Osama Bin Laden Dead - Killed by United States Operation

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World Leaders React to bin Laden's Death

World leaders are reacting to the news of the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Former U.S. president George W. Bush called bin Laden's death a "momentous achievement."  Bush was president when when al-Qaida attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton has called bin Laden's death a "profoundly important moment."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said bin Laden's death in neighboring Pakistan proves Kabul's long-standing position that the war on terror was not rooted in Afghanistan.  Karzai also urged the Afghan Taliban to refrain from fighting.

Meanwhile, India's Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the news of bin Laden's death highlights India's "concern" that terrorists find "sanctuary" in Pakistan.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the news of the al-Qaida leader's death brings "great relief" to people across the world.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed bin Laden's death as a major coup in the fight against terrorism.

In the United States, jubilant crowds gathered outside the White House in Washington, and Times Square in New York - as well as what is known as "ground zero" - to celebrate bin Laden's death.

A VOA reporter on the scene at the scene in Washington said young Americans, celebrating outside the gates of the White House, sang the national anthem as they climbed trees and lampposts to hang American flags.

Video footage of reaction in Washington DC, New York City

World Leaders React to bin Laden's Death

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