Small Wars Journal

Osama Was Unarmed (Updated)

'No Easy Day,' Bin Laden Raid Book: Osama Was Unarmed - Sneak peek via the Huffington Post.

The much-anticipated firsthand account of the Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden reveals the terrorist leader was unarmed and was already dead with a bullet to the brain when the SEALs entered his bedroom in the compound at Abbottabad, Pakistan...

Searching bin Laden’s neatly organized room, Owen found two guns -– an AK-47 and a Makarov pistol -– with empty chambers. “He hadn’t even prepared a defense. He had no intention of fighting. He asked his followers for decades to wear suicide vests or fly planes into buildings, but didn’t even pick up his weapon. In all of my deployments, we routinely saw this phenomenon. The higher up the food chain the targeted individual was, the bigger a pussy he was.”...

Update: SEAL Book Raises Questions About bin Laden's Death by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press.

... The author writes that bin Laden ducked back into his bedroom and the SEALs followed, only to find the terrorist crumpled on the floor in a pool of blood with a hole visible on the right side of his head and two women wailing over his body.

Bissonnette says the point man pulled the two women out of the way and shoved them into a corner and he and the other SEALs trained their guns' laser sites on bin Laden's still-twitching body, shooting him several times until he lay motionless. The SEALs later found two weapons stored by the doorway, untouched, the author said...


Well, I guess he should have armed himself. No big suprise to me. It's not about playing fair, but winning. Well done SEAL Team 6. I don't really have an opinion on the author and his reasons for writing the book.