Osama bin Laden is dead and his body has been recovered by U.S. authorities, U.S. officials said on Sunday night.
President Barack Obama was to make the announcement shortly that after searching in vain for bin Laden since he disappeared in Afghanistan in late 2001, the Saudi-born extremist is dead.
It is a major accomplishment for Obama and his national security team, having fulfilled the goal once voiced by Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, to bring to justice the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
More on this as details become available.
[UPDATE] The President just confirmed that after a tip last August that OBL was in Pakistan, the President authorized the CIA to follow the lead for eight months...patiently confirming the truth. And today, they struck. Joint Special Operation Command led the way. No US personnel were hurt, we recovered the body and confirmed the identity. A growing crowd outside the White House. Even Dubya weighed in congratulated the President.
One hell of a night.