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Bush Reacts To News Of Bin Laden’s Death

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Now former President George W. Bush smiles during a tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2008. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Now former President George W. Bush smiles during a tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2008. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) – Former President George W. Bush says he has congratulated President Barack Obama after hearing about the death of Osama bin Laden.

In a statement Sunday night, Bush said Obama called that U.S. forces had killed bin Laden. Bush said he also congratulated the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to the mission.

Bush said, “This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.”

He also said the U.S. “has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done. “

Here’s the full statement:

“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission.  They have our everlasting gratitude.  This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.  The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”

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