9.11 Tenth Anniversary
“May the fact that Usama Bin Ladin no longer inhabits the earth be a source of comfort for the thousands of families, here in America and around the globe, who mourn the victims of al-Qa’ida’s barbarity.”
—Former D/CIA Leon E. Panetta
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“Though Bin Ladin is dead, al-Qa’ida is not...we must—and will—remain vigilant and resolute.” —Former D/CIA Leon E. Panetta
The daring raid that ensured Usama Bin Ladin will never kill again was a team effort, the product of increased integration within the Intelligence Community and of close collaboration with our military partners. CIA was at the center of it all, driving the collection of vital information, assessing each piece of data, and assembling them into the compelling intelligence case that led US forces to Abbottabad. The Agency’s contributions were the product of a decade of positive changes—improved collection, analysis, technology, and support.
The men and women of CIA, with our partners in the military and law enforcement, work without pause to keep America safe. The death of Usama Bin Ladin was a devastating blow to the terrorists he led and to his ideology of violence and hate. But al-Qa’ida and its sympathizers, though weakened, continue to plot against the United States.
The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Usama Bin Ladin met his end.