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May 02, 2011

Thompson Statement on Killing of Osama bin Laden

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement in response to news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight with U.S. special forces in Pakistan:

Nearly ten years after the horrific attacks on 9/11 costing thousands of lives, the United States has killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda and mastermind of the attacks. This is an enormous victory – both strategic and symbolic – for the United States, the world, and all who lost their lives on 9/11.

This could not have been done without great, tireless effort from our military and intelligence community. Almost a decade of hard work and perseverance has paid off. I commend the President and his Administration on a job well done.

Although we will all feel safer in a world without bin Laden, the fight against terrorism worldwide continues and we will remain steadfast in this effort. No matter how long it takes, those who do us harm will be brought to justice.

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