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White House Briefing Reveals Osama bin Laden Used Wife As Human Shield During Raid

Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counter terrorism John Brennan

Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counter terrorism John Brennan

UPDATE

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation into the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, many of the details being disclosed by the White House and being reported on by us may change.

At this point in time, the White House has rescinded its comments about Osama bin Laden using his wife as a shield.


John Brennan, chief counter terrorism adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, is speaking to the press during a White House briefing about details of the attack on Osama bin Laden.

“If we would have been able to take him alive, we would have done that,” he says.

Mr Brennan said bin Laden was hiding behind women, who were used as a human shield, when he was confronted by US special forces troops. One woman was killed.

Brennan told the press during the briefing that the woman used by bin Laden as a human shield during the raid on his compound was “presumed to be his wife”.

He also said President Obama made one of “the most gutsiest calls” of any president in giving the go-ahead for the bin Laden raid.


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