SEAL book threatens to debunk official story of Osama killing

We were less than five steps from getting to top when I heard suppressed shots: Bissonnette.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published: August 29, 2012 6:49:06 pm

A firsthand blow-by-blow story of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden says the al-Qaeda chief was unarmed and already dead when the US special troops burst into his room in Abbottabad,an account which threatens to debunk the official version of the killing.

Former Navy SEAL Mark Bissonnette,who used the pseudonym ‘Mark Owen’ to write the book ‘No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden’,says a member of the elite squad saw the terror leader as he ducked into his bedroom,and the soldiers,who were climbing stairs to the third floor,followed.

“We were less than five steps from getting to the top when I heard suppressed shots. BOP. BOP. I couldn’t tell from my position if the rounds hit the target or not. The man disappeared into the dark room,” he wrote in the book,according to MailOnline.

The book says the mission was quite unlike the popular version of what was given out of momentous events at the house in Abbottabad,where US Navy SEALs killed Osama in May 2011.

While various media outlets reported that Osama was armed and showed no intention of going quietly,the special forces man writes that the notorious terror boss was already gasping in his last breath when the soldiers stumbled upon him.

Owen said as Osama lay dying,he and another commando “trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him,slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless.”

The book described Osama as wearing a white t-shirt,loose-fitting tan pants and a tunic. While photographing the terror leader’s body,two guns were found in the room,but neither was loaded.

In the account given out by the US administration after the raid claimed that the SEALs shot Osama only after he ducked into the bedroom because they assume he may be reaching for a weapon.

Owen wrote: “He hadn’t even prepared a defence. 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 p**** he was.”

The book was originally slated to hit book stores on September 11 but will now come out seven days earlier.

It has already stirred a considerable amount of controversy as it was revealed that the Pentagon,the CIA,the Office of the Director of National Intelligence,and even the White House appeared to have no idea that the book was being written,the report said.

While the book is creating waves even before it has hit the stands. But for the retired Navy SEAL-turned-author,the story of events in Abbottabad is getting him unwanted attention.

With his name and photo made public by US media,the soldier is getting threats.

The Daily Mail said an official al-Qeada website had posted a photograph and name of the former commando labelling him “the dog who murdered the martyr Sheikh Osama bin Laden.”

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