CIA Covert Operations Officer Mike Baker tells CNN that the US operatives who stormed Bin Laden's compound had a "great amount of resources" and other operatives helping out with the mission. He says scores of others were supplying information to those on the ground during the roughly 40-minute operation, adding that it took innumerable individuals to successfully complete the task.
Thomas E Fielder, the dean of Boston University's College of Communication, has said on
that "little or nothing" can be gained by releasing the photos of Bin Laden, adding that unnecessary damage could be done if they are made public.
A US citizen who was arrested in Pakistan last year on a private mission to kill Bin Laden is overjoyed about the death of the terrorist leader because his death means he won't have to return to Pakistan, the Greeley Tribune in the state of Colorado
CNN correspondent Nic Robertson
tweets: "#OBL neighbours say local children who kicked ball over compound wall, weren't allowed in to look for it, someone gave them money instead"
The US has condemned the radical Palestinian Hamas movement for denouncing the killing of Bin Laden, AFP reports.
Derek in Fair Oaks, California, US writes: "This is absolutely ridiculous that the photos of OBL's death might be too gruesome for us. Who are they to judge? That is censorship. The high of his death is now fading to anger of not showing us proof with photos. Just take the government's word....not."
The BBC's Frank Gardner
tweets: "So many countries braced for jihadist attacks after #OBL death. Historically though, core AQ has tended to strike when less expected."
Bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed, Mr Carney says. He adds that another woman, besides Bin Laden's wife, was in the home when US operatives stormed into the Pakistani mansion.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says Bin Laden's wife was shot in the leg but not killed, reversing an earlier report she died while being used as a human shield. She "rushed the US assaulter and was shot in the leg, but not killed".
Detainees captured by the US in previous counter-terrorism efforts provided insight into networks of people who were close to Bin Laden, the White House says.
But Mr Carney says he is committed to continued relations between the US and Pakistan because "it's important to our fight against al-Qaeda and Pakistan's".
White House spokesman Jay Carney says future relations between the US and Pakistan depend upon "the interests that we share and the co-operation we forged". He adds: "It's a complicated relationship, and we do have our differences."
Mr Carney says the photograph that was taken of Bin Laden following his death is "gruesome". He adds the White House is still reviewing whether they will release the image to the public.
White House spokesman Jay Carney adds the operation to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden was the "most highly classified operation this government has undertaken in many, many years".
"He successfully hid out of sight, our sight, for a very long time. He is not the only high value target who did that in urban areas," White House spokesman Jay Carney says.
The White House: "We are continuing the fight against al-Qaeda everyday. And the focus of all personnel in Afghanistan is on al-Qaeda."
Osama Bin Laden was "not armed" when US forces shot him, the White House says.
Could US operatives have found Bin Laden earlier? Maybe, if they had listened to geographer
, who authored a 2009 paper predicting Bin Laden's whereabouts.
A US woman from the state of Pennsylvania took her child out of school for the day after administrators decided his face paint marking Bin Laden's death was too disruptive for class, the Associated Press reports.
Speaking about the lack of communication between the US and Pakistan during the mission, Wendy Chamberlin, the former US ambassador to Pakistan, tells CNN there comes a point where the US may need to "renegotiate a relationship with the country".
More good poll news for President Obama -- his approval rating jumped into positive territory,
according to surveys done on Monday after the killing of Osama Bin Laden
. Some 56% of Americans said they approved of how Mr Obama was handling his job, up nine points since last month, the Pew Research Center/Washington Post poll found. Some 38% said they still disapproved of Obama's job performance. Six percent said they didn't know.
Meanwhile, according to one of the first polls carried out in the US, by Ipsos for Reuters, 42% of Americans say their views of President Obama have improved since the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Hague: "We recognise the efforts Pakistan has made fighting international terrorism.
UK Foreign Minister William Hague is speaking in London alongside his Japanese counterpart and is expected to make comments on Bin Laden's death.
More discussion about whether the US was abiding by Islamic law in "burying" Osama Bin Laden at sea. In the past a death at sea necessitated a watery grave, Saudi Sheikh Abdul Mohsen al-Obaikan, an adviser to the Saudi royal court, told Reuters: "Today the case is different. We have airplanes, freezers, and it is not necessary to get rid of the body in the sea in such a way."
Chris Smith from London writes: "In answer to Ragi Shukri from Cairo, surely Bin Laden doesn't [have] human rights after depriving so many of their own? In most cases I would agree with you that a fair trial may be the best option and fairest, but in his case I cannot agree with you. 10 years of terror from him now over. Thank you Seal team 6, you have done the world a massive favour, God bless you all."
The BBC's political correspondent
Laura Kuenssberg tweets from London:
"Clear hope from sources here that death of Bin Laden might speed things up for UK in Afghanistan" - referring to a possible withdrawal from the conflict there.
Others in the US administration are reiterating that dangers remain: "We cannot become complacent, the fight is far from over," Attorney General Eric Holder told a House of Representatives committee, Reuters reports.
The discussion over the role of Pakistan has spread to Congress: AP reports that Diane Feinstein, the Democratic head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now openly questioning whether the US should continue its lavish military aid to Islamabad.
In his interview with Time, Mr Panetta - named as President Obama's pick for defence secretary just last week - was unequivocal: "It was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardise the mission. They might alert the targets," he is quoted as saying.
In an interview with Time magazine
, CIA Director Leon Panetta says that sharing information with Pakistan could have undermined the operation by leaking details to its targets.
Even as Pakistan insists it had a relationship with the CIA over Abbottabad, the CIA itself is saying that there were concerns about sharing information with Islamabad.
BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera says that while the statement goes into quite extensive detail there will remain those who believe that it was impossible for Pakistan's intelligence services not to have known about Bin Laden's location.
