Report re-sparks controversy over bin Laden’s sea burial
A new report claims that Osama bin Laden was shot more than one hundred times in the 2011 raid
New details are emerging from special operations sources involved in the killing of Osama bin Laden, most notably that he was shot more than one hundred times in the fatal 2011 raid in his compound in Pakistan.
A report from a website known within the intelligence and armed services community says this is the reason the United States did not show the body of bin Laden, The Daily Mail reported Friday.
The new allegations could explain why the Obama administration did not release photos of the dead jihadist and gave him a sea burial.
At the time of the assassination, the U.S. president argued that photos of the dead body could be used for propaganda for al-Qaeda.
A judge said of the matter that the U.S. Department of Defense was not required to release any evidence of the death to the public.
Citing two confidential sources, The Special Operations Forces Situation Report tells how "operator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body."
Details about the classified mission were unearthed in SEAL Team Six member Mark Bissonnette's book which differ from the SOFREP account, but author Jack Murphy writes that Bissonnette's version "is perhaps the most measured and polite description that one could give."
While Bissonnette doesn't cite a firm number for the amount of bullets used in his memoir, the account is far less dramatic the latest reports.
"In his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing. Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds," Bissonnette wrote in No Easy Day which was published in September 2012.
'The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless.'
Osama bin Laden, the founder and head of the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda, was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. The operation, code named Operation Neptune Spear, was carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency. Islamabad branded the raid a violation of sovereignty and Pakistan’s relations with the U.S. fell to an all-time low.
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