News / USA

Ex-SEAL Offers Firsthand Account of Bin Laden Death

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with national security team members, receive updates on the mission against Osama bin Laden, White House Situation Room, May 1, 2011. (AP/The White House)
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with national security team members, receive updates on the mission against Osama bin Laden, White House Situation Room, May 1, 2011. (AP/The White House)
VOA News
A new first-person account of the U.S. commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden says the al-Qaida leader was unarmed and shot in a doorway, a description dissimilar from the official version of what happened last year in Pakistan.
 
The Obama administration has maintained that members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs force confronted bin Laden in his bedroom last May and killed him with a shot to the chest and another above the left eye after assuming that he was reaching for a weapon.
 
But according to the upcoming book "No Easy Day," written by a 36-year-old ex-SEAL who took part in the raid, his team first shot bin Laden, even though they could not tell whether he was armed, after seeing him peer out into the hallway as they moved toward the room.
 
The author, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, says they entered the room after shooting the al-Qaida leader and found him twitching on the floor in a pool of blood with two women wailing over his body.
 
Owen writes that they then moved the women out of the way and shot bin Laden several times in the chest until he was motionless. The SEALs later found two unloaded weapons — an AK-47 rifle and a Makarov pistol — in the bedroom.
 
The book was scheduled to be released on September 11, the anniversary of the al-Qaida terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, But after some members of the media reported on advance copies they had obtained, Owen's publisher moved the release to September 4.
 
The White House and a spokesman for the National Security Council both have refused to comment on apparent contradictions between the book's version of events and the official record.
 
U.S. defense officials did not clear the book in advance, which opens the possibility that Owen could face criminal prosecution. The Pentagon is investigating to determine whether the author divulged any secret information.
 
In addition to the controversy over whether Owen compromised national security, some U.S. media organizations have revealed his true identity. Since then, he has faced death threats posted online.
 
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

You May Like

Nigeria Incumbent in Tight Spot as Poll Nears

Muhammadu Buhari is running a strong challenge to Goodluck Jonathan, amid a faltering economy and Boko Haram security worries More

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo tells VOA that despite her fame, life is still a struggle as she waits for government's promise of support to arrive More

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

At least seven different indigenous groups in Ratanakiri depend mainly on forest products for their survival, say they face loss of their land, traditional way of life More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
August 30, 2012 9:06 PM
Did American people and president want to arrest Bin Laden alive, question him, clarify the cause of 9.11 attack and punish him according to the law ?

by: Mike from: California
August 30, 2012 8:54 PM
The actual details of OBL's death are not really important, although if the author's account is true, then OBL took a direct hit to the head and continued to keep walking, which is not very likely. As we all know, first-hand accounts are often inaccurate.

The politics called for not giving a certain demographic more cause to shreek and rant anti-American hate. OBL was a very evil man even by the "standard" of the region, which appears to be less than acceptable to most of us. Let's hope the culture of the region learns the value of human life and respect for others.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 30, 2012 3:02 PM
What does it matter what account is correct about how bin laden died? What's important is that he's out of the way, though much too late to have made many converts before he died. As for the threat, it's all balderdash, the ranting of ants and useless. Records must show how he died, now or at some time. What's the threat for? Shows why these people should be seen as what they are - deranged!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More