Special Report: Death of Osama bin Laden


By USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (May 2, 2011) – The death of Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and founder of al Qaeda, was celebrated in America as a blow to the terrorist group and closure to the hunt for the world’s most wanted man.

bin Laden and al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people.

bin Laden died in a firefight at a safe house in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His body was recovered and buried at sea.

Experts at the University of South Florida on the Middle East, politics and social media provided insight around the terrorist leader, the impact on President Obama and how news of bin Laden’s death reached the world.

Stories from USF News

USF's Milani Offers Insight on al Qaeda's Future. An expert on the Middle East, professor Mohsen Milani discusses the death of Osama bin Laden.

Students React to the Death of bin Laden. USF students discussing the death of Osama bin Laden express reactions ranging from excitement to skeptism.

Social Media Drives bin Laden Coverage. News of the death of Osama bin Laden spread across social networking sites late Sunday night.

USF Experts in the News

ABC Action News: Middle East expert predicts Al-Qaeda power vacuum.

ABC Action News: Obama said 'No pics,' leaving some to ask if Osama Bin Laden is really dead.

Bay News 9: After the raid, the search for plots.

Channel 10 News: Bin Laden's dead - now what?

Command Post Tampa: USF's Mohsen Milani on the Demise of Osama bin Laden.

Fox 13: Social media impacting major headlines.

Naples Daily News: In wake of Osama killing, president gains rare praise from political foes.

News Channel 8: Dr. MacManus discusses political ramifications of Bin Laden's death.

The Tampa Tribune: Celebrations erupt locally upon news of bin Laden's death.

The Florida Times-Union: How First Coast schools handled death of bin Laden - or chose not to.

WUSF: USF Professor: Bin Laden's Death to Herald More Attacks.

White House Resources


President Obama’s Announcement: Video.


President Obama’s Announcement: Transcript.


Press Briefing by Senior Administration Officials.

Local Coverage

St. Petersburg Times: Florida Reaction to the Death of Osama bin Laden.

Tampa Tribune: bin Laden Gallery.