More from the Pakistan statement: "As far as the target compound is concerned, ISI had been sharing information with CIA and other friendly intelligence agencies since 2009. The intelligence flow indicating some foreigners in the surroundings of Abbottabad, continued till mid-April 2011. It is important to highlight that taking advantage of much superior technological assets, CIA exploited the intelligence leads given by us to identify and reach Osama bin Ladin [sic].
Pakistani statement: "Abbottabad and the surrounding areas have been under sharp focus of intelligence agencies since 2003 resulting in highly technical operation by ISI which led to the arrest of [a] high value al-Qaeda target in 2004.
The statement - issued by Pakistan's foreign ministry - is lengthy and attempts to outline Pakistan's version of the events of Sunday night. Some key points to come in the next few entries.
Information is now emerging of a Pakistani government statement denying categorically any prior knowledge of the US raid that killed Bin Laden.
Naseem Bibi, who lives in the house right next to Bin Laden's compound, told BBC Urdu that her husband was taken away by the Pakistan army soon after the American raid and she has not heard from him since. "We were so scared when the helicopters started hovering above us that all my children hid under the beds. But soon after the helicopters left, soldiers from the Pakistan Army came and took away my husband."
The BBC's Mishal Husain
tweets from Abbottabad
: "Never expected a story in Abbottabad: often passed through en route to mountains & it's home to my father's old school Burn Hall"
In France there is also concern about how extensive Bin Laden's support network was in Pakistan. "I find it hard to believe that the presence of a person or individual such as Bin Laden in a large compound in a relatively small town... could go completely unnoticed," Foreign Minister Alain Juppe is reported as saying.
There is scepticism elsewhere in the world, too. Ragi Shukri from Cairo has written to the BBC: "If what was announced proves true, there would be several question marks: Why has his corpse not been photographed? Why has he not been captured and brought to court? Isn't he a human being that is entitled to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Have official Pakistani bodies known of his whereabouts and helped him? Has Pakistan condemned the operation as a violation of its sovereignty?"
"As the Americans did not provide any acceptable evidence to back up their claim, and as the other aides close to Osama Bin Laden have not confirmed or denied the death... therefore the Islamic Emirate consider any assertion premature," a Taliban spokesman told Reuters.
The Taliban in Afghanistan say they have not seen sufficient evidence yet to convince them that former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead, their first comment since Bin Laden was killed, Reuters news agency reports.
He confirmed that the threat level to the UK from terrorism would remain at "severe" and repeated calls for the UK to be vigilant against possible attacks. But he did not make mention of the terrorism-related arrests today near the Sellafield nuclear plant.
The prime minister said the UK would continue to work with Pakistan against terrorism: "With Pakistan we share the same struggle against terrorism and that's why we will continue to work with Pakistan... and continue to honour our aid promises... particularly education."
Mr Cameron said: "The fact that Bin Laden was living in a large house in a populated area suggests he had an extensive support network in Pakistan. We don't currently know the extent of that network so it is right that we ask searching questions about it, and we will."
The prime minister continued: "Our strategy on Afghanistan is straightforward and has not changed. Our message to the Taliban is that now is the time to separate from al-Qaeda."
Mr Cameron said the killing of Bin Laden "is a strike at the heart of international terrorism. I hope at least for victims families there is now some sense of justice." More to follow.
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The United States may release photos of Osama Bin Laden's burial at sea later today, but no final decision has been made, an unnamed US official told Reuters news agency. The US said the al-Qaeda leader's body was flown out of Pakistan, brought to an aircraft carrier and buried somewhere in the north Arabian Sea on Monday.
Four houses in east London have been raided by counter-terror detectives today as part of investigations into the five arrests made earlier at the Sellafield nuclear site, PA reports.
Afghan refugees in Pakistan's northern city of Peshawar told
they do not expect the situation in Afghanistan to improve as a result of Bin Laden's death. "He may be dead but his thinking and his organisation live on," said Ayesha, an Afghan student. "We fear his sympathisers will hit back and Afghanistan will suffer more from this backlash than Pakistan."
A spokesman for Let founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said he had told followers in Lahore that the "great person" of Osama Bin Laden would continue to be a source of strength and encouragement for Muslims around the world. "Martyrdoms are not losses, but are a matter of pride for Muslims," Mr Saeed said. "Osama Bin Laden has rendered great sacrifices for Islam and Muslims, and these will always be remembered."
A spokesman for a Pakistani Islamist group has told Muslims to be heartened by the death of Osama Bin Laden, as his "martyrdom" would not be in vain, Reuters news agency reports. Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let), the militant group blamed for the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, has been holding special prayers for Bin Laden in several cities and towns since he was killed.
Mr Robertson said that by killing Bin Laden, the US had missed an opportunity to "diminish" his standing: "To see this man not as the tall, soulful figure on the mountain, but as an old, hateful man, screaming from the stand or lying in the witness box would have been a much better way of demystifying him and debunking his cause," he told Newshour.
Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson GQ said that to call the killing of Osama Bin Laden justice is "a total misuse of language". He told the BBC World Service's Newshour programme: "Justice means: fair trial in front of an independent and impartial court. This is the justice, if you like, of the Red Queen: sentence first, trial later. It's not justice. Whether it was justified depends on the circumstances which are as yet unclear."
The BBC's Mishal Husain, in Abbottabad, has been talking to residents who lived near the Bin Laden compound: "People told us that if children hit cricket balls into that compound, they never got them back. They just got given some money instead."
Pakistan's former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Bin Laden's death must have demoralised his supporters around the world but has left Pakistan with a very delicate balancing act. "We have to ensure that Pakistan's interests are secured while not isolating Pakistan from the rest of the world," he told BBC Urdu from Brussels. "For this, Pakistan needs very mature and sensible leadership."
Ian Boyd in Belfast, Northern Ireland writes: "I agree with the sentiment that it is not nice to celebrate the killing of another human being, although I do agree that Bin Laden had to be taken out. I believe it is a "just" assassination, but will not be celebrating."
