Osama Bin Laden is dead, President Obama announced Sunday night, in a televised address to the nation. His death was the result of a U.S. operation launched today in Abbottabad, Pakistan, against a compound where bin Laden was believed to be hiding, according to U.S. intelligence.
After a firefight, a small team of American forces killed bin Laden and took possession of his body, the president said. The announcement that Obama would speak came at 9:45 p.m., less than an hour before he was initially scheduled to go on the air.
The unusual hour, and the fact that the White House gave no details about the topic, set off a flurry of speculation. Officials long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding in a mountainous region along the Pakistan Afghanistan border.