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U.S. commandos knew bin Laden likely would die
Reuters ^ | May 2, 2011 | Mark Hosenball

Posted on 05/02/2011 4:07:12 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

(Reuters) - U.S. special forces set out to kill Osama bin Laden and dump his body in the sea to make it harder for the al Qaeda founder to become a martyr, U.S. national security officials told Reuters on Monday.

"This was a kill operation," one of the officials said.

"If he had waved a white flag of surrender, he would have been taken alive," the official added. But the operating assumption among the U.S. raiders was that bin Laden would put up a fight -- which he did.

Bin Laden "participated" in a firefight between the U.S. commandos and residents of the fortified compound near the Pakistani capital Islamabad where he had been hiding, the official said.

The official would not explicitly say whether bin Laden fired on the Americans, but confirmed that during the course of the 40-minute operation the U.S. team shot bin Laden in the head.

Three other men and a woman lay dead after the raid, but no Americans were killed. John Brennan, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, said U.S. officials believed the woman was one of bin Laden's wives and that he had used her as a human shield.

Brennan said the commandos were prepared to capture Obama alive, but they knew that was a remote possibility.

"If we had the opportunity to take bin Laden alive, if he didn't present any threat, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that," Brennan told reporters.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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1 posted on 05/02/2011 4:07:14 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
OBL

RIP

Rest In Pork

2 posted on 05/02/2011 4:09:30 PM PDT by Travis McGee ("Castigo Cay" will be out in a few weeks.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Brennan said the commandos were prepared to capture Obama alive, but they knew that was a remote possibility.
3 posted on 05/02/2011 4:11:31 PM PDT by mwyounce
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To: Free ThinkerNY
said U.S. officials believed the woman was one of bin Laden's wives and that he had used her as a human shield.

I'll bet he wished he had more of his wives there.

Islama-punk.

4 posted on 05/02/2011 4:13:19 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((unite))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What annoyed me to no end was these sickophants so concerned with his burial according to Islamic law. Stick a ham hat on his head wrap him in a pork robe strap a bomb on his a## put him on a raft have a drink and push the button. These guys get me sick


5 posted on 05/02/2011 4:16:26 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
""If we had the opportunity to take bin Laden alive, if he didn't present any threat, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that," Brennan told reporters."

;-)

;-)

6 posted on 05/02/2011 4:17:00 PM PDT by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: Travis McGee

Obama is finding out that Mohammed was a liar and that Jesus Christ is the real prophet of the one true God.


7 posted on 05/02/2011 4:17:13 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Before tossing him to the fishes, they should have unzipped him and filled him with ham and cheese sandwiches and pork rinds. At least that would make his corpse more palatable to the sharks
8 posted on 05/02/2011 4:17:40 PM PDT by NWFLConservative (Game On.......Fight Like a Girl!!...............Saracuda in 2012)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Honestly, even if he was willing to give up. I’d have shot him to save America from the trail and the administrations mishandling of it.

I say the team that got him get the 25 mill reward. God knows they saved us 10 times that in court/security costs for a trail.


9 posted on 05/02/2011 4:17:40 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bin Laden "participated" in a firefight between the U.S. commandos and residents of the fortified compound...

If by participate, you mean taking multiple rounds to the head then, yes he did indeed.

10 posted on 05/02/2011 4:18:20 PM PDT by keat
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To: cableguymn

TRIAL! shessh.. twice I screwed that one up ;)


11 posted on 05/02/2011 4:18:48 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I’m gonna guess you meant osama, but it’s an easy mistake to make.

I’m just glad that right now, he knows that islam’s a lie. Maybe he’s in obvlivion/nowhere like before we’re born or in hell, but we all know he’s not in the retarded islamic version of the afterlife.


12 posted on 05/02/2011 4:20:40 PM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m surprised OBL didn’t have a secret, underground passageway to flee in when the compound was built. I guess he thought the place was impossible to breach.


13 posted on 05/02/2011 4:22:38 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Free ThinkerNY.
"If he had waved a white flag of surrender, he would have been taken alive," ...But the operating assumption... was that bin Laden would put up a fight... during the course of the 40-minute operation the U.S. team shot bin Laden in the head... officials believed the woman was one of bin Laden's wives and that he had used her as a human shield.

14 posted on 05/02/2011 4:22:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: ronnie raygun

when the americans recovered part of a russian submarine, the US military gave full soviet military burial rites to the dead. They even taped it to provide it to the soviets as a proof the dead were respected.

I am not saying I agree, I just understand of burrying the dead appropriately. If we did have him and dumping his body at sea prevents it from becoming a monument. (see arafat)


15 posted on 05/02/2011 4:24:45 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A fight? I heard OBL hid behind a woman!


16 posted on 05/02/2011 4:25:54 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: He Rides A White Horse

I hope his 72 Virgins all look like Helen Thomas!


17 posted on 05/02/2011 4:26:56 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Tolsti2

Some people have described hell as being on the outside of Heaven and forever knowing that you missed your opportunity to get in.


18 posted on 05/02/2011 4:27:01 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why do I have a gut feeling the mission was to bring out a dead benLaden, whether he was in the compound or not?


