Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks nearly 10 years ago, is dead. The founder and leader of al-Qaida was killed by U.S. forces Sunday in a compound 35 miles north of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Richland County Representative James Smith served a year in Afghanistan as a captain in the South Carolina Army National Guard. He says justice and freedom have prevailed.
Smith says he experienced a myriad of emotions after hearing the news of bin Laden’s death.
In an address to the nation Sunday night, President Obama called bin Laden’s death “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaida.” Nearly 3,000 persons lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks in 2001.