On the evening of Sunday, May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama announced to the nation and world that the leader of al Qaeda and mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was killed during a targeted operation conducted by the U.S. military. Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) issued the following statement:
"The news that Osama bin Laden has been located and killed by U.S. troops is uplifting and sobering at the same time. We all remember where we were and what we were doing when the hijacked planes crashed on American soil. We will all now remember where we were and what we were doing when the President of the United States announced that the man with the blood of more than 3,000 Americans on his hands is no longer a threat to America. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks, for the soldiers overseas who are still working to keep our homeland safe,and the families that wait so patiently for their return."