Ms Rice said the current administration had the benefit of an anti-terrorism infrastructure that simply did not exist during her time in the White House. She added that Mr Obama's national security team also was able to make use of a trove of intelligence from interrogating accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad and other key terror operatives. "This kind of integration wasn't something that we had in 2001, and we got a lot better over time," she told MSNBC.
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has praised President Barack Obama for the military raid that killed Bin Laden: "This clearly shows that the president and his team did a superb job of pulling all of this together," she told MSNBC television. "I'm very grateful to them for closing this chapter."
Mr Qadir said: "Why should Osama come to a place like Abbottabad? I don't think there's any possibility that the ISI would not know that he was there. Abbotabad is a very small place. It's non-Pashtun. His natural territory is Pashtun and Taliban area. This is not a place where he'd be comfortable, no land link with Afghanistan, no place from where he could escape, no guards."
But a former brigadier with the Pakistan military, Shaukat Qadir, told BBC World he believed Bin Laden may have been in the compound for only a few months, or even days. "It couldn't have been an intelligence failure," he said.
Ms Farrell said senior al-Qaeda figures, such as Ayman al-Zawahiri - who some think will take over the leadership of the terror network - are now vulnerable: "There's a very real possibility that in the coming days and weeks quite a number of senior figures may well be taken out by drone strikes and/or captured," she told the BBC.
President Obama's counter-terrorism adviser, Leah Farrell, told the BBC she believes Osama Bin Laden had been living in the compound in Abbottabad for the past five or six years. She told the World at One: "I think Bin Laden will very much remain a potent force within al-Qaeda. The real blow is going to come from what was taken from the compound and the intelligence which can be gleaned from that."
Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of the former al-Qaeda leader, hopes that with his death, an "evil has ended". "He has been an evil to himself, to his immediate family and to the Arab countries as a whole," said Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi deputy interior minister.
The journalist says he expects that there will be recriminations and questions asked. "Ultimately the Americans still need the Pakistani support in the 'war on terror'. So it's not conceivable that America could cut off all military and financial support that it gives Pakistan."
He added: "The fact that Americans would send in helicopters and not tell the Pakistanis, even though there was a risk that the Pakistanis would scramble their fighter jets and provoke possibly some kind of confrontation is amazing. It tells you that this was a highly, highly, highly sensitive operation, and the Americans didn't want to jeopardise it in any way at all."
Mr Sevastopulo told the BBC World Service that "it's going to be extremely difficult for the Pakistanis to argue that they didn't know he [Osama Bin Laden] was there [in Abbottabad] or that there was some high profile potential al-Qaeda target there". "And the question is if they did know that he was there, why didn't they do anything about it earlier. So I think clearly there are some things that haven't been made public yet, that we don't know, but there's going to be huge questions asked about who knew what when," he said.
Demetri Sevastopulo, the Financial Times' Asia editor and the paper's former US defence and intelligence correspondent, says Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and other officials want to show they are "playing some kind of a role, but at the end of the day they are hugely embarrassed" about their failures over Bin Laden.
Meanwhile, a source has told ABC News that President Obama and White House officials are discussing the possibility of releasing a photograph of Osama Bin Laden's corpse today. The image is said to be bloody and gruesome, showing a bullet wound to Bin Laden's head above his left eye. There are concerns its release could be inflammatory, though officials also say it is important to put to rest any scepticism about the death, the station reports.
David Cameron, the British prime minister, says Britain will continue to co-operate with Pakistan, despite the questions over what the authorities might have known about Bin Laden's hiding place. Cabinet Minister Sayeeda Warsi said it was possible someone from the Pakistan authorities knew he was there: "If a man has been living in an area like Abbottabad for a period of time and he has been under surveillance, there is no doubt that somebody, somewhere whether that is in the formal sphere or the informal sphere may have known that he was there".
Ms Bhalla tells the BBC World Service that "that is leverage that pakistan recognises and uses every day. The death of Bin Laden does not change that dynamic." She thinks the operation in Abbottabad may, however, have an impact on Pakistan's aim "to hold on to a strong, external power patron like the US in trying to fend against a much larger and more powerful neighbour to the east, in India. Now, if the death of Bin Laden is perceived politically in the US as mission accomplished in the war in Afghanistan and if that hastens a US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which I think it will, the Pakistanis are going to be worried about how to maintain that long-term support - especially as the US-Pakistani relationship has been so severely strained over the years."
More comments on the future of the US-Pakistani relationship. Reva Bhalla, director of analysis at the global intelligence company Stratfor, says that "the Pakistanis understand very well that the United States relies heavily on Islamabad for very vital intelligence links into al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and that there is a strong need for the US to rely on Pakistan to forge a political understanding with the Taliban in Afghanistan in order to shape an exit from the war."
Mr Magan says the US will undertake a "full review" of its relationship with Pakistan. "They're certainly under the microscope at the moment." He adds that "the questions Pakistan needs to answer are: Are they serious? Is this a moment that they're willing to combat within their own country and how are they going to demonstrate that more publicly and visiually, so that we know that they are serious in the fight against terrorism?"
Mike Magan, a member of the US National Security Council, says that the US will be "on a very heightened state of alert" in the coming weeks. "I think we can expect revenge attacks," Mr Magan, who was a senior advisor to former President George Bush, told the BBC World Service's World Update programme. "The timing is always the question, and we have to rely on homeland security, we have to rely on our intelligence services and coordination with the west to make sure that we can thwart any efforts that they [al-Qaeda] may have planned."
There's an increased police presence at Ground Zero, Laura Trevelyan adds. She says port authority officers with German shepherds are patrolling the site. The NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly has said the working assumption has to be that Bin Laden's disciples would like nothing better than to avenge his death with another attack.
