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Clinton To Bin Laden Sympathizers: You Cannot Defeat Us

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks following the death of Osama bin Laden, Monday, May 2, 2011. i i

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks following the death of Osama bin Laden, Monday, May 2, 2011.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks following the death of Osama bin Laden, Monday, May 2, 2011.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a blunt warning to followers of Osama bin Laden, especially Taliban members in Pakistan and Afghanistan: You cannot wait us out. You cannot defeat us. You can make the choice to abandon al Qaida and participate in a peaceful, political process.

Clinton is the latest U.S. official to make a formal statement following the slaying of Osama bin Laden today in Pakistan. She began her remarks by remembering bin Laden's victims, nearly three thousand of whom died on September 11, 2001.

NPR's Michele Kelemen tells NPR Newscasts that Clinton also noted the close working relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, saying it's put intense pressure on Al Qaida but didn't offer further diplomatic clues into the bin Laden incident:

NPR's Michele Kelemen on Secretary Clinton

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