02 May 2011

Vocabulary In the News : Osama bin Laden Killed

"Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body," President Obama said late Sunday evening.

direction – leadership or management

targeted – aimed at something or someone, having an objective

compound – an enclosed area where a particular group of people live or work

to carry out – to do a particular piece of work, research, operation, etc..

harmed – hurt, injured, damaged

a casualty – someone who is injured or killed in an accident or military action

a firefight – an exchange of gun fire

to take custody of something -  to take possession of

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