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May 4, 2011 / J. Shaw

Today's White House Story: bin Laden was Reaching for Weapon


SHAW: We have now heard several different versions of the death of bin Laden. Almost every few hours a detail is added, probably due to questions by the public. The latest WH story doesn’t make any sense, its not logical. The claims bin laden had no guards with him when they found him. The WH claims bin Laden had no weapons when the Seals found him. So, you have a guy surrounded by SEALS with no guards , no weapons and he resists? How? Why? He was obviously at the the end had NO chance for escape. This  story makes no sense so now we are told he was reaching for a weapon. Why was that detail just added? I don’t believe this story at all.I dont think he had a weapon and either way it makes no sense to resist when surrounded by SEALS. SHAW

News Article….Usama bin Laden appeared to be reaching for a weapon before being shot by a team of U.S. commandos at his compound in Pakistan, a senior U.S. official told Fox News. 

The detail was among many disclosed Tuesday that helps fill out the narrative of the events leading up to the 40-minute raid that ended with bin Laden’s death.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday said that bin Laden was unarmed when U.S. forces arrived. 

Other details about bin Laden’s compound suggest the Al Qaeda figurehead felt relatively secure in his surroundings. There were no guards on site, according to a senior U.S. official. And according to the official, bin Laden had a “treasure trove” of electronic material on site — more than one would expect from a terror leader worried about getting caught. 

He apparently had no interest in surrendering when the CIA-led Navy SEALs team arrived for their capture-or-kill mission, the result of years of intelligence gathering and special training. The team encountered resistance “throughout the operation,” Carney said. 

Carney said the raid started with one U.S. team working its way up from the first floor of the main building, where bin Laden’s family and one other family lived. Another U.S. team cleared a separate building on the compound where yet another family had been living alongside bin Laden. 

The first team killed two Al Qaeda couriers and a woman who got caught in the crossfire on the first floor of the main building, Carney said. The team found bin Laden and his family on the upper two floors. 

According to one source, 10 people who were likely family members were in the room with bin Laden, including several young children, as well as one of his wives. Some of the children ran out of the room during the fighting. There was also a toddler in the residence. 

Carney said bin Laden’s wife “rushed” somebody from the U.S. team but was shot in the leg. He said bin Laden also resisted and was killed after that. After the completion of the mission, the team gathered evidence and took the body away from the scene. 

That data and evidence are now being analyzed by CIA staff at the agency’s Virginia headquarters. “The U.S. is moving quickly to exploit this information before the cockroaches scatter,” a senior defense official said. 



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