The BBC's Laura Trevelyan at Ground Zero, in New York, says commuters passing the World Trade Center site are placing fresh flowers on the construction site fence, in memory of the 2,752 people who died there.
The BBC has spoken to a 12-year-old boy from Abbottabad who says he used to visit the building where Bin Laden had died and had met the al-Qaeda leader's family. "I used to go to their house. He had two wives, one spoke Arabic, and the other one spoke Urdu. They had three children, a girl and two boys. They gave me two rabbits. They had installed a camera at the outer gate so they could see people before they entered the house," Zarar Ahmed said.
The BBC's Aleem Maqbool is in Abbottabad after having visited the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed. He says the visit to the compound reveals just how big it is and how high the perimeter walls are - about 20ft in some places.
More details on these arrests in the UK from Reuters, who report that the men were arrested after officers stopped their car. The men are all aged in their 20s and from London. A spokesman for the police's North West Counter Terrorism Unit told the news agency: "There were suspicions from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary that led to some arrests. There were some suspicions about them near to the perimeter fence".
Police say they are not aware of any link between the arrests near Sellafield plant and Bin Laden's death. They come after Prime Minister David Cameron urged Britain to be vigilant in the wake of the operation in Pakistan.
British police have said five men have been arrested under counter-terrorism laws near a nuclear waste-processing plant in northwest England.
Linda Schmidt on FOXNY.COM,
blogs: "Former Deputy Fire Chief Jim Riches lost his firefighter son on September, 11, 2001. He and other 9/11 families spoke out Monday about the day they have all been waiting for -- the death of Osama bin Laden."
British officials have confirmed that Prime Minister David Cameron will make a statement about Bin Laden and counter-terrorism in the House of Commons at 1530 BST.
Aijaz Mahir says that, according to local residents, one chinook helicopter came - and the people who got off it spoke in Pashto who told them to get out of the way and to turn the lights off in their houses.
He says that the central part of the house is blocked off and media persons are not being allowed there. There are a crowd of journalists at the site as well as local residents who were initially not allowed to leave their own homes, he adds.
The BBC Urdu's Aijaz Mahar - who is reporting from the roof of a house next to Bin Laden's compound - says he can see that the inner wall of the boundary around the compound is actually blackened and the roof has also fallen in.
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BBC Urdu's Haroon Rashid, in Islamabad, says: "A US statement just released says the US embassy in Islamabad and the US consulate general in Karachi are open for business as of today (Tuesday). However, the US consulates general in Lahore and Peshawar remain closed to the general public for routine business, except for emergency American citizen services."
Mr Juppe told AFP: "I find it a little difficult to imagine that the presence of someone like Bin Laden in a big compound in a relatively small town could go completely unnoticed... Pakistan's position lacks clarity in our view, I hope that we will have more clarity."
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said the fact that Bin Laden had evaded detection in Abbottabad for so long shows that Pakistan's position on the al-Qaeda leader has "lacked clarity", AFP news agency reports.
The women and children who were left alive in the compound had their hands tied with plastic tags, our correspondent reports: "They believe the Americans would have taken them away had one of their helicopters not crashed."
Our correspondent continued: "The wife was injured in the attack. She was unconscious. When she came around, she said she was Yemeni and that they had moved into the compound some months ago. The daughter confirmed she had seen her father killed."
The BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones, in Islamabad, has been briefed by an official from Pakistan's intelligence agency: "The ISI say they were 17 or 18 people in the compound at the time of the attack," said our correspondent. "Two people were taken away - Bin Laden and another, perhaps his son. Four people were left killed in the compound. And a number of women were left in the compound - a wife, a daughter and eight or nine children who they think were Bin Laden's brothers'."
The decision to bury Bin Laden at sea has been condemned by Indonesia's highest Islamic body, the Indonesia Ulema Council. "A Muslim, whatever his profession, even a criminal, their rites must be respected. There must be a prayer and the body should be wrapped in white cloth before being buried in the earth, not at sea."
In New York, the sister of a firefighter who died following the 9/11 attacks said the US was too hasty in burying Bin Laden at sea. "I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say I was a little dismayed - a lot dismayed," Rosaleen Tallon
told the Los Angeles Times
. "I would've liked the American people to say without a shadow of a doubt: 'Yes, that's him.'"
Mr Grossman continued: "You can have as many conspiracies as you wish. He's dead. It's good. We still have to fight extremism and as [Pakistan] Foreign Secretary Bashir said, do not please lose sight of the fact that we have had here a trilateral meeting about peace in Afghanistan."
Marc Grossman, the US Special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, has dismissed rumours that Bin Laden is not dead: "I can't answer every conspiracy theory that arrives in every place. I can tell you that Osama bin Laden is dead. He was killed by Special Forces here. That's what President Obama said."
Pakistan's Foreign Secretary said there was "no point" getting into the details of whether Pakistan was involved in the US mission to kill Bin Laden. "I think it is beside the point," he told the press conference. "I think what we are trying to do here is to look to the future. This issue of Osama Bin Laden is history and I think we do not want to... keep ourselves mired in the past."
Mr Bashir told reporters: "Pakistan looks forward to engaging deeply with our friends and brothers in Afghanistan and our friends in the United States with a view to promoting and achieving the shared objectives of stability and peace within our respective countries and the region as a whole."
At the same press conference, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir declined to comment directly on the US operation which killed Osama Bin Laden. Instead, he emphasised that today's trilateral talks marked the beginning of a new chapter in the fight against terrorism.
He added that the death of Bin Laden "is the end of someone who was violently subverting democratic government in the region, notorious for murderous acts against civilians and made him an enemy not just of the United States but of Pakistan and Afghanistan as well."
Mr Grossman was speaking in Islamabad after trilateral talks with Pakistani and Afghan officials: "The three countries that are here share the commitment to an end to violent extremism," he told a press conference.
