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No firefight in bin Laden raid, SEAL book says

[A new book] written by ex-Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette (under the pseudonym Mark Owen) is his first-person account of the raid on the Abbottabad compound where bin Laden had been in hiding for years. According Owen's version of events, there was no extended firefight between SEAL Team 6 members and bodyguards and bin Laden himself never got the chance to confront or even see the soldiers before they killed him. Instead, he was shot in the hallway outside of his bedroom, then "disappeared into the dark room." By the time the soldiers entered, he was already dying of wounds to the head. Owen says he and another team member then shot him several more times in the chest to ensure he was dead....

Owen is also critical of President Obama in his story, saying that no one on the team was a fan of his and that they believed he and other leaders would inflate their own roles in the story. Even before the raid began, the SEALs joked about how they would help Obama get re-elected and also speculated about who would play them in the Hollywood movie. Despite their personal feelings about Obama, however, the SEALs did agree that he made the right call, saying "Although we applauded the decision-making in this case, there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that he would take all the political credit for this too.”



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