For almost a decade, the U.S. has anticipated the moment it could tell the world with confidence: Osama bin Laden is dead.
Sources say that America’s most wanted was tracked down and killed at a mansion just a couple of hours' drive from the Pakistani capital Islamabad. Not in the Tora Bora caves. Not in the remote mountains of Waziristan. Osama bin Laden was – apparently – found in relative comfort.
The man whose image will forever be entwined with the indelible scenes of 9/11 is now a corpse under U.S. ownership. It’s an iconic occasion for President Obama and for the country as a whole. But its significance will only become apparent in time. Does martyrdom await? Will bin Laden’s death serve only to assemble the disparate factions of al Qaeda?
The cheers outside the White House are long-awaited and well-deserved in a nation still scarred by the events of 2001. But one man’s death doesn't necessarily kill a movement. And Mr. Obama will be judged not just by this singular success – but by how he uses it.
Watch his announcement in full below: