Reports of a soon-to-be released "tell all" book about the raid to get al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May of last year has given rise to new threats of vengeance from Arab jihadists and concerns in the United States over the security of its covert operations and the safety of those who carry them out. The book, written by a retired Navy SEAL who took part in the raid, is also bound to create political fallout over what it says about President Obama and the official version of what transpired when the special operations unit found bin Laden's quarters at his secret residence in Abbottabad on May 1, 2011.
Excerpts from the book, first published on HuffingtonPost.com, describe the raid in less dramatic and somewhat less heroic terms than in the "official" version issued immediately after the raid and in the days that followed. The author of No Easy Day: A First Hand Account Of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden, writes that there was no 40-minute firefight, no effort by bin Laden to use the two women in the apartment as "human shields," and no armed resistance by the al-Qaeda leader. According to "Mark Owen," the pseudonym used by the author, bin Laden had already been shot and lay dying by the time the SEALs found him in his bedroom. The author wrote that he was right behind the "point man" as members of SEAL Team 6 were going up the stairs when a man stuck his head out the doorway.
"We were less than five steps from getting to the top when I heard suppressed shots. BOP. BOP," he recounted. "I couldn't tell from my position if the rounds hit the target or not. The man disappeared into the dark room." When the SEAls entered the room, "Blood and brains spilled out of the side of [bin Laden's] skull." The author and another SEAL "trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless."
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