As you read here, the facts are coming out about the hit on Bin Laden.
New book by ex-Seal chief claims Bin Laden killed in 90 seconds
Six months after his death, US Navy Seals have revealed for the first time that they killed Osama bin Laden within 90 seconds of entering his fortress-like home in Pakistan.
The details of the raid, codenamed Operation Neptune's Spear, are revealed in a book by the Seals' former commander, Chuck Pfarrer.
Pfarrer claims the terror mastermind was killed “almost instantly” and not after a 45-minute firefight as widely believed, challenging the official version of how the al-Qaeda founder died.
"Bin Laden was dead within 90 seconds of the beginning of the raid, not after an extended firefight. Four suppressed rounds were fired," Pfarrer said.
Claiming to have interviewed several men involved in the raid, the author also contradicted the official account of how the US Navy Seal team landed and how one of their Black Hawk helicopters crashed, The Daily Telegraph has reported.
Pfarrer's books also reveals that the Seals' nickname for Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri were Bert and Ernie, after the two Muppets in Sesame Street (Bin laden was tall and skinny like Bert and al-Zawahiri was short like Ernie).
"The Seals entered the building after being deposited on the roof by the lead helicopter, not from the ground. Only minutes after bin Laden was dead did the lead helicopter, heading for a landing spot, lose altitude and sink, tail- first, into the large walled enclosure east of the main house," Pfarrer said in a statement about his book.
The author explains that if the naval commandos had been forced to climb stairs to reach bin Laden, as has been officially claimed, he would have had enough warning to arm and effectively defend himself.
Instead he says that the Seals landed on the roof and proceeded to Bin Laden’s bedroom that was along a short hall. The door opened, he popped out, saw the Americans and then slammed the door shut.
"Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo," radioed one Seal, meaning "eyes on target".
Two Seals kicked in the door that led to a room they later recalled, "smelt like old clothing, like a guest bedroom in a grandmother's house".
Inside was the al-Qaeda leader and his youngest wife, Amal, who was screaming as he shoved her in front of him.
Pfarrer adds that Amal was wounded in the calf during the second round of fire.
The book also argues that bin Laden's long-time deputy, Ayman Zawahiri, may have been responsible for leading the US to his boss as he repeatedly sent a courier in and out of the compound in Abbottabad.
Yahoo!7 and Agencies
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