bin-laden[Multiple important updates below. Video replay of broadcast below.] 10:40 p.m. EST: U.S. government officials have stated that Osama Bin Laden, yemach shemo, is dead and that the U.S. is in possession of his body. President Barack Hussein Obama will be addressing a national news conference shortly. The topic of the unexpected speech is reported to be homeland security, and while no other details were released, the announcement is expected to be a major one, addressing the death of bin Laden.

Bin Laden, the founder of the terrorist group al-Qaeda, was the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.

Stay tuned. Developing…

Update, 10:58 p.m.: In the last 20 minutes, media outlets around the world have picked up the story, reporting on bin Laden’s death, but not much else. The news is spreading like wildfire across the internet, as reporters are awaiting the President’s remarks, expected to be delivered momentarily. The press conference can be watched live below as soon as it commences.

Update, 11:02 p.m.: Keith Urbahn, the Chief of Staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, tweeted: “I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden.” CNN and the New York Times have just confirmed the report.

Update, 11:11 p.m.: As the country and worldwide media outlets await the Obama press conference, it has emerged that bin Laden was killed by a US operation. The body is in possession of the US, having been killed in Pakistan as the result of a US special forces and CIA operation.

The news comes eight years to the day that President George W. Bush declared “Mission accomplished” in Iraq. As president, Bush declared he wanted bin Laden “dead or alive” – but it is now the unlikely figure of Barack Obama who announces the final triumph as the US commander in chief.

This will be considered a turning point in the global “war on terrorism” that has been waged since 9/11 – and the news will reverberate around the world.

The news comes as an unparalleled boost for US foreign policy, the key aim of which since 2001 has been the disarming and dismemberment of al-Qaeda.

As a candidate, during the 2008 election campaign, Obama repeatedly vowed: “We will kill Osama bin Laden.”

Update, 11:21 p.m. EST: A senior U.S. counterterrorism official has said that in Laden was killed in a ground operation in Pakistan, not by a Predator drone. The official said it actually happened last week and sources say that the U.S. had been waiting for the results of a DNA test to confirm his identity. This has not been confirmed by the White House. Other sources say that the operation actually took place earlier today.

Officials have long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak ahead of the president.

ABC, CBS and NBC have cut away from scheduled programming to cover this enormous news.

Update, 11:21 p.m. EST: President Obama has just begun addressing the country.

Update, 11:46 p.m. EST: The press conference has just concluded.

Click below for a video replay of the press conference:

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  1. Ven echad mibinei chabura gait avek darf dee ganse chabureh dashrukin! oyyy seiz ahver tzo maspid zien dee nifter veil er iz geven azah groiseh roizteach! oyyyyyyyy vee er hut gehurevert iber dee koran oyyyyyy vos far a soiny yisroel er iz giveen!

  2. They found Osama’s death certificate as they were looking for Obama’s birth certificate.
    No big news here.

  3. What double talking phonies! When Israel does targeted killings of terrorists, Hussian Obama shakes his finger and condems it but now that Obama has to get reelected it’s suddenly okay!

  4. very unpleasant to hear Mr Obama repeatedly say “at my direction” when the Bush team worked so hard to smoke em out, and Obama opposed the war…

  5. stop all the negative personal attacks against the President of this Malchus shel chesed. you need to remember that this is the internet, and that means that anyone could theoretically see this

  6. Well done to the US Special Forces personnel and their allies who carried out this operation. Justice always catches up with people. We all reap what we sow eventually. Many of the young people gathered in Times Square and outside the White House would have been aged eight to eleven years old when September 11 happened. Their reaction here is a statement that they, like all of us, do not want to live in a constant state of fear. President Obama spoke well as usual. There was not a hint of adolescent triumphalism in his voice. I agree with him. G-d bless the USA !

  7. President Obama spoke very well.
    I just wish he would apply his words about protecting his country and fighting terrorism to our people in Eretz Yisroel…..

  8. someone made a comment he gave himself up Did he?
    By the way if he is dead it is BARUCH DIN HAEMES.
    Hashem takes care of our enemies that is his din at leas that is how I feel.

    Hashem for some reason wants this to be under
    President Obama victory. Will any one at least
    acknowledge presidents Bushes Hard effort for
    all that he was trying to achieve?

    Lets hope this is a real death and he isn’t hiding somewhere with Presidents agreement.
    Lets hope there next leader will not take
    revenge in ways we can’t even imagine.

    Lets hope that Mossiach tzadkanu is on the way today.

  9. The first thing one ought to do is(take a glass of expensive wine and)make a Bracha SHEHECHIYANU and HATOV VE’HAMEITIV.

  10. Definitely a time for ??? ????? ????

    Oh well, it’s all go here in England, ??? ????? for Will and Kate at lunchtime today and then a ???? visit in Pakistan tomorrow.

  11. The birth certificate that was released last week was Osama’s. That had to kill him to get the birth certificate to use for the president. It was an easy photo shop job to change the name. After all, the difference between Obama and Osama is only two letters.

  12. I think it would have been preferable to capture him ALIVE, and “debrief” him the Richtiger way, and have him give up some secrets. Then have him stand trial and execute him. That would have been a MUCH more classy handling of the matter.

    Hitler YEMACH SHEMAM COMMITED Suicide on May 1
    put the english date of 5-1 together & get the wake-up message straight from Hashem. you get 51, which chapter in Tehillim is chapter 51? The chaper of Teshuva (repentance) when will klal yisroel wake up & do teshuva? just how many more tragedies C”V will have to happen before we do teshuva? IS THIS MESSAGE & SIGN-straight from Hashem-ENOUGH or does klal yisroel need more Tzaros to get them to wake up & do Teshuva?