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Congressional statements on Osama bin Laden death

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Iowa's congressmen released the following statements following the announcement that Osama bin Laden had been Killed in Pakistan by U.S. forces.

Representative Bruce Braley: "Today the world is a safer place. Tonight's announcement that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces is good news for all Americans. Nearly ten years after his cowardly attacks on innocent Americans and citizens of the world, and on the eighth anniversary of declaring "Mission Accomplished," we can finally close a tragic chapter in our nation's history. Our troops have made tremendous sacrifices, with many lives lost and many changed forever, and we must never forget the real cost of this war on terror."

Representative Dave Loebsack: "Tonight's announcement is a testament to the men and women of our armed forces' and intelligence community's commitment to tracking down the man responsible for the death of thousands of innocent Americans. Tonight stands as a profound chapter in our nation's fight against those who work every day to do harm to the American people. Even as we mark this day, however, we must remain vigilant – the threat against the American people remains and there are those who may seek revenge. The safety of our nation is paramount. Having just traveled to Islamabad to discuss critical counter-terrorism issues, and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to work to ensure the security of our nation."

Representative Tom Latham: "The reign of a ruthless killer has been brought to an end. The death of Osama bin Laden is welcome news for America and her allies around the globe. We owe a debt of gratitude to the military and intelligence officials who carried out this operation. This is a critical victory for the cause of freedom and liberty. God bless the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and God bless the United States of America."

Senator Tom Harkin: "Just a few months short of the tenth anniversary of the worst attack in our nation's history, U.S. forces brought to justice the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. This victory is a testament to the quality of our intelligence service and the courage and precision of the Navy SEALs. I commend the Obama Administration and thank the servicemen and women who carried out this operation."

Senator Chuck Grassley: "On a sunny September 11, 2001, our nation learned of Osama bin Laden and the organization he led which killed 3,000 innocent people on that fateful day. His death is a symbolic victory and a significant achievement in the war against terror, but it isn't an end. Al Qaeda and radical terrorists around the globe remain a grave threat to our country and its people. We must remain vigilant in our fight to maintain the security of the United States. As the memories of 9/11 come flooding back with the death of Osama bin Laden, we remember and honor the families of those who lost their lives that day, and we pay special tribute to the men and women of our military and national security teams who continue to protect this nation and have led the effort over the last 10 years to bring justice. More work remains, and we must remain vigilant against possible retaliatory attacks."

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