Who killed Bin Laden?
By Jake Tapper (CNN)– Killing Osama bin Laden is one of President Obama's greatest foreign policy accomplishments. But which member of Seal Team Six actually fired the shot that killed him?
For a nation still grieving in ways, it was a well-needed victory in the war on terror
“The United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden”
for a President running for re-election during a tough economic time,
it was touted as his signature foreign policy accomplishment
“Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive”
Osama bin Laden was dead, and the elite squad of men who took him out instantly became anonymous legends…..
And action movie characters….
Details of the raid were sketchy at first, but soon the white house put out an official narrative of what happened.
we had the opportunity to take bin Laden alive, if he didn't present
any threats, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that,
we had discussed that extensively in a number of meetings in the White
House and with the President, the concern was that bin Laden would
oppose any kind of capture operation, indeed he did, it was a firefight
and he therefore was killed in that firefight and that's when the
remains were removed.”
But even after president Obama met with
seal team six he didn't know the answer to one critical question: who
delivered the shot that killed Osama bin laden?
in the subsequent
days and weeks the members of seal team six splintered, several of them
offering different accounts of what went down inside Osama bin laden's
complex that night.
“You shot him? Yeah”
First up was the former seal calling himself “mark Owens”, in disguise on 60 minutes.
account, as described in his book, no easy day, has him spotting bin
laden's head poking out from a door frame. Another seal he dubs “the
point man” fired the first shot, then rushed into the room
“You stepped into the room and saw the man lying on the floor? What did you do?”
and the next assaulter in, we both engaged him several more times and
then rolled off and then continued clearing the room.”
“When you say you engaged him, what do you mean?”
“You shot him?”
a new seal — this time not in disguise but invisible — emerged on the
cover of esquire magazine last month, claiming that he, in fact, was
According to him, he stared down Osama bin laden face to face, and shot him in the forehead
journalist Phil Bronstein wrote the esquire article
shooter rolled into the bedroom on the right-hand side and ultimately
right there faced Osama bin Laden less than a foot away from his gun and
shot him there. Three times in the forehead.”
Now,a third SEAL team six member comes forward, with his side of the story
has told one of the few journalists to ever meet Osama bin Laden, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.
Bin Laden was killed in May of 2011.
He was the former leader of terrorist group al Qaeda and mastermind behind 911.