Obama to bin Laden assault team: 'Job well done'

(AP) - President Barack Obama embracedthe U.S. commandos he sent after terror mastermind Osama bin Laden,saluting them Friday on behalf of America and people all over theworld. "Job well done," he declared. The president spoke to a hangar full of cheering soldiers aftermeeting privately with the full assault team - Army helicopterpilots and Navy SEAL commandos - who executed the dangerous raid onbin Laden's compound and killed the al-Qaida leader in Pakistanearly Monday. "Thanks to the incredible skill and courage of countlessindividuals - intelligence, military over many years - theterrorist leader that struck our nation 9/11 will never threatenAmerica again," Obama said, speaking at an Army post whose troopshave sustained heavy losses in a war in Afghanistan that has grownon his watch. Capping an extraordinary week for the military, the country andhimself, he called the bin Laden raid one of the most successfulintelligence and military operations in America's history. Vice President Joe Biden joined Obama in a briefing and inthanking the members of the mission behind closed doors. He emergedto the broader audience of troops and put it bluntly: "We justspent time with the assaulters who got bin Laden." Obama warned in his address to the troops that the fight againstterrorists still rages, but said: "we are ultimately going todefeat al-Qaida." Fresh warnings emerged, though, underscoring Obama's cautionthat the fight against terrorists still rages. The Afghan Taliban said the death of bin Laden would only boostmorale of insurgents battling the U.S. and its NATO allies.Al-Qaida itself vowed revenged, confirming bin Laden's death forthe first time but saying that Americans' "happiness will turn tosadness." Soldiers at Fort Campbell were careful not to celebrate binLaden's death, voicing instead a sense of professional pride forthe work of the commandos. "We're not done," said Major Luis Ortiz, who was at Bagram AirBase in Afghanistan when Obama visited the troops there lastDecember. "We cut off the head of the snake, but the snake isstill wiggling around." Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with members of the bin Ladenmission team a day earlier to express his admiration andappreciation, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said. VIDEO: President Obama addresses troops at Fort Campbell in KYVIDEO: President Obama announces Osama bin Laden's deathPhotos of President Obama in Situation Room during bin Laden mission

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