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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in War | 5 comments

More Details on the end of Osama bin Laden

More info is coming out on the end of Osama bin Laden’s life via intriguging reports from NBC and Fox News. One fact: there was no long firefight and most fire came from the Navy Seals.

Here’s the NBC report complete with graphics:

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Fox News has a source saying bin Laden acted “cowardly” — shoving his wife at the Navy Seals:

Sources involved in the operation that took down Usama bin Laden told Fox News the terrorist leader acted “scared” and “completely confused” in his final moments, “shoving his wife” at the Navy SEAL who ultimately shot him.

The information helps clarify the conflicting details about what exactly happened toward the end of the 40-minute raid on bin Laden’s northern Pakistan compound. Sources who were part of the mission said bin Laden acted in a “cowardly manner” when confronted. Fox News has also learned that while bin Laden was unarmed, he was standing near the door within reach of two weapons — an AK-47 and a Makarov handgun that are now in U.S. custody. The handgun is a 9mm semi-automatic Russian pistol, standard issue in the Russian military until 1991.

A senior U.S. official also told Fox News that only one of the five people killed in the raid was carrying a weapon and firing. The detail seemed at first to diverge from White House accounts claiming the Navy SEALs encountered resistance throughout the raid and were engaged in a firefight during much of the 40-minute operation. However, the scene was described as chaotic, with U.S. forces encountering barricades and women in the compound screaming and attacking the men.


The U.S. team, in their training, had anticipated that bin Laden had a suicide vest and that the house was rigged. The official bristled at the notion that the compound was somehow an easy target with reports that only one person was armed

“He was the one guy shot who had a gun in his hand and was firing when he was shot — other weapons were at the scene,” the official said. “When the SEALs reached the third floor, after resistance and physical barricades, Usama bin Laden did not immediately surrender. When someone like UBL who has said he wants to kill as many Americans as possible, doesn’t 150 percent surrender, you have to assess as a threat.”

Another source familiar with the operation said the first shot fired at bin Laden, when he poked his head out of his bedroom, missed. That detail was first revealed by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., based on information he got during a classified briefing to members of Congress. Afterward, two different SEALs fired on bin Laden, one hitting his chest and one hitting his forehead.

Expect more details to trickle out in coming days.

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  • WagTheDogObamaTellsTales

    Anyone here remember the bogus Jessica Lynch story where her squadron was ambushed and her team wiped out and how she manned the .50 machine gun and started taking Iraqis out like superwoman? Remember how that was revealed as a lie by our government and subsequently she felt really bad and came out and said that it was not true at all? She did not lie but the government did and put her in the middle of it. Remember the Pat Tillman story where he supposedly died valiantly in battle but later it was found out that he was writing letters home describing how our government was behind the opium poppy growing and how he was infuriated and was going to spill the beans on it — he was fragged by OUR SIDE!! STILL THINK OUR GOVERNMENT DOES NOT LIE!! Osama has been dead for 8 to 9 years. This IS a ‘Wag the Dog’ folks!! Keep drinking the kool-aid/denial juice if you want, but you are being lied too! So what are you going to do!-

  • rudi

    Spambots attack. Was he killed/murdered, probably, but so what.

  • Oldbull56

    Regardless of which new agency spins this story, or how many people that were ‘in the loop’ leak whatever third or fourth hand gossip they may or may not have heard from someone, it matters little to me. The end result is OBL is dead, that is the only thing that matters to me.

  • ShannonLeee

    “Was he killed/murdered”

    Love it… had to toss murdered in there didn’t you? I think they should have tried a game of role reversal with Osama. Maybe he would have learned how we feel and maybe he would have decided that terrorism isn’t the answer? Geee… that would have been the ideal solution… right beav?

  • rudi

    SL I in no way considered the killing of OBL murder. Just giving a nod to some analysis which questions the exception(results). How may of the Seals could be killed if the safe house was booby trapped? What if the ISI reacted to mission and they got involved a more time consuming mission?

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