LONDON: US President Barack Obama watched the real action unfold live on a TV screen as a US commando gunned down Al Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in a safe house in Abbottabad in Pakistan early Monday. He broke the news to the world later that the US Navy Seals had taken the world’s deadliest terrorist.
The footage of the battle in bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout is said to show one of his wives acting as a human shield to protect him as he blasted away with an AK47 assault rifle.
WASHINGTON (AFP) – One of Osama bin Laden’s wives acted as a human shield in an unsuccessful bid to save the Al-Qaeda leader’s life before he was killed in a raid by US special forces, a top US official said Monday.
Earlier today :
May 3, 2011 – Washington
White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan has said that the US Navy Seal team that killed Osama bin Laden Sunday in Pakistan would have captured Al Qaeda’s leader alive if it was possible.
“If we had the opportunity to take bin Laden alive, if he didn’t present any threat, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that,” Brennan told reporters.
Later today :
Claims that the al-Qaeda leader had died while firing an automatic weapon at commandos were withdrawn, with President Barack Obama’s spokesman admitting “he was unarmed”. A dramatic description of bin Laden using his wife as a “human shield” and forcing her to sacrifice her life also proved to be false. The woman was still alive and was taken into custody with several of the terrorist’s children.
The US press is burying this story. For the first time in my adult life, I am not proud of America.