Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst-ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, sources told ABC News.
His death brings to an end a tumultuous life that saw bin Laden go from being the carefree son of a Saudi billionaire, to terrorist leader and the most wanted man in the world.
Bin Laden created and funded the al Qaeda terror network, which was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The Saudi exile had been a man on the run since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan overthrew the ruling Taliban regime, which harbored bin Laden.
In a video filmed two months after the Sept. 11 attacks, bin Laden gloated about the attack, saying it had exceeded even his “optimistic” calculations.
On tonight’s edition of Follow the Money on the Fox Business Network, Eric Bolling featured a group of real American heroes and patriots who, year-round, stand at the ready to greet America’s Military heroes as they return home, flying into the airport at Bangor Maine. The “Maine Troop Greeters” are the focus of a movie called “The Way We Get By,” which is based on their experiences greeting the troops as they return home from the Middle East.
What a heart-warming story. And what dedication! This group is ready round-the-clock, with an early shift that gets to the airport for the first flight of each day.
BONUS: Check out the trailer for this movie. If you don’t at least get a lump in your throat, you ain’t human.
At focus tonight was the upcoming “Weekend for Heroes” event, where wounded warriors from Walter Reed are brought down to Ground Zero to see the progress of the projects, some to see the actual site for the first time, and just to get an up-close look and feel at what the site will look like in the future.
Spotlighted were two brave veterans. The first one is Army Cpl. Kendra Coleman, who was in Afghanistan and lost her left leg to an IED while on patrol. Cpl. Coleman is an MP and Paratrooper, and she is anxious to get back to Afghanistan with the rest of her unit in whatever capacity she can. Also shown was Army Lt. Frederick Simpson, who was shot in the left leg during a firefight with the Taliban at the AfPak border in 2005. He was seeing the Ground Zero site in person for the first time, as well, and they both were motivated to join the military after the 9/11 attacks.
(Warning: Video contains a few graphic images from the operating room.)
Army Spc. Channing Moss was impaled by a live RPG during a Taliban ambush while on patrol in Afghanistan. Army protocol says that medevac choppers are never to carry anyone with a live round in him. Even though they feared it could explode, the flight crew said ‘damn the protocol’ and flew him to the nearest aid station. For medics that was their only choice.
Again, protocol said that in such a case the patient is to be put in a sandbagged area away from the surgical unit, given a shot of morphine and left to wait (and die) until others are treated. Again, the medical team ignored the protocol. This video put together by the Military Times includes actual footage of the surgery where Dr. John Oh, a Korean immigrant who became a naturalized citizen and went on to graduate from West Point, removed the live round with the help of volunteers and a member of the EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) team.