United States President Barrack Obama went live on TV from the White House this morning and announced that a ground operation conducted last week in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan resulted in the killing of most wanted terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was reportedly holed up in a mansion (some reports say a "compound") when a "small team of Americans" conducted the assault acting on information based on US intelligence. They have taken custody of Bin Laden's remains. Contrary to a report coming from Al Jazeera, Bin Laden was not killed by a drone strike.
As of this writing (midnight in the US) Americans have taken to the streets in front of the White House to celebrate the announcement.
All US embassies around the workd are on full alert against possible reprisals from the Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation that Bin Laden once headed. The US warns that Al Qaeda remains a "viable threat" despite its leader's fall and is issuing travel advisories to all American nationals around the world to take safety precautions.