The US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Marc Grossman, said that the death of Osama Bin Laden was a "shared achievement of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States".
In Gaza, a small group of Palestinians have gathered to pay tribute to Osama Bin Laden. About 25 people holding pictures and posters of the slain al-Qaeda leader rallied outside a Gaza City university. It comes after the leader of Hamas condemned the US killing of Bin Laden, calling him a "Muslim and Arab warrior".
BBC Urdu's Aijaz Mahar says the Pakistan army has opened the compound where Bin Laden was killed to the media. Vehicles are still not being allowed to approach and are being stopped about a mile before the compound, says our reporter. A large number of reporters are rushing to the compound on foot.
Downing Street have confirmed that Prime Minister David Cameron will make a statement to the House of Commons today on the death of Osama Bin Laden and counter-terrorism. The statement is expected at 1530 BST.
In Kenya, a survivor of the 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi broke down in tears yesterday as he prayed in front of a wall commemorating those killed in the al-Qaeda attack. Douglas Sidialo, who lost his eyesight in the blast, went to the site after the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death. He told AP Television that Monday was a day "of great honour to the survivors and victims of terrorism in the world".
The 12-year-old daughter of Bin Laden is now in Pakistani custody, says the BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones: "There were quite a few women and children in the compound who had their arms tied [during the raid] and they believe they would have been taken away by the US military had the second helicopter not gone down. The daughter who survived said she saw her father shot by the Americans."
Our correspondent said it was "difficult to believe" Pakistan had no forewarning of the US assault: "We're getting reports from local residents that they were being asked to switch off their lights - by soldiers - an hour before the raid took place. So that would obviously indicate that [Pakistan] did have full knowledge. But despite all that, the ISI are saying they were taken completely by surprise."
The BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones, in Islamabad, says Pakistani intelligence had knowledge of the compound where Bin Laden was killed as far back as 2003: "An ISI official told me they raided this house in 2003 looking for another al-Qaeda operative, Abu Faraj al-Libbi, who was accused of trying to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf. So they are saying they did have full knowledge of the house but since then it went off their radar screen and they simply didn't know Bin Laden was there."
Gordon Darroch, in Glasgow
tweets: "Interesting that almost nobody is questioning why no attempt was made to capture Bin Laden alive. #obl."
Jono Greaves, in York, UK
tweets: "No amount of cheering for the death of #osama will bring back the people who lost their lives on 9/11 and 7/7."
UK Prime Minister David Cameron says there are "questions we have to ask" over Pakistan's involvement with al-Qaeda following the killing of Osama Bin Laden within a mile of a military training academy. But speaking to the Radio 4 Today programme, he said the "democratic forces" within Pakistan were "staunch" in their fight against terrorism, and that it was "in our interest" to support them: "If we turn away from it and give up on them... you're left with a nuclear power in danger of massive extremism," said the prime minister.
Imran Khan, the former Pakistani cricketer, now a leading opposition politician, said citizens are growing increasingly worried about revenge attacks: "Never have I seen such embarrassment in Pakistan amongst the people and also fear - fear that we are now in a nutcracker situation. For Pakistanis this has been a total disaster. There is a lot of fear. Everywhere I go people are worried about the fall-out."
If you followed our updates yesterday, you'll remember
, an IT consultant in Abbottabad who, unwittingly, published live reports of the US assault on Bin Laden on his
. Mr Athar now has more than 90,000 followers and today he has been posting
pictures of the scene in his home town
. "It is back to life as usual in this part of Abbottabad today. I hope there are no repercussions," he tweets.
Philippines security officials have said they expect Bin Laden's death to weaken local Islamic extremists and lead to their eventual elimination, AP news agency reports. The military and police have strengthened security in the country's southern Mindanao region, where the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf has waged attacks for years, but authorities told AP they have not monitored any specific threats arising from the death of the world's most wanted terror suspect.
That Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad is perhaps "a testimony to his myriad weaknesses in his latter days",
the analysis in Foreign Policy concludes
: "His final home was not in an area with any particular pedigree as a launching point for global jihad. Abbottabad doesn't share a border with Afghanistan, where Taliban forces are struggling to re-establish a theocracy; and it is utterly alien to whatever grievances the Muslim world harbors about Palestine. In the end, then, Osama bin Laden died not as an historic emir, but as a hidden fugitive, surrounded by Western influence and allies of the US military - a man utterly reliant on luck, until it finally ran out."
The article in Foreign Policy
points out that the characteristics that Pakistanis associate with Abbottabad "underscore its unlikeliness" as a place for an international fugitive to make his home: "First, it is something of a tourist spot, attracting Pakistanis from around the country to enjoy its verdant and hilly surrounds, temperate climate, and nearby national parks... Abbottabad is also a garrison city for the Pakistani military, home to its most noted military academy. And it's also a favored location for retired generals and army officers, many of whom have houses there."
Foreign Policy magazine
notes the irony that Bin Laden, who made his name as an enemy of Western imperialism, died in a town that is a "model colonial outpost" of the British Empire: "Even in its name, Abbottabad sheds any pretense of local origins: it bears the name of the town's founder, James Abbott, a British army officer who was assigned in 1849 the task of pacifying and governing the Hazare region of the Punjab province that had been annexed by the British Empire after the First Anglo-Sikh War."
UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt was asked on BBC Breakfast if he agreed with suggestions from US officials that Pakistan must have known something about Bin Laden's whereabouts. "We do not know about that," said Mr Burt. "What we do know is that Pakistan is a vital partner in counter-terrorism issues for the UK and for the rest of the world community. They have lost a lot of their own security forces to terrorism, they are fighting it very hard in their own country, and of course they are playing a key role in Afghanistan."
