Osama was dead as US Marines arrived
30 August, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was unarmed and already dead with a bullet to his brain when the US NAVY SEALS entered his bedroom in his Abbottabad compound, narrated a US Navy SEAL in his first-hand account of the raid.
The Huffington Post has obtained a copy of the book.
In the book "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden", a SEAL who used the pseudonym Mark Owen wrote that suppressed gunshots were heard when the team was less than five steps away from getting to the top. When the team members entered the al Qaeda chief's room, they saw his wife wailing over his body, the book added.
Owen also denied numerous reports that Laden had a weapon and resisted when the SEALS entered. He wrote that the al Qaeda leader was unarmed and had been fatally wounded with "blood and brains spilled out of the side of his skull".
The writer also negated several other reports, and said that the SEALS were not fired at outside the compound nor was there a 40-minute firefight. Owen wrote that the raid 'was being reported like a bad action movie'.
"At first, it was funny because it was so wrong," he added. It is vital to mention here that the book was not cleared by US Defence officials in advance, raising the possibility that the author could face an investigation and possible criminal prosecution.
Pentagon reviewing book on Abbottabad raid
The Pentagon on Wednesday said it has obtained a copy of a soon-to-be-published book by a former Navy commando who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and is reviewing it.
The book was not cleared by US defence officials in advance, raising the possibility that the author could face an investigation and possible criminal prosecution. "We have obtained a copy and are reviewing it," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.
"No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden" was written under the pseudonym Mark Owen with co-author Kevin Maurer and was to be released next month on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Its publication has been moved up to September 4, according to reports by some media outlets.
According to the book, the al Qaeda chief was unarmed when Navy SEALs found him in the raid on his Pakistan compound last year, several media outlets that obtained advanced copies reported on Wednesday. It also describes bin Laden being shot in the head as he looked out from his bedroom door, the reports said.
National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor not commented on the book, but said, "As President Obama said on the night that justice was brought to Osama bin Laden, 'We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country.'"