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Osama bin Laden Announced Dead; Dearborn Celebrates at City Hall

In Dearborn, some residents began to celebrate Sunday night, while a larger gathering is planned for Monday.

Nearly 10 years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the terrorist attack, is dead, President Barack Obama announced in a televised address late Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Dearborn residents began to gather in front of around midnight, waving American flags on Michigan Avenue and soliciting honking horns from passing motorists.

"It felt good because I'm an American and I can trust this country for whatever I need," said resident Toufeq Ahmed on hearing the news of bin Laden's death. "I support it all the way."

President Obama confirmed that the United States launched a targeted mission Sunday and killed Bin Laden, and his body is in American hands. He spoke about the fact that Americans of all backgrounds and all faiths should be celebrating.

"Our war is not against Islam," Obama said in his national address. "Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al-Qaida has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

"Tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11," he continued. "I know that it has, at times, frayed, yet today's achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country."

The President also added, "Justice has been done."

CNN reports late Sunday night showed spontaneous singing of the national anthem outside the White House as the crowds waited for Obama to appear.

“Osama bin Laden murdered thousands of Americans, yet evaded justice for years," Sen. Debbie Stabenow said in a statement Sunday night. "Our country is united in gratitude to the brave men and women of our intelligence and counterterrorism community and our troops for their sacrifices in keeping us safe from terror.”

Gatherers in front of City Hall Sunday night said they plan to hold a larger rally in the same area Monday afternoon, although an official time has not been set.

Ismail Bachir May 02, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Thank God For President Obama!! You can't deny him and he has not denied us! Thank You President Obama!
DM May 03, 2011 at 12:54 AM
President Obama had nothing to do with it. American military personnel alone deserve any credit, praise or thanks which might be given. In fact it is those very service men and women whom Obama was debating whether to pay or not just a short time ago. God bless our troops.
kc May 09, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Obama had everything to do with it. He gave the orders to get him... and simply because for 8 straight years after 9/11, Bin Laden was able to escape the Bush administrations attemtpts to capture or kill him and history testifies to that starting with Tora Bora - I don't believe Bush was sincere in wanting to capture Bin laden, his neo cons administration figures were able to feed their propaganda agianst Islam for as long as Bin laden was alive... The muslims in America wanted Bin Laden dead more than those neo cons did! Thank you to the military personnel and thank you to President Obama and his sincerity.

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