A former resident of Abbottabad, Ali Bokhari, who now lives in the north of England, has been telling the World Today more about the location of Bin Laden's compound: "It's technically beautifully placed this mansion. It's two-and-a-half kilometres from N35, which is Karakoram highway, which takes you straight out of Pakistan into China. If Bin Laden drives on that towards north for an hour, you lose his trace, you can't find him, he's back in the hills."
The controversy over the US decision to bury Bin Laden at sea shows no sign of fading. While US officials said that his body was disposed of in accordance with Islamic tradition - meaning it must be buried within 24 hours,
the Guardian notes
that the 24-hour rule has not always been applied in the past: "For example, the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein - sons of the Iraqi dictator Saddam - were embalmed and held for 11 days after they were killed by US forces. Their bodies were later shown to media, provoking some angry responses. It remains unclear if the US will release photos of Bin Laden's remains, but dispelling any doubts that he is dead is likely to be a major impetus - particularly in an age when conspiracy theories can be powerfully manipulated on the web."
UK newspaper, Daily Mail
tweets: "Power of Team 6, the elite within the elite: Who are the silent warriors that took out Osama
China will continue to support Pakistan's efforts to combat terrorism, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said. Beijing said Pakistan has been at the "forefront" of terror threats and it would assist Pakistan developing its fight against terror "based on the facts and its own conditions", Reuters news agency reports.
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Mr Cameron continued: "What we do know is that Pakistan's political leadership, and I spoke to the president and the prime minister yesterday, are staunch in their work in combatting terrorism. And we do know that Pakistan itself has suffered more from extremist terrorism than almost any other country in the world, losing literally thousands of their people and thousands of their troops as they drive extremists out of places like south Waziristan."
UK Prime Minister David Cameron says it is too early to judge how much the Pakistani aurthorities knew about Bin Laden's whereabouts: "It's clear that he must have had a support system to sustain him in that part of Pakistan, but we don't yet know enough about what that support system was," he
told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast
The BBC's Quentin Somerville, in Kabul, says the worry in Afghanistan is that, with Bin Laden is gone, the US commitment to Afghanistan "will start to drift". He said: "There are worries that the tension here might now be viewed as a local civil war. The question being asked in the US is can America now bring the troops home? The reminder from Afghan officials is there are two wars being fought here - the war against al-Qaeda and the war against the Taliban. And when it comes to the war against the Taliban, there is still a lot of fighting to be done."
Maajid Nawaz, the founder of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank - says the death of Bin Laden doesn't mean the end of al-Qaeda. He told BBC News: "Bin Laden succeeded in franchising his cause, he succeeded in popularising his narrative, and inspiring thousands of young men to follow that. And I don't think that his death will stop that - he's bigger than himself now as a person. There is a phenomenon out there, the al-Qaeda ideology, that many, many young men - particularly in Yemen and Somalia and Pakistan - are beginning to subscribe to. And I think in many cases, for the hardcore followers, this will spur them on further."
Mark Lowenthal, the former US deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence, thinks there are definitely people in Pakistan who knew Bin Laden was in Abbottabad. He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Clearly, to be where he was, not in the tribal areas, to be that close to Islamabad, to be that close to the Pakistani equivalent of Sandhurst, somebody in Pakistan, I believe, had to know where he was. Now, who that somebody was and how high up in the hierarchy - that we don't know. And I think this is going to create some friction, some further friction between us and the Pakistanis."
Bin Laden's demise has been welcomed by many of those still mourning the loss of loved ones killed in attacks carried out by al-Qaeda. Patricia Bingley's only child, Kevin Dennis, died when planes were flown into the World Trade Center, in New York, on the 11 September 2001. She told BBC News: "I've been waiting 10 years now for them to catch Bin Laden and I wanted justice for my son. I am very, very relieved that he is gone. I didn't want him caught alive. I would sooner that they just killed him and I don't want to hear any more about Bin Laden."
The BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera says
President Zardari's article in the Washington Post
reveals just how sensitive the relationship between the US and Pakistan is. "The idea that noone [in Pakistan] knew someone suspicious was living in that house is quite surprising. The house appears to have been purpose built for Bin Laden. Pakistan is clearly saying: 'We did not know he was there'. But that won't allay all the suspicions in the US. These are two countries that need each other but which are suspicious of each other. Pakistan feels it was abandoned in the 1990s after working with the US in the 1980s and it is nervous about being dropped again, particularly in favour of India as a bigger stategic partner."
The BBC's Mark Dummett, in Delhi, says India's media are confident that Pakistani authorities knew Bin Laden was being harboured in their country: "The big question is the extent to which some elements in the Pakistani establishment and military knew about Bin Laden's presence. But here in India there's no doubt at all. The front page of the Times of India says: 'US kills Osama - blows Pak cover'. The paper also names of other miltants which India believes are being sheltered in Pakistan, including those who are blamed for the Mumbai attacks of 2008."
The helicopter raid in which Bin Laden died was the culmination of years of painstaking intelligence work, including the interrogation of CIA detainees in secret prisons in Eastern Europe,
the New York Times reports
. "Intelligence agencies eavesdropped on telephone calls and e-mails of the courier's Arab family in a Persian Gulf state and pored over satellite images of the compound in Abbottabad to determine a 'pattern of life' that might decide whether the operation would be worth the risk,"
says their article
The BBC's Aleem Maqbool, in Abbottabad, says people are "still stunned" that Bin Laden was living amongst them: "The Pakistani [government] is going to be facing tough scrutiny in the coming days," says our correspondent. "They have talked about security cooperation with the US over the years but both the prime minister and the president have had to concede this was solely an American operation. It's interesting they are stressing so much that the Pakistanis weren't involved in this, because they are worried about militant backlash. And it is not just the authorities who are worried about repercussions - the public are really fearful."
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On the subject of human shields, one senior US defence official
quoted in this backgrounder
says: "There were several women and children on the compound. One woman, who was used as a human shield by one of the four military-age males on the compound, was killed; he was firing behind her. Two women, including one with Osama Bin Laden, were wounded. And the rest were not injured at all."
