osama bin laden

The latest national security issue to figure in the presidential campaign has little to do with Iran, Afghanistan or other foreign policy challenges. Mitt Romney is instead focusing on what he and other Republicans allege is the Obama administration's record of leaking classified information for political purposes.

Documents found at Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan reveal an al-Qaida leader who had come to feel marginalized and frustrated with actions taken by affiliated terror groups he had helped inspire.

The man responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks is seen struggling to limit attacks that killed mostly Muslims, and to keep the international jihad movement focused on what he viewed as the main target: the United States.

In a speech delivered from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, President Obama said that after more than 10 years of war in the country, the U.S. is on a path toward peace.

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President Barack Obama has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

He’ll be addressing America in a speech tonight, the one year anniversary of a special forces mission that killed Osama Bin Laden.

KUT News will broadcast NPR's coverage of President Obama’s remarks tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can listen on KUT 90.5 FM, or stream online at kut.org

One year ago today, we learned that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had been located and killed by U.S. Navy SEALs at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

There's no shortage of stories and news related to that event, including these:

-- "After Bin Laden, Al-Qaida Still Present As Movement." (NPR's Dina Temple-Raston, on Morning Edition.)

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The man who commanded the unit that shot and killed Osama bin Laden this week is a graduate of the University of Texas journalism program. The Daily Texan reports that Vice Adm. William H. McRaven graduated in 1977.

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A key advisor to former President George W. Bush says the killing of Osama bin Laden marks an end to a journey that started during the Clinton Administration.   Mark McKinnon, who is now with the Austin firm Public Strategies, tells KUT News that it's the first time in a decade that the country has come together as one, crossing political and ideological lines.

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Austin city officials say have no plans to ratchet up security following the death of Osama Bin Laden and concerns that Islamist radicals could stage reprisal attacks against the United States. But Police Chief Art Acevedo is urging people to report any suspicious activity. He said that over the next week or two, residents should expect more uniformed police officers patrolling the city's streets.

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Austin resident Karen Hughes served as a close political advisor to President George W. Bush for many years, both when he was Texas Governor and then when he moved to the White House. When she was appointed as Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy in 2005, Hughes was put in charge of trying to improve the perception of America abroad.

"One of the things that we worked in public diplomacy to highlight around the world was the fact that a lot of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda's victims were, in fact, innocent Muslims," Hughes told KUT News.

Osama bin Laden lived out of public view after being chased from Afghanistan by United States forces in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. For 10 years he remained a bogeyman shrouded in mystery. The question many are asking now is: Will we get one last look at him before consigning his memory to the past?

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Did you know that Austin has a monument to the Texans who died in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and the Texas soldiers who perished in the war in Afghanistan? It sits on the grounds of the Texas State Cemetery on E. 7th St. The memorial was commissioned by Governor Rick Perry on the first anniversary of the attacks, and it was unveiled on September 11, 2003, according to the Texas State Cemetery's website.

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At the Texas Capitol, as House members opened this morning's session with their usual moment of prayer, State Representative Marva Beck (R-Houston) said today is both joyful and sad.

“We’re joyful that 911 has been put to rest with the capture and execution of bin Laden, we take a moment for the solitude to remember the people that fell on that day, to be grateful for the firefighters, the police, everyone that fought in that to pull survivors out and that died themselves,” Rep. Beck said. 

People gathered outside President George W. Bush’s home in North Dallas last night on word that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden at a mansion in Pakistan. WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, sent a reporter to the scene.



Local TV stations sent photographers to The Drag last night on word that University of Texas students had erupted in jubilation on news that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US forces in Pakistan.  The above report from KXAN had the most interviews with celebrating students.

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We will be posting reaction from elected officials or other prominent political figures as they come in.

Governor Perry issued this statement this morning.