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1. President Obama announced last night that US forces killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden during a raid yesterday inside Pakistan. The president said he had approved the secret mission on Friday after months of intelligence gathering determined that the Al Qaeda terrorist leader was holed up in a fortified compound in the city of Abbottabad. US Navy Seals carried out the mission, AP reports, shooting bin Laden in the head. His remains were then discarded at sea in accordance with the Muslim tradition of immediate burial. Bin Laden had escaped US forces for nearly a decade, and his death represents a major political and foreign policy victory for the president.