PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain is commending President Barack Obama, armed service members and intelligence officials for the U.S-led operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.

The president announced late Sunday that a small team of Americans killed bin Laden in a firefight at a compound in Pakistan. The al-Qaida leader's death comes after a nearly decade-long manhunt and just months before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, orchestrated by al-Qaida.

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, said in a statement that he was "overjoyed that we finally got the world's top terrorist."

The Arizona senator added that al-Qaeda remains a dangerous enemy but that the "the world is a better and more just place now that Osama bin Laden is no longer in it."