Looking for the low-down on the operation to get Bin Laden? From the horse's mouth,
here's a backgrounder
with senior US defence and intelligence officials.
Despite Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's claims that the US mission to kill Bin Laden was the result of "a decade of cooperation and partnership between the United States and Pakistan," US lawmakers say they are reviewing the billions in military aid that Washington provides to Islamabad. "To make contributions to a country that isn't going to be fully supportive is a problem for many," Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee,
Security officials across the region are already bracing themselves for reprisal attacks, adds our correspondent in Islamabad. The first acknowledgment of this threat has come from the US, which has now closed its embassies and consulates in Pakistan to the general public until further notice.
Taliban and al-Qaeda militants have expressed great anger at Osama Bin Laden's death, telling the BBC's Shoaib Hasan in Islamabad they will take revenge against Pakistan and US forces in Afghanistan. Analysts say the killing will weaken the cause of Islamic militancy across the world - something which the militants deny vociferously, our correspondent adds.
The killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan is raising numerous difficult questions about US support for Pakistan's government, especially if the US's most wanted man had been living in the Abbottabad compound for six years,
as this Time blog suggests.
The BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Abbottabad reports that things are currently serene around the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed. Pakistani officials will be facing tough scrutiny in coming days about how the al-Qaeda leader lived under their noses undetected for so long, he adds.
The BBC's Quentin Somerville in Kabul says that although there are fewer than 100 al-Qaeda militants thought to still remain in Afghanistan, for the country's leadership the threat the group posed remains: While Bin Laden might be gone, his legacy will survive.
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This just in from AFP: The US has closed its embassy and three consulates in Pakistan "until further notice", citing "current events".
Among the many mixed feelings Bin Laden's death has provoked in Afghanistan, one butcher is asking who is going to pay for the sheep al-Qaeda bought off him,
The National reports.
Where does Bin Laden's death leave al-Qaeda's leadership? Regional expert Ahmed Rashid argues
it's a big blow,
but AQ's decentralised nature means the group has the potential to carry out attacks on any number of targets.
Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City
tweets: "Osama Bin Laden is dead, the WTC site is teeming with new life, and New York City's spirit has never been stronger. Nothing will ever return our loved ones, but we are rebuilding from the ashes and tears a monument to the American spirit."
Muhammad Adnan, from Reading, UK, writes: "Was there any attempt to capture him alive and interrogate, extract information about other members like Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri? The compound didn't seem heavily guarded? It would have been great if he was captured alive and intelligence could have been extracted."
How is Iran responding to news of Osama Bin Laden's death? With a call for US troops to leave the region,
state media report.
"Excuse for alien countries to deploy troops in this region under the pretext of fighting terrorism has been eliminated," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast is quoted as saying by the state news agency.
Jim, from New York, writes: "I understand that images of Americans celebrating OBL's death look revolting to most sensible people around the world. Normally, I would find such celebration disgusting. But having seen the towers fall, having lived through the chaos in the city that immediately followed, I can't fault the thousands of Americans who celebrated openly and the millions more who did so on the inside. The man's actions altered our lives forever. His death, especially for those of us who witnessed his workings firsthand, reminds us of simpler days. Let us have this moment, and tomorrow we'll return to our senses."
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." That quotation has been doing the rounds on social media webistes over the past 24 hours, attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. Only
he never said it. What's all that about, asks The Atlantic's Megan McArdle?
What do Pakistan's neighbours make of Bin Laden's death? India is cackling over the news,
writes Henry Foy in Foreign Policy magazine.
The killing underlined Indian concerns that terrorists belonging to different organizations find sanctuary in Pakistan, said India's home and foreign ministries. In their rush to make use of the historic news as ammunition, they completely neglected to congratulate the Obama administration on a job well done, writes Mr Foy.
Pakistani officials are adamant they weren't hiding Bin Laden, and acknowledge being embarrassed by the US raid. The future of their relationship with the US now hinges on whether they have been sufficiently embarrassed to more aggressively pursue militants who use Pakistani territory as a haven for attacks at home, on US and allied forces in neighbouring Afghanistan and on civilian targets in the West,
argues Tom Wright in The Wall Street Journal.
AP is naming the man who led the US to Osama Bin Laden's hide-out as the al-Qaeda leader's most trusted courier, Kuwaiti-born Sheikh Abu Ahmed. Ahmed and his brother were killed in the same predawn raid Monday that left bin Laden dead, the agency reports.
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Thanks for following the latest developments with the BBC. If you're just joining us, we're bringing you global reaction to the US special forces raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. US President Obama has called it "a good day for America", saying the world is now a safer place. But his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has warned that the battle against terrorism is not yet over. The UN Security Council has welcomed news of Bin Laden's death, but there has been a mixed reaction in some Arab countries.
CNN is reporting that the White House has "no plan" to release a death photo of Osama Bin Laden at the moment, although it has not ruled out this possibility at a later stage.
While some commentators are saying Bin Laden's death makes Mr Obama's re-election in 2012 a certainty, even such an immensely important event may be half-forgotten in the frenzy of of a relentless media cycle and an election campaign, adds our North America editor.
Read more on Mark's blog.
Any US president would benefit if Bin Laden was killed on their watch, but perhaps it matters more for Mr Obama, says the BBC's Mark Mardell in Washington. The president takes decisions after careful deliberation and debate, which his critics call dithering, adds our North America editor, but this move makes him look tough and decisive.
While a number of Arab leaders have welcomed the news of Bin Laden's death, in Egypt - where there is still sympathy for al-Qaeda in parts of the country - the government response was muted. On Islamist websites dedicated to jihad, meanwhile, there has been a mixture of anger and sorrow, with many posters calling for revenge.
