The standard narrative about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama Bin Laden’s complex was that he was shot between three to five times. Twice in the head, and then maybe a couple in the chest to really… hammer the point home. But a new report by SOFREP challenges that established story, and also may explain why the U.S. government refused to release photos of his death.
[O]perator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body, two confidential sources within the community have told us. When all was said and done, UBL had over a hundred bullets in him, by the most conservative estimate.
A hundred. That’s a LