White House clarifications on the elimination of Bin Laden cleared the air – but left questions. Bin Laden was “unarmed” but “resisted,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday.
More details have filtered about the elimination of Terrorist Number One: His wife was not killed, and varying reports said there were from 17 to 34 people were in the million-dollar mansion during the raid, including four or five men, two to three women and a daughter, and several children.
A malfunction in one of the U.S. helicopters scrubbed the possibility of capturing any of them. However, the soldiers returned with a treasure chest of computer files.
Three people were killed on the first floor of the mansion, and Bin Laden was found and shot dead in the third floor. American officials are reluctant to release photos of the assassinated Bin Laden because doing so may cause turmoil in the Muslim world.
Carney corrected an official’s statement Monday that Bin Laden’s wife was killed.
“In the room with Bin Laden, a woman – Bin Laden’s wife – rushed the U.S. assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed,” the White House stated. “Bin Laden was then shot and killed. He was not armed.”
The White House said on Monday that Bin Laden “resisted” capture, and Carney clarified Tuesday, “Resistance does not require a firearm,” but he did not explain except to add, “The resistance was throughout.”
The people killed on the first floor were a woman, who was caught in crossfire, and two couriers. One of them was Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti, the terrorist who unknowingly spilled the beans of Bin Laden’s location via his wiretapped phone. U.S. intelligence followed his tracks after he was identified by detainees at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
The recovery of approximately five computer hard drives and approximately 100 discs may give American intelligence officials a golden opportunity to further dismantle Al-Qaeda.
“They cleaned it out,” one official said told Politico.com. “Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive? Hundreds of people are going through it now” in a secret location in Afghanistan.
The SEAL team arrived in two helicopters, and not four as originally reported. The other two were reserve craft, which it turned out were necessary after one of the copters developed a malfunction when the soldiers began to leave. They blew up the craft so that it would not fall into the hands of terrorists.