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Osama bin Laden's Last Voyage

5/2/2011 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Osama bin Laden's body was taken out to sea and dumped in the North Arabian Sea from the deck of the USS Carl Vinson (pictured below) ... officials have confirmed.

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The Pentagon claims bin Laden's body went through traditional Islamic procedures before it was sent down to Davy Jones' locker -- procedures which included a washing of the corpse.

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Osama-Killing Military Unit -- Super Secret, Super Elite

5/2/2011 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It was only a matter of time before Osama bin Laden was killed -- because the most wanted man in the world was hunted down by the most secret, elite special ops unit in the United States Armed Forces.

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The squad that fired two bullets into Osama bin Laden's head yesterday is known as Team Six -- officially called the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (or DEVGRU) -- a military unit that recruits directly from the Navy SEALs ... making it the absolute elite of the elite.

The Navy's Team 6 is one of two ultra-secret "Tier One" US Special Ops counter-terrorism units -- along with the Army's Delta Force -- and falls under the Joint Special Operations Command (or JSOC).

The two Tier One units execute what are known as "black operations" -- missions so secret, they fall outside standard military protocol ... and often require the direct approval of the President.

In other words, only a select group of military personnel -- including President Obama and his closest advisers -- had any idea Osama bin Laden had moments left to live yesterday.

The technology used by JSOC to track and kill Osama bin Laden is still classified -- but according to reports, JSOC worked closely with the CIA to procure the intelligence they needed to execute their mission.


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Osama bin Laden Death Photo -- Brains Visible

5/2/2011 8:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The White House is reportedly locked in a debate on whether or not to release the Osama bin Laden death photos ... photos in which you can reportedly see the scumbag's brain.

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According to ABC News, the photos are pretty damn gruesome -- with one report stating, "[Osama] has a massive head wound above his left eye where he took bullet, with brains and blood visible."

One U.S. official who has seen the photos tells ABC, "There's no doubt it's him."


Trump Congratulates Obama -- 'Job Very Well Done'

5/2/2011 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Even Donald Trump's gotta give credit where credit is due ... and moments ago, he cyber-congratulated President Obama for "a job very well done."

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Trump -- who was just shredded by Obama at the White House Correspondents dinner -- just issued a statement on Twitter saying, "I want to personally congratulate President Obama and the men and women of the Armed Forces for a job very well done."

He added, "I am so proud to see Americans standing shoulder to shoulder, waving the American flag in celebration of this great victory."

Trump concluded, "We should spend the next several days not debating party politics, but in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and those fighting for our freedom. God Bless America."

Osama bin Laden -- BOGUS Death Photo

5/2/2011 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A photo reportedly showing a dead Osama bin Laden is already making its way around the Internet ... but it seems pretty obvious ... the photo is a FAKE.

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The image on the left is an ALTERED version of a famous photo of bin Laden.

The White House has NOT released an official death photo of the corpse ... yet.

An official has told CNN ... REAL photographs of Osama's body exist ... which show a gunshot wound to the side of his head. The official says due to the wounds, bin Laden's face is "unrecognizable."

Uchitel on bin Laden Death -- 'Makes Me So Happy'

5/2/2011 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rachel Uchitel -- whose fiance was killed in the 9/11 attacks -- was THRILLED when she found out U.S. forces took out Osama bin Laden yesterday ... saying the announcement "makes me so happy."

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Uchitel's fiance -- Andy O'Grady -- was in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when it was struck by a plane. A then unknown Uchitel searched tirelessly for O'Grady ... but he didn't survive.

TMZ spoke with Uchitel last night ... who told us, "This is the biggest news we have received as a country in almost 10 years. Now we Americans finally have justice and maybe we can all sleep just a bit better at night. "

Uchitel continued, "Andy would be so honored to know he's part of history as an American hero for his sacrifice on that day. He's celebrating for sure right now with all those he died with and that makes me so happy."

Osama bin Laden Is DEAD

5/2/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. military forces, President Barack Obama just announced.

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The 9/11 mastermind was reportedly shot in the head in Pakistan and his body is in U.S. hands.

President Obama said he authorized the mission to make a move on Bin Laden last week -- after several months of planning  -- and the attack went down today in the compound where the Al Qaeda leader was hiding. Bin Laden was killed after a firefight.

Bin Laden's demise comes 9 years, 7 months and 20 days after the 2001 9/11 attacks.

Ironically, today marks the 8th anniversary of George W. Bush's "mission accomplished" speech.




Rob Lowe -- All Smiles After Death of Osama

5/2/2011 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rob Lowe celebrated with a few New York City firefighters in Times Square last night after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden.

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Great night.

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