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'The long wait from 2001 is over': Washington congressional reaction to bin Laden's death

The White House announced May 1 that Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead. - Milt Priggee
The White House announced May 1 that Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead.
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Members of Washington's congressional delegation issued statements in reaction to the news that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead.

Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge: “Our military forces, working together with intelligence personnel, executed to perfection an operation in which terrorist Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday. We are grateful for the courage and professionalism with which these Americans carried out their orders and thank them for their service.

“In 2008 Barack Obama promised to take out Osama bin Laden, and as President he has succeeded in doing so. I join all Americans in relief that bin Laden’s reign of terror is over.

“Now we must continue to maintain our vigilance to root out terrorists and terror organizations wherever they may be.”

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Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.: “The long wait from 2001 is over. Osama Bin Laden's death will be remembered as a major turning point in our efforts to fight his terrorism network. The American people are grateful for the service of all our military and intelligence community.

“Today, we remember the lives of those who were lost on September 11, and we give our deepest appreciation to those who defend our freedom every day. The death of Osama Bin Laden is a major step forward in the fight against terrorism, but we must continue our efforts to confront the social and economic conditions that give rise to violent extremism around the world.”

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