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"
And 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.
"If 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.
His 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?"
"Myself 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?"
But 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 the shooter.
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
"The 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.
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