19 posted on 05/02/2011 4:27:10 PM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Okrah is reportedly pissed at Obambi, who had promised to deliver to her show (and magazine) a live bin Laden.


20 posted on 05/02/2011 4:27:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think commandos assume that anyone they encounter is going to die.


21 posted on 05/02/2011 4:28:09 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.conservativedna.com/)
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To: keat

Don’t forget the part where OBL “participated” in the fight from behind a woman’s back.

Big set of testicles there, huh?


22 posted on 05/02/2011 4:29:04 PM PDT by SkiKnee
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Three other men and a woman lay dead...

I just heard on Howie Carr's show that a total of 22 people died in the raid. This makes sense when you figure that there must have been security and staff there.

23 posted on 05/02/2011 4:32:25 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Kansas58

I hope they chummed the water as they tossed him into the sea. I’ll bet that becoming shark food isn’t ‘clean’.


24 posted on 05/02/2011 4:33:32 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((unite))
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To: LZ_Bayonet

Considering he was shot twice in the head, they’d pretty much have to say he put up a fight- whether he did or not.


25 posted on 05/02/2011 4:36:34 PM PDT by Krankor (And he's oh, so good, And he's oh, so fine, And he's oh, so healthy, In his body and his mind)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

26 posted on 05/02/2011 4:41:03 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I like the buried at sea part....

Now every time I go boating or to the beach, I can pee on his grave.

27 posted on 05/02/2011 4:46:59 PM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Osama’s ragheads in a fire fight with Seal Team Six? Yeah right. Go ahead, make my day. Everyone of those seals are highly trained marksmen. I pity anyone that thinks they can come out alive going up against those guys!


28 posted on 05/02/2011 4:51:33 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: ronnie raygun

What annoys me is HOW quickly president Zilch got all those college kids to celebrate in front of the WH around 11 o’clock before the announcement of OBL last night. PURE STAGED. I’m dying to find out WHO coordinated the bus trip from the campus to the WH lawn. SOMETHING stinks to high heaven. Float a hundred dollar bill around the campus and watch the children sing like canaries. It was preplanned...mark it!!


29 posted on 05/02/2011 4:51:43 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: RoseofTexas

Not too quick - I’ve heard reports that many were college kids, on the GI Bill. Their actions don’t look like Obama supporters:

- They were yelling “USA ... USA ... USA”. Obama supporters would have been yelling “O ... BA ... MA”.

- Obama supporters would have burned some cars and smashed some windows.

- They were smiling - Obama supporters can’t be happy that we used violence on a friendly terrorist.


30 posted on 05/02/2011 4:57:40 PM PDT by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: jda

That’s not what I heard, they were screaming O B A M A and USA, plus 4 more years or something like that...don’t know if it’s on Youtube.


31 posted on 05/02/2011 5:01:50 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: mwyounce

LOL! As of this posting, it still says “Obama”.

Good ol’ Reuters....


32 posted on 05/02/2011 5:23:06 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: RoseofTexas
"It was preplanned...mark it!!"

They were from George Washingto U, around the corner and walking distance. I saw some GW shirts.

33 posted on 05/02/2011 5:24:22 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: Kansas58
Martin Sheen as OBL in the Deadzone

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34 posted on 05/02/2011 5:30:44 PM PDT by darbymcgill
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Yehuda; null and void; MestaMachine; Jeremiah Jr; Armaggedon

Yet more verification [of a drash concerning sin-laden Obama]. Someone needs to make a list of all these media “slips”.

From the link:

Comments (3)

teaellem wrote:

Please see paragraph 6. There is no B in Osama.

May 02, 2011 7:18pm EDT — Report as abuse

hhanzo888 wrote:

“Brennan said the commandos were prepared to capture Obama alive, but they knew that was a remote possibility.”

capture “Obama” ?

May 02, 2011 7:21pm EDT — Report as abuse

jpc80011 wrote:

“Brennan said the commandos were prepared to capture Obama alive, but they knew that was a remote possibility.”
you guys have an editor?

May 02, 2011 7:25pm EDT — Report as abuse


35 posted on 05/02/2011 5:43:52 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Kansas58

lol. Wasn’t that one of Dante’s rings of Hell?


36 posted on 05/02/2011 5:58:39 PM PDT by jonathonandjennifer
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To: cableguymn
Interesting point. You know, if OBL really understood the US he would have surrendered. Then he would have had a decade to rant, pontificate and pronounce from a stage provided him by the US. And then, when the wheels of justice eventually got to his execution, he would have turned himself into a martyr. The propaganda value would have been priceless.
37 posted on 05/02/2011 5:59:07 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: mwyounce

OMW! I was skimming and missed that. Do you think Obama knows Brennan said that about him? :)


38 posted on 05/02/2011 6:04:18 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: Kansas58

A fight? I heard OBL hid behind a woman!

&&&
That would be a fight according to the mohammedan definition.


39 posted on 05/02/2011 6:09:41 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: RoseofTexas

That doesn’t explain the “ Thank you President Bush” t shirts though


40 posted on 05/02/2011 7:01:49 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Ezekiel
Brennan
41 posted on 05/02/2011 10:07:37 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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