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Obama To Meet Commandos Who Carried Out Bin Laden Raid

U.S. President Barack Obama bows his head after laying a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial in New York.
U.S. officials say President Barack Obama is expected to meet some of the elite American commandos who sneaked into Pakistan to carry out the raid that resulted in the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Officials said Obama plans to privately thank members of the Navy SEALs, or SEa, Air and Land, team, when he meets with them on May 6 at Fort Campbell, in the state of Kentucky.

A SEALs team raided bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan on May 2, shooting dead the Al-Qaeda chief and ending the U.S. manhunt for the terrorist blamed for the September 11, 2001, attacks on America.

On May 5, President Obama marked the death of Osama bin Laden by laying a wreath at Ground Zero in New York, where Al-Qaeda destroyed the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Obama told those attending the event, including families of those who died in the 9/11 attacks, that "When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say."

The U.S. president's visit comes just days after U.S. forces on May 2 killed Osama bin Laden during a raid in Pakistan. Bin Laden's al-Qaeda planned the suicide strikes in which nearly 3,000 people died in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.

Earlier in the day Obama had visited a New York firehouse that lost 15 men during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Operation Carried Out 'In The Name Of Your Brothers'

He told the firefighters that he hoped they gained some comfort from the fact that the U.S. operatives who killed bin Laden " took those extraordinary risks going into Pakistan…in part because of the sacrifices that were made in this state."

"They were doing it in the name of your brothers that were lost," he said.

"Our commitment to making sure that justice was done is something that transcended politics." he added. "It didn't matter which administration was in. It didn't matter who was in charge. We were going to make sure that the perpetrators of that horrible act...received justice."

Photos Will Not Be Released

Meanwhile, amid continuing international interest in bin Laden's death, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated on May 5 that the fight against Al-Qaeda and terrorism will continue.

"Let us not forget that the battle to stop Al-Qaeda and its affiliates does not end with one death," she said in Rome. "We have to renew our resolve and redouble our efforts not only in Afghanistan and Pakistan but around the world."

The U.S. administration has said President Obama has decided not to release photographs showing bin Laden's dead body because of potential risks to U.S. national security.

In an interview with U.S. television network CBS, Obama said DNA and facial recognition testing had established beyond doubt that bin Laden was dead.

compiled from agency reports