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May 2nd, 2011

BinLaden 300x166 Osama Bin Laden Killed by US forces in Pakistan

2 May 2011

Washington DC- In a Sunday night address from the White House, President Obama announced that Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama Bin Laden was killed by US ground forces in Pakistan

  • Bin Laden was shot dead at a compound near Islamabad where he had been hiding since at least last summer, in a ground operation based on US intelligence
  • Mr Obama said it was “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaeda”. Other world leaders welcomed the news of his death
  • Bin Laden was buried at sea after a Muslim funeral on board an aircraft carrier, according to Pentagon officials
  • Bin Laden is widely believed to have been behind the bombings of US embassies in East Africa, the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000 and the attacks on New York and Washington after declaring war on America in 1998
  • How much his death will affect Al Qaeda itself remains unclear to experts, but many warn against immediate threats from Al Qaeda which may avenge his death

Analysts available for comment:

HAGAI SEGAL is an award-winning academic, consultant and analyst, specializing in the Middle East and Asia, radical Islam/modern terrorism, and geo-strategic and economic risk.

Location: London, UK
Languages: English

CONTACT: hagai.segal@theglobalexperts.org

RICHARD BARRETT is an expert on Al Qaeda-related terrorism. Since March 2004 he has been the United Nations Coordinator of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Implementation Monitoring Team, also known as the Al Qaeda and Taliban Monitoring Team, appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General at the request of the Security Council.

Location: New York, USA
Languages: English

CONTACT: richard.barrett@theglobalexperts.org

TIM PIPPARD is the US based Jane’s Strategic Advisory Services Associate. Pippard provides defense and intelligence agencies worldwide with security, risk and terrorism threat assessments, and specializes in examining current trends in global terrorism.

Location: London, UK
Languages: English

CONTACT: tim.pippard@theglobalexperts.org

OLIVIER GUILLARD is Asia Research Director for the Paris-based thinktank IRIS (Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques). He previously worked for the French Ministry of Defence as a geopolitical expert, with a chief focus on South Asian affairs

Location: Paris, France
Languages: English, French

CONTACT : olivier.guillard@theglobalexperts.org

METSA RAHIMis a security intelligence analyst at Janusian Security Risk Management. Her role involves political and security intelligence gathering and analysis, both in support of Janusian security operations and directly for clients around the world. This includes a daily intelligence alerting service, responding to security events in the Middle East and North Africa as they happen. She also regularly contributes to Janusian’s intelligence products and publications.

Location: London, UK
Languages: English, French, Spanish

CONTACT: metsa.rahim@theglobalexperts.org

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