"Tonight we learned that the man who killed so many of our friends, neighbors and countrymen in 2001 -- Osama bin Laden -- has been brought to justice.
"While we welcome this news with great satisfaction, this is not a moment of victory. U.S. forces have eliminated the head of a dangerous global terrorist network but al Qaeda and its affiliates remain a lethal threat to America and Americans everywhere.
"We owe a debt of gratitude to the dedicated personnel of our military and intelligence communities. It is their skill, perseverance and determination that brought us to this day. And in the weeks and months ahead, we will be relying on these same men and women to continue to fight our fight in the Global War on Terror.
"This should be a lesson to violent international extremists who tonight are contemplating ways to harm the United States and its allies: no matter how long it takes, you will be brought to justice."