U.S. says Osama bin Laden unarmed when shot dead.

Osama bin Laden was unarmed when U.S. special forces shot…

Osama bin Laden was unarmed when U.S. special forces shot and killed him, the White House said, as it tried to establish whether its ally Pakistan had helped the al Qaeda leader elude a worldwide manhunt.

Carney insisted bin Laden resisted when U.S. forces stormed his compound in the 40-minute operation. He would not say how.

“There was concern that bin Laden would oppose the capture operation and, indeed, he resisted,” Carney said. “A woman … bin Laden’s wife, rushed the U.S. assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed. Bin Laden was then shot and killed. He was not armed.”

White House counter-terrorism chief John Brennan, briefing reporters earlier this week, had indicated bin Laden was armed. “He was engaged in a firefight … and whether or not he got off any rounds, I quite frankly don’t know,” he said.

The New York Times quoted officials as saying commandos did not know if bin Laden or others were wearing suicide belts.

The strike team opened fire in response to “threatening moves” as they reached the third-floor room where they found bin Laden, CIA Director Leon Panetta told PBS television.

Source: Kamran Haider and Matt Spetalnick for Reuters.

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  • Native Texan/American

    Amen Sanchez.

  • sanchez

    Boo f–king hoo…..I’m pretty darn sure that no one aboard any of the 4 airline flights that went down were armed, I doubt the flight attendant that was murdered, pilots and flight crew that were murdered in the take over were armed. And I am pretty damn sure no one was given the option of surrender or evac from the aircraft, trade centers, other involved buildings or the pentagon. You choose to kill people, specially not being man enough to look them in the eyes yourself or pull the trigger yourself, then you don’t geto choose how or when you die. Personally, i think he should of been captured and brought to the states and then turned loose in Manhatten, for a little NEW YORK STYLE OF STREET JUSTICE…then had his body dragged aaroind the streets and hung from a light post in lower Manhatten. Anyone remember Somilia, remember the Blackwater Operators, remember the beheaded soldiers or the hundreds of soldiers living with whats left after IED encounters….Yeah, I know, .not all of this is Al Qaeda related, but why are we politically worried about whether he was armed or not and making sure we answer to the world. We as Americans play by the rules, we want to be perceived as civilized and above and beyond, however, we as americans die just the same and are treated even worse.

    The world may still be a f–ked up placed to live, but it is a little better place with one less asshole living on it….