No. 1: Terror leaders vanquished: Gaddafi, Jong Il, Bin Laden


2011 will stand out as the year the big 3 were vanquished from the face of the earth. First came the U.S. capture and killing of Osama bin Laden on May 1 in a daring raid across the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

Based on U.S. intelligence developed the previous month, President Obama ordered a covert military operation to capture or kill and U.S. Navy SEALs carried it out to perfection, killing him outside a private compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bin Laden's death brought some peace to the loved ones killed in the 9/11 attacks.

Next to be taken out was Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator responsible for aiding terrorists in the 1988 explosion of Pam Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, was captured by rebel forces in his country and killed Oct. 20. The 69-yerar-old Gaddafi reportedly begged for his life before he was shot to death; his body draped on the hood of a car so the world could see he was, in fact, dead.

And finally, Kin Jong Il, the North Korean strongman, did the world a favor and dropped dead on Dec. 17. His death was announced on North Korean state-run television two days later, a fitting way to end the year with three strike outs for the bad guys.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper serving the Daytona Beach-New Smyrna Beach / Sanford-Orlando metropolitan region via Florida's first around-the-clock newspaper was launched April 7, 2008, in New Smyrna Beach, initially as and Headline Surfer is a registered trademark of NSB News LLC. Headline Surfer® Publisher Henry Frederick, is recognized as one of Florida's top award-winning cops & courts reporters, who has received more awards for such coverage than any other reporter working in Central Florida. He's the top journalist in the Florida Press Club two years running with seven journalism awards for 15 breaking news and investigative stories, three blogs and top internet site. He's the only reporter to win awards for coverage of the Trayvon Martin slaying as well as the subsequent George Zimmerman murder trial acquittal in Sanford. He's also won state, regional and national journalism awards for his coverage of cops and courts fear 8 1/2 years at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, where he witnessed and reported on the execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos and covered the civil trial brought by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt's widow to keep his autopsy files sealed. Before that before he covered cops & courts for Gannett Suburban Newspapers / The Journal News in Westchester and Rockland counties in New York, where he won a highly-coveted Associated Press Award for breaking news. Before launching the 24/7 internet newspaper in 2008, he was an award-winning city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette, in his native Massachusetts for two years, winning a national investigative award on municipal corruption. The first of Frederick's three books, for which he has secured publishing rights, is called "Creepy Ass Cracker" (840 pages, Xlibris), which will hit bookstores in September. His second book, "Wrestling ReWind," is expected to be published in January 2015. The third book is not yet titled.
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