Wednesday, May 4, 2011

And the Story continues to Change - White House corrects narrative on bin Laden death; no human shield - 4th May 2011

The White House on Tuesday sought to clarify what actually happened when Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan on Sunday.

The day after White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan said bin Laden resisted capture and used his wife as a human shield during the firefight that killed him, the White House provided a different version of events.

Bin Laden was not armed and did not employ one of his wives as a human shield, the White House said Tuesday. The wife was not killed in the fight.

Chalking Brennan’s misstatements up to the “fog of war, fog of combat,” White House spokesman Jay Carney offered what he called a more complete picture of what happened when a team of Navy SEALs took out bin Laden.

Carney said that when the SEALs reached the third floor of the compound where bin Laden was hiding, one of the al Qaeda leader’s wives did “rush” one of the U.S. “assaulters” and was shot in the leg.

Another woman, on the first floor of the compound, was shot and killed in the crossfire as SEALs battled two al Qaeda couriers.

Carney also clarified that bin Laden was not armed when he was shot twice by U.S. forces, once in the face and once in the chest.

But the White House continued to assert that bin Laden was killed because he was resisting capture, with Carney saying that “resistance does not require a firearm.”

“The U.S. personnel on the ground handled themselves with the utmost professionalism,” Carney said. “And [bin Laden] was killed in an operation because of the resistance that they met.” Read More