Today the Eight Order recognizes the brave servicemembers involved in the mission to deliver justice for the Americans who perished during the September 11, 2001 attacks. The many lives lost on that day and those lost while searching for Osama Bin Laden. Nine years ago today, he was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by US Navy SEALs working for the Joint Operations Special Command during the CIA-led Operation Neptune Spear. Bin Laden spent most of that time in hiding for his involvement in the plotting and execution of these attacks (also referred to as 9/11) coordinated by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. The latter a terrorist group he founded in 1988 and led as their de facto leader until his death.
A known terrorist "Well before the events of 9/11, bin Laden had openly declared war on the U.S. and was committed to killing innocents. His al Qaeda group was responsible for the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The attacks killed over 200 people. Bin Laden was indicted for his role in planning the attacks and added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 1999." (fbi.gov, 2011). These attacks brought Al Qaeda to the forefront in the global war on terrorism. They made Osama Bin Laden, a top fugitive targeted by the United States and other countries around the world.
True to policy dealing with terrorists and those seeking to bring harm or death to US citizens, our government never forgets. They spent millions of dollars on a cat and mouse game trying to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. From one hideout to the next, he seemed to always have the upper hand while eluding authorities. In the end, Osama Bin Laden met his match, and the United States once again demonstrated that no one is above the law. That those responsible for the death and suffering of American citizens will be brought to swift justice no matter how long it takes for us to deliver their day of reckoning.