As news of Bin Laden's death broke, global internet traffic surged - to 4.1m internet page views a minute at its peak. Listen to Andy Carvin, NPR's senior strategist for social media, give more details about
how the news spread.
The assault force of Navy Seals snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound, yielding what a US official is calling "the mother lode of intelligence",
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair tells CNN of Mr Obama's decision to order the commando raid: "It's a very, very tough moment, and you hope and pray you got it right. Which in this case President Obama did."
Rudolph Giuliani, the Republican mayor of New York during the 9/11 attacks, praises President Obama and says Bin Laden's death was the better outcome than his capture alive. He says Bin Laden's detention would have created a tremendous risk of another terror attack: "Although this wasn't designed to happen, this way was probably for the best."
David Sirota, writing on the Salon.com blog, says:
"This is Bin Laden's lamentable victory: He has changed America's psyche from one that saw violence as a regrettable-if-sometimes-necessary act into one that finds orgasmic euphoria in news of bloodshed."
In the Washington Post, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari
that although the killing of Bin Laden was a US-only operation, it was founded on "a decade of co-operation and partnership between the US and Pakistan". And he rejects suggestions that Pakistan neglected to pursue Bin Laden or even sheltered him. "Pakistan had as much reason to despise al-Qaeda as any nation," he writes. "The war on terrorism is as much Pakistan's war as as it is America's. And though it may have started with bin Laden, the forces of modernity and moderation remain under serious threat.
Those newspaper front page images come courtesy of Nick Sutton, editor of the BBC's What the Papers Say programme. You can catch the latest episode
Mr Obama concludes his brief remains by saying: "It is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face."
Mr Obama says he and those in the room have had disagreements in the past and he suspects they will have more in the future. But he says that on Sunday night, the US experienced the same sense of national unity it did after the 9/11 attacks, and he says the US was reminded that pride in what the nation stands for and what it can accomplish runs deeper than party and politics.
President Obama approaches the podium at the White House, where he is hosting a previously scheduled dinner for Congressional leaders of both parties. He gets a standing ovation and a big round of applause.
Josh from Lynchburg, USA, writes: "This is a great way to bring the search to an end and bring justice after 10 long years. It is easy for those who did not see the towers go down or know people who died on 9/11 or in the wars since to call for his capture and trial, but we feel each of those deaths here, and this gives us a sense that they were not in vain. For someone who took so much innocent life, he forfeited his right to life."
Was Bin Laden betrayed? Of course he was,
"Pakistan knew Bin Laden's hiding place all along." Mr Fisk, who notes that he met the al-Qaeda leader three times, adds a note from conspiracy theorists who believe the US have inadvertently killed Bin Laden's double, thereby securing Mr Obama's defeat in next year's presidential election.
US President Barack Obama is expected to visit Ground Zero, the site of the felled World Trade Centre, in New York on Thursday. Mr Obama will meet relatives of those killed in the al-Qaeda plane attacks on the twin towers nearly 10 years ago, the White House says.
Social media was quick on the uptake. Keith Urbahn, chief of staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, is being credited with first reporting, via Twitter, that a source was claiming Osama Bin Laden had been killed. For more details
have a look at Politico's take on the story.
As Bin Laden's death was only made public around 0400 BST on Monday, the day's UK newspapers had already gone to print. Consequently, Fleet Street editors have had a full day to think up their front-page splashes on the event, and The Sun does not mince its words:
Tom from Phoenix, Arizona writes: "As a US citizen, I am disappointed that Bin Laden was killed instead of captured. No one doubts the potency of our military. But putting him in a prison jumpsuit behind bars would have made our society look so much stronger."
We're expecting President Obama to make some comments on the latest developments in the next half-hour. Meanwhile, reactions and analysis pieces are coming in thick and fast from around the globe.
Christopher Hitchens, writing on Slate.com, says:
"The uniformed and anonymous patrons of that sheltered Abbottabad compound are still very much with us, and Obama's speech will be entirely worthless if he expects us to go on arming and financing the very people who made this trackdown into such a needlessly long, arduous and costly one."
Dan from London, UK writes: "Whilst removing the figurehead of AQ should definitely be welcomed, the unfettered celebration of the death of Bin Laden is pretty revolting. Images of baying crowds in Washington celebrating the death of Bin Laden only conjure dismay. Sure, it's hard not to feel that this is a positive event in the fight against radicalisation and terrorism, but it's focus on the death on an individual is disturbing."
I hadn't heard of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group - or DevGru - before. They're the US Navy Seal team that killed Bin Laden. Find out more details about this elite unit and its power structure
in this piece from the National Journal.
Just a quick heads-up: Apparently there's a video circulating on Facebook purporting to be from the BBC and claiming to show the death of Bin Laden. This isn't a BBC vid and we're told it's a virus.
In a rare statement on any unilateral military operation by a member country, the Security Council also urged all nations to remain vigilant and intensify their efforts to bring all perpetrators and sponsors of terrorism to justice.
The UN Security Council has welcomed the killing, calling it a "critical development in the fight against terrorism". In a rare statement on any unilateral military operation by a member country, the Security Council also urged all nations to remain vigilant and intensify their efforts to bring all perpetrators and sponsors of terrorism to justice.
President Obama and his national security team watched the 40-minute operation unfold via satellite link. For more details on how events unfolded in the US, have a look at
this photo gallery
issued by the White House.
Bin Laden's whereabouts in Pakistan were deduced after US intelligence agencies found out the identity of one of his trusted couriers, said Mr Brennan. He added that Islamic funeral rites had been administered over the body, before it was buried in the Arabian Sea.
The White House counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, has been giving more details about the dramatic operation to capture Osama bin Laden. He said elite US troops had been prepared to take the al-Qaeda leader alive if the opportunity arose - but he resisted and was shot in the head. For more details on the raid,
have a look at this detailed account.
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