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      Reports: Osama bin Laden is dead

      (AP) Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

      Update Monday 1:00p Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the death of Osama bin Laden:

      "After years on the run, Osama bin Laden was finally brought to justice Sunday night. On behalf of all Texans, I'd like to extend our gratitude to the brave men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to tracking this individual down, particularly the members of our valiant special forces who flew into harm's way Sunday to finally put an end to bin Laden's murderous reign. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who will continue to wage our global fight on terror, placing their own lives on the line to keep us safe back here at home."

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      Update 10:47pWASHINGTON (AP) - Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday .

      A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

      A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.

      "Justice has been done," the president said.

      The development comes just months before the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon, orchestrated by bin Laden's al-Qaida organization, that killed more than 3,000 people.

      The attacks set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America's entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.

      Al-Qaida organization was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled.

      Update 10:45p"Today at my direction the United States launched the operation," said President Obama. That strike killed bin Laden, he said.

      "The death of bin Landen marks the most significant achievement to date" to stop al Queda, said President Obama.

      Update 10:35pTerrorist leader Osama bin Laden is dead, President Barack Obama said. Pres. Obama says he authorized attacks to kill Bin Laden.

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      Update 10:25pISLAMABAD (AP) - American official says Osama bin Laden was killed in a mansion close to the Pakistani capital.

      Update 10:20pISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Senior Pakistani intelligence official confirms that Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.

      Originally postedWASHINGTON (AP) Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, a person familiar with the situation said late Sunday.

      President Barack Obama was expected to address the nation on the developments Sunday night.

      It was unclear where how bin Laden was killed and how the U.S captured his body.

      Officials have long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

      The person spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak ahead of the president.

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