New Yorker Details Navy SEALS Raid on Bin Laden Compound

The New Yorker has the scoop on the details of how the SEALS raid on bin Laden went down, from Obama's and Panetta's directives to the actual real-time ops. There's nine pages of it (online), so obviously there is some fascinating stuff, and some points of intense bravery. For instance:

The Americans hurried toward the bedroom door. The first SEAL pushed it open. Two of bin Laden’s wives had placed themselves in front of him. Amal al-Fatah, bin Laden’s fifth wife, was screaming in Arabic. She motioned as if she were going to charge; the SEAL lowered his sights and shot her once, in the calf. Fearing that one or both women were wearing suicide jackets, he stepped forward, wrapped them in a bear hug, and drove them aside. He would almost certainly have been killed had they blown themselves up, but by blanketing them he would have absorbed some of the blast and potentially saved the two SEALs behind him. In the end, neither woman was wearing an explosive vest.

We won't spoil it for you—it's really worth reading—but suffice to say bin Laden was unarmed, and President Obama met the dog named Cairo that helped on the operation. Set aside some time and check it here (#longreads). 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 1, 2011, 5:11am

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