Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 145, No. 122
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500BIN LADEN DEAD
\Obama announces al-Qaida leader killed in Pakistan
By JULIE PACE and MATT APUZZO
WASHINGTON, ILC. — Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. ll, 2001, terror attacks that murdered thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.
“Justice has been done,” said the president in a dramatic late-night announcement at the White House.
A small team of Americans killed bin I.aden in a firefight Sunday at a compound in Pakistan, the president said, and took custody of his remains. American officials said they were being handled in accordance with Islamic tradition.
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.
Former President George W. Bush, who was in office on the day of the attacks, issued a written statement hailing bin Laden’s death as a momentous achievement.
“The fight against terror goes cm, hut tonight, America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will he done.” he said.
Obama said he ordered the operation after receiving undisclosed intelligence, information Senior administration officials said the terrorist mastermind was found inside a custom-built compound with two security gates. They said it appeared lo have been constructed to harbor erne high-value target and that for undisclosed reasons, officials became clear the hideout was bin Laden’s.
()fiiciais also said they believe lite death puts al-Oaida on a path of decline that will he difficult to rev erne, hut there w as no word tm the w hereabouts of bin Laden’s second- m -command, Ayman al-Zawahn
Hie stunning end to the world’s most widely-watched manhunt came just months before the loth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World T rade t enters and Pentagon, orchestrated by bin Laden’s al-Qaida organization, that killed more than 3,000 people.
The attacks a decade ago seemed to come out of nowhere, even though a!-Qaida haul prev lously damaged American targets overseas
The terrorists hijacked planes, flew one of them into one of Manhattan’s‘U-S-A’ chant fills air outside White House 112A
Tw in Towers and, moments later, into the other one. Both buildings collapsed, trapping thousands inside and claiming the lives of firefighters and others who had rushed to help them.
A third plane slammed auto the Pentagon, defacing the symbol of America’s military might. A fourth crashed in rural Pennsylvania after passengers overpowered the hijackers and toned the craft from the air - before it could hit its intended target in Washington.
The attacks set off a cham of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America’s entire intelligence
apparatus was ov erhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.
A senior administration official said Obama gave the final order for
U.S. officials to go after bin Laden on Friday. The official added thai a small team found their quarry hiding in a large home in an affluent suburb of Islamabad. The raid occurred in the early morning hours Sunday
Administration officials offered some details of the operation.
Based on statements given by U.S. detainees, intelligence officials have known tor years that bin Laden trusted one al-Qaida courier in particular, and they believed he might be living
with him in hiding. In November, intelligence officials found out where he was living, a huge fortified compound in an affluent suburb of Islamabad. It was surrounded by walls as high as 18 feet high, topped with barbed wire. There were two security gates and no phone or Internet running into the house.
Intelligence officials believed the SI million home was custom-built to harbor a major terrorist. CIA experts analyzed whether it could he anyone else, but time and again, they decided it was almost certainly bm Laden Three adult males were also killed in Sunday’s raid, including one of bin Laden’s sons, whom officials did not name. One of bin Laden’s sons, Hamza, is a senior member of al-Qaida.
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mer President Bill Clinton Sunday night to inform them of the developments.
()bamu struck a fess than boastful tone in his brief announcement, although he said the death of bin Laden was ‘The most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaida.
"His death does not mark the end of our eft!*! There’s no doubt that al-Qaida will continue to pursue attacks against us We must and we will remain v igiiani. he added.
Moments after he spoke, American officials cautioned that the events could lead to heightened threats against the Untied stales.
Officials said the U.S. would ensure that bin Laden s body was handled in accordance w ith Islamic tradition.Airn(iteiflte
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Hopelands summer concert series begins
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Today kicks oft the 2011 Hopelands Gardens Summer Concoct Series, so get ready for a summer filii of fin music enjoyed with beautiful surroundings.
Beginning today at 7 p.m. and lasting through the end of August, Local and regional bands offer mg music from all different types of genres will perform each Monday eveningSee concert schedule on 5A.
from the Windham Performing Arts Surge at Hopelands
The concert series, w hich has been going on tor more dian three decades, will offer everything from jazz to big band, bluegrass to string-hand music and, this year, one of the new groups performing will be the ABATSU African
Drummers and Dancers of Augusta.
“That’s going to be a really neat concert,” said Lisa Hall, supervisor with the Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. “It’s just something that hasn’t been done before. We’re trying to make our concerts a Lot more diverse ... we have so many people from so many backgrounds here in Aiken, and to learn about each others’ culture and the music that goes w ith it, I think, is
very important tor people hot in the community.”
Hall added that each concert typically averages 500 to 600 attendees, with die July Fourth celebratory conceit by the Murine Corp Concert Band attracting as many as 1,500 people.
lins year, Fort (iordon will bring out the Crooked River Dixieland Band, and Hall said those type of concerts bring out a tremendous amount of attendees, as well.
“Fort (iordon has different types of bands that play, and usually when it’s a hand from a military base, people tend to really support those concerts,” Hall said.
Last year, many of the concerts had to be relocated due to inclement weather or extremely high temperatures, and dos year, Hall said she has high hopes dud w ill not be the case.
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A crowd outside the White House in Washington, D.C„ cheers Sunday upon hearing the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is dead