BRUSSELS - NATO said on Monday the death of al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a firefight with US forces was a "significant success" for the security of NATO allies.
The Western military alliance's secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said in a statement NATO should continue its mission in Afghanistan to ensure it "never again becomes a safe haven for extremism."Bin Laden was killed by US troops in a raid and ensuing fire-fight on Sunday.
"This is a significant success for the security of NATO Allies and all the nations which have joined us in our efforts to combat the scourge of global terrorism to make the world a safer place for all of us," Rasmussen said.
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