Wicker Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden

May 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today made the following statement regarding the announcement Sunday that U.S. personnel killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan:

“The news that Osama bin Laden, a murderer and mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, was killed confirms America’s resolve to bring this terrorist to justice.  Following that dark day in our history, we pledged to end bin Laden’s terror.  Countless Mississippians have made significant sacrifices for this effort, and I am thankful for the fighting men and the intelligence professionals who played a part in this operation to accomplish that mission. 

“Even though bin Laden is dead, the War on Terror continues.  Unlike traditional celebrations in our nation’s history that marked the end of hostilities, there is no peace treaty.  This also serves as a reminder that the U.S. will not rest until those who would do us harm are stopped.  The remaining members of al-Qaeda and other violent Islamist extremist groups are intent on killing innocent men, women, and children around the world. 

“I will continue to support the members of our Armed Forces and intelligence personnel as they work to accomplish their difficult task.  Constant vigilance is critical to protecting Americans both at home and abroad.”

Wicker serves as Deputy Whip and is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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