A blow-by-blow account of the Navy SEAL raid that took down Osama bin Laden has revealed that the al-Qaeda chief was unarmed and already dead when troops burst into his room in his Pakistan compound.
The book, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden, was written anonymously under the name Mark Owen, who was one of the SEAL Team Six members who saw the terror leader die in May 2011, but ot long after the announcement of the book, FoxNews.com identified the soldier – Matt Bissonnette, 36, who retired from service shortly after the bin Laden raid.
Bin Laden apparently was hit in the head when he looked out of his bedroom door into the top-floor hallway of his compound as SEALs rushed up a narrow stairwell in his direction.
The book says that the mission was quite unlike the popular version of what went on at the house in Abbottabad.
Owen wrote that 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.
He said: ‘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.’
While various media outlets reported that bin Laden was armed and showed no intention of going quietly, the soldier wrote that the notorious terror boss was already taking his last breaths.
Owen writes that as bin Laden 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.’
A copy of the book, obtained by The Huffington Post, described bin Laden 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.
‘Owen’ wrote: ‘He hadn’t even prepared a defense. 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 a 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 autobiography may also be heading to the big screen, as it was revealed on Sunday that director Steven Spielberg met with the retired commando to discuss making a movie about his experience.
An official al-Qaeda website on Friday posted a photograph and the name of the former Navy commando responsible for the book, calling him ‘the dog who murdered the martyr Sheikh Osama bin Laden.’
Meanwhile the head of U.S. Special Operations Command told current and former troops that the military would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause harm to fellow forces.
‘We will pursue every option available to hold members accountable, including criminal prosecution where appropriate,’ Admiral Bill McRaven wrote in an open, unclassified letter emailed to the active-duty special operations community.
‘As current or former members of our special operations community, authors have a moral obligation, and a legal duty, to submit their works for pre-publication security review,’ the admiral wrote.
Not long after the announcement of the book, FoxNews.com identified the soldier – Matt Bissonnette, 36, who retired from service shortly after the bin Laden raid.
By Friday, the man’s name, photograph and age had been posted on the ‘the Al-Fidaa Islamic Network’ online forum, one of two websites officially endorsed by al-Qaeda, according to Evan Kohlmann, founder of the New York-based security firm Flashpoint Global Partners.
It was followed by comments that called for the man’s death, including one response that said, ‘O’ Allah, kill every one of them,’ and another that said, ‘O’ Allah, make an example of him for the whole world and give him dark days ahead.’
Source: The Daily Mail