Point of attack and final moment
We landed in four helicopters. The point team entered the building and secured the opening. The second team searched the first floor (secured) while the third team advanced up the stairs to the second floor (searched and secured). The fourth team held ground.
Team three moved onto the third floor where they encountered barricades. Using much caution throughout the team was concerned about the possibility of booby traps.
With all of the noise, Osama bin Laden knew the Seals were coming. Therefore, he would be armed and dangerous.
They burst into the room with orders to lie down with arms and legs extended.
Instead Osama lunged toward the assaulter and threw his cane at him at which, simultaneously, several members fired hitting bin Laden in the leg, torso, and head. Unfortunately, one of his wives attempted to shield him and she too was shot dead.
Team members gathered DNA and blood sample material; scooped up bin Laden’s lifeless body and placed it into a bag and they put it into a chopper. Other members scoured for computers and memory devices.
Then on command, they blew the joint.
“Hey, did you forget to leave the Ace of spades?”
“I thought you were going to do it.”
“Osama bin Laden ‘resisted’ assault but was unarmed, U.S. officials say
By Greg Miller and and Joby Warrick, Published: May 3
The White House retreated Tuesday from its most provocative assertions about the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, acknowledging that the al-Qaeda leader was neither armed nor hiding behind a female “human shield” when U.S. commandos fatally shot himduring a predawn raid.
The disclosures put the Obama administration on the defensive about whether it had exaggerated elements of earlier accounts for propaganda gain. At the same time, additional details surfaced Tuesday that depict a mission launched amid far greater political and operational uncertainty than had been revealed.
CIA Director Leon Panetta, who supervised the operation, said in interviews that U.S. intelligence agencies never had photographs or other proof that bin Laden was living at the compound in Pakistan that was targeted. Panetta told Time magazine that analysts were only 60 percent to 80 percent confident that bin Laden would be found.
“We never had direct evidence that he in fact had ever been there or was located there,” Panetta said in a separate interview with “PBS NewsHour.” “The reality was that we could have gone in there and not found bin Laden at all.”
President Obama nevertheless approved the operation, Panetta and other U.S. officials said, because there was little chance of obtaining more definitive intelligence on bin Laden’s location, which had amounted to a guessing game for the better part of 10 years.
U.S. commandos carried out not only bin Laden’s body but also a cache of computers and other material found at the compound, “more than we were expecting to find,” said a U.S. intelligence official, who like others would discuss operational details only on the condition of anonymity.
“There’s written material, pictures — there’s all kinds of stuff,” the official said. The material, portions of which appear to have been bin Laden’s personal property, were being shipped to CIA headquarters in Virginia for analysis. Some digital files were transmitted electronically.
The backpedaling on the narrative of the operation created an awkward moment for the Obama administration in what has otherwise been an overwhelmingly positive week. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, chided the White House for appearing to exploit bin Laden’s demise.
“I think we can get in trouble if people try to misuse this for political or propaganda gains,” Rogers said in a telephone interview. “I don’t think that’s going to be helpful at the end of the day.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney attributed the missteps to the administration’s “great haste” in trying to share details even while operational updates were still pouring in. He and other officials stressed that the White House corrected the inaccuracies voluntarily as the quality of the information improved.
Other officials attributed some of the confusion to conflicting information in field reports assembled by military officials still trying to document the details of a complex and chaotic operation that unfolded in 40 minutes in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad.”