Update: The following is the most reliable report I have heard to date. Jennifer Griffin spoke with one of the people present at the raid on Osama’s lair. She said that they met with resistance from one man who was quickly dispatched. Twenty minutes into the raid, they went into a stairwell where Bin Laden’s son rushed at them and was killed. They saw Osama look out and back into the room. Within 30 seconds, they were in the room where Osama appeared dazed, confused and cowardly. Osama did push his wife into the Seals and she was shot in the leg. There were 10 people in the room, most of whom were children. Osama was killed quickly. He was not armed and there is a possibility that he wanted to be taken prisoner. The Seals who were on the raid averaged 38 years in age. The Seals went into this not expecting to take Osama alive.
Osama was growing cannabis on the compound. My guess is Osama was high.
It’s hard to know which version is accurate. I guess we won’t know until the movie comes out or TMZ gets involved. One facebook friend told me there are 72 versions – I guess the tellers of the tall tales got confused with the whole 72 virgins thing. Pakistanis are now claiming they killed Osama and gave us the body. Who to believe. Who to believe.
“Sources involved in the operation that took down Usama bin Laden told Fox News the terrorist leader acted “scared” and “completely confused” in his final moments, “shoving his wife” at the Navy SEAL who ultimately shot him.
The information helps clarify the conflicting details about what exactly happened toward the end of the 40-minute raid on bin Laden’s northern Pakistan compound. Sources who were part of the mission said bin Laden acted in a “cowardly manner” when confronted. Fox News has also learned that while bin Laden was unarmed, he was standing near the door within reach of two weapons — an AK-47 and a Makarov handgun that are now in U.S. custody. The handgun is a 9mm semi-automatic Russian pistol, standard issue in the Russian military until 1991.
Here’s what happened when the SEALS started taking shots at bin Laden:
Another source familiar with the operation said the first shot fired at bin Laden, when he poked his head out of his bedroom, missed. That detail was first revealed by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., based on information he got during a classified briefing to members of Congress. Afterward, two different SEALs fired on bin Laden, one hitting his chest and one hitting his forehead…A senior U.S. official also told Fox News that only one of the five people killed in the raid was carrying a weapon and firing. The detail seemed at first to diverge from White House accounts claiming the Navy SEALs encountered resistance throughout the raid and were engaged in a firefight during much of the 40-minute operation. However, the scene was described as chaotic, with U.S. forces encountering barricades and women in the compound screaming and attacking the men.
Another U.S. official said there were “at least a half-dozen weapons” found at the compound. The first person the SEALs encountered at the guest house “immediately opened fire” before being killed, the official said. As the SEALs moved through the compound, bin Laden’s son Khaled rushed down from the third floor to the second floor and confronted the SEALs, who killed him.
The U.S. team, in their training, had anticipated that bin Laden had a suicide vest and that the house was rigged. The official bristled at the notion that the compound was somehow an easy target with reports that only one person was armed…”He was the one guy shot who had a gun in his hand and was firing when he was shot — other weapons were at the scene,” the official said. “When the SEALs reached the third floor, after resistance and physical barricades, Usama bin Laden did not immediately surrender. When someone like UBL who has said he wants to kill as many Americans as possible, doesn’t 150 percent surrender, you have to assess as a threat.”
Another source familiar with the operation said the first shot fired at bin Laden, when he poked his head out of his bedroom, missed. That detail was first revealed by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., based on information he got during a classified briefing to members of Congress. Afterward, two different SEALs fired on bin Laden, one hitting his chest and one hitting his forehead.
President Obama, after spending the day in New York City to mark bin Laden’s death and meet with the families of Sept. 11 victims, plans to meet Friday with “some” if not all of the SEAL team members who carried out the daring raid. A senior U.S. defense official told Fox News he will meet with members of the team at Fort Campbell, Ky., along with those who flew them to the scene in helicopters.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Justin Fishel and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.