Delaware’s National Delegation and Governor Markell Issue Statements on the Killing of Osama bin Laden’s by U.S. Troops
Senator Tom Carper (D-Del) issued the following statement regarding the death of Osama bin Laden:
“Our hearts go out to all the families in the United States and around the world who lost a loved one because of the evil acts of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaida. I want to offer my congratulations to thePresident, his Administration, and our brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Services and counter terrorism forces. This is remarkable news, and a testament to their skill and dedication. Nearly 10 years after the most treacherous and devastating attack on the United States, we can now find some solace that the mastermind of that terrible act has finally received the justice that he so richly deserved. This is not the end of our efforts to fight terrorism and ensure a safer America and a safer world, but this is an important victory in this effort. We need to continue to remain eternally vigilant because we know all too well that there are still those around the world who would do us harm and we must work to prevent that. Again, I want to offer my thanks and deep appreciation to all those who worked to make this significant achievement possible.”
U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement on President Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces:
“This is a momentous development for our country. For nearly 10 years, America and its allies around the world have fought to stop the terrorism of al Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden. President Obama’s announcement tonight that bin Laden has been killed is a tribute to the hard, dedicated work of our armed forces. I hope his death will both make the world safer and speed the day when our troops can return home.”
U.S. Representative John Carney released the following statement tonight about the death of Osama bin Laden:
“Nearly ten years after the horrific attacks of September 11th, Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of those attacks, has finally been killed. I commend the Obama Administration, the CIA and the U.S. military for their actions.
“This is a day to remember — and an important milestone in the ongoing war on terror. This should strengthen our resolve as we continue to protect the nation from serious threats from around the globe. We must remain vigilant in an extremely dangerous world.
“As always, we continue to thank our troops for their incredible sacrifice and tireless efforts defending the country. We pray for their continued success and a safe return home.”
Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell releases the following statement after President Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces:
“This is a moment for us to say thank you to those who have fought our fight against terrorism, especially our Delaware troops. Thousands of National Guardsmen and women, in addition to U.S. and coalition military forces, have shown almost ten years of unbroken service, professionalism and patriotism. Hundreds of Delaware air and army soldiers deserve our gratitude for their service in Afghanistan. Many remain on duty as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. With valor, courage and duty, they fight for all of us in Delaware and beyond.”
Delaware currently has approximately 325 Delaware National Guardsmen serving in Afghanistan.