Passei o final de semana escrevendo minha monografia (trabalho final) para o Curso de Especialização em Direito Militar (sim, estou fazendo uma especialização em Direito Militar e outra em História Militar). Consegui acabar a versão e enviar a meu orientador.

Depois, fui terminar de preparar a exposição que farei amanhã na Comissão de Relações Exteriores e Defesa Nacional do Senado (vide post anterior) – é, o fim-de-semana foi intenso. Acabei agora e vim atualizar o site. Deparei-me com a notícia que segue…

Bin Laden teria morrido e seu corpo estaria em poder de autoridades norte-americanas… Será? Se assim ocorreu, foi um bom golpe no terrorismo internacional… Não que a Al Qaeda vá encerrar suas atividades ou se desmantelar porque seu líder morreu. Há muito que a coisa não funciona assim…

Entretanto, se a informação for procedente, boas notícias… Já vai tarde!

Al Qaeda leader bin Laden dead: U.S. officials

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Reuters – 11:06pm EDT

By Mark Hosenball and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden is dead and his body has been recovered by U.S. authorities, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

President Barack Obama was to make the dramatic announcement shortly in a hastily called, late-night appearance at the White House.

It is a major accomplishment for Obama and his national security team. Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, had repeatedly vowed to bring to justice the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, but never did before leaving office in early 2009.

U.S. officials said that after searching in vain for the al Qaeda leader since he disappeared in Afghanistan in late 2001, the Saudi-born extremist is dead and his body recovered.

Having the body may help convince any doubters that bin Laden is really dead.

He had been the subject of a search since he eluded U.S. soldiers and Afghan militia forces in a large-scale assault on the Tora Bora mountains in 2001. The trail quickly went cold after he disappeared and many intelligence officials believed he had been hiding in Pakistan.

While in hiding, bin Laden had taunted the West and advocated his militant Islamist views in videotapes spirited from his hideaway.

Besides September 11, Washington has also linked bin Laden to a string of attacks — including the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2000 bombing of the warship USS Cole in Yemen.

(Writing by Steve Holland; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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