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Bin Laden Not Killed in Firefight, Was Unarmed

Bin Laden Not Killed in Firefight, Was Unarmed

United Press International

May 03, 2011

U.S. officials now say Osama bin Laden was not killed in a firefight, and was not armed when he died.

The officials backed away from a number of claims made about the Pakistan raid by U.S. SEALs that killed the al-Qaida founder and leader Sunday night.

Politico reported Tuesday that during an off-camera briefing late Monday officials confirmed a woman was among the five people killed in the raid, but said she was not bin Laden’s wife and bin Laden had not used her as a human shield.

John Brennan, deputy national security adviser, told reporters during a televised new conference Monday that bin Laden was part of the firefight during the 40-minute operation at the Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound.

And at a Pentagon briefing earlier in the day, a senior official said bin Laden was using the woman as a shield so he could fire off rounds — “He was firing behind her” — Politico reported. In another background briefing earlier Monday, an official said bin Laden was killed participating in the firefight.

However, Politico reported, a senior White House official said during the off-camera briefing later Monday that bin Laden was not armed when he was killed. A second official confirmed that fact to Politico.

A third official told Politico, “The bottom line is the team that entered that room was met with resistance and took appropriate action.”

Though Monday night the White House refused to give details, an official confirmed bin Laden was shot twice, once in the head and once in the chest, the newspaper said.

Yet another official familiar with the operation said no woman was used as a human shield, but one woman was killed and one injured in the crossfire. Neither was bin Laden’s wife.

At Monday’s on-camera news conference, Brennan said bin Laden’s son Khalid was killed, but the official White House transcript had another bin Laden son, Hamza, as killed, Politico reported.

The White House did not explain the discrepancy, the newspaper said.

Listen as White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that Osama bin Laden was not armed when a Navy SEAL raiding party confronted him during an assault on his compound in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, U.S. intelligence teams were pouring over computers and data discovered during the raid in which al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed, officials said.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 2 years ago

    All I can say is that we helped him meet his maker, GOD, who will ensure his punishment will be 1,000,000 times worse than what he did on earth. Hoo Rah to the Navy Seals and all of those who allowed this operation to be carried out!

    It is disgusting that the media allows this garbage to paint issues on how his "RIGHTS" were violated or what we did that was "WRONG."

  • Car_004_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I am SHOCKED, DISAPPOINTED and UPSET beyond belief ...........bin lanen was unarmed and we killed him!? HOW IS THAT EVEN WORTH PRINTING? WHO FREAKING CARES? The scumbag is DEAD!!!! It is time to celebrate the fact that our AWSOME MILITARY TOOK THE FIGHT TO HIM AND ENDED HIS WORTHLESS LIFE.....,.PERIOD!!! He WAS armed.......with his voice! That is the weapon he used to kill unarmed Americans. If he was able to speak.....he was able to kill!! He can no longer he can no longer kill....GREAT JOB SEALS, GOD BLESS YOU and GOD BLESS THE U. S. of A. !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Drknite_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The MFer is dead and all associated with him knew the risks and should of armed themselves. Armed or unarmed anyone in bin Laden circle doesn't deserve to be breathing either. Good riddance..

  • Respect_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump scottodell36. Bin Laden painted a big cross hair on his chest on 9/11/01....Kudos to the Seals and to all our military.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    How many of his victims were armed. I say an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth.

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Who gives a rats a$$, he is out of the game. Heads up however, he was not a lone player.

  • Clone_trooper_max50


    over 3 years ago


    He had 10 more years of life than his victims. Who cares? Great job by our military.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Too many stories coming out of the WH after the fact. I tend to believe the initial reports that he was armed or reaching for a weapon and that he was hiding or being protected by a women. The woman was shot and then Osama was taken out with at least one to the head and one to the chest.
    It appears that the WH is floating a number of stories out to see which one the Muslims like the best and then that will be the official version. Only thing I really care about is that he is dead.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    The only details about this that are important are these: The mission was sanctioned, the objective was successfully completed and none of our guys were killed.
    As for the claim that there was no firefight... are you kidding? There was an op, there was gunfire, there was a firefight. The fact that our guys were the only ones firing effectively simply means that we are just that much better than them.

  • Bronzestarribbon_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Ahh, but he was armed, last time I looked atthe human body most of have two good ones on either side. Just sayen...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Bulls eye! Go Navy Seals! True American hero's whoever you are. May 1st should be declared a day of remembrance to our bravest of the brave...The Navy Seals and for the taking out of the world's most wanted.

  • 014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Good guys 1. Bad guys 0
    10-8 No report

  • Bearcat_2_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Irresponsible journalism at work again. He's dead. End of discussion. Operational details will not, and should not, be discussed. The Navy SEALS and our Intelligence Community did an outstanding job. The successful completion of this mission hinged on operational security. The "right to know" that the media touts on a regular basis does nothing but create more problems. And the photos? Really? He's dead. Done. Quit asking. Hat's off to the SEAL's and everyone that supported that mission. Who's next on the list?

  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Maybe he was asleep...I don't care. Good job Seals. I salute you.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    P.S. Sorry we had to pollute the ocean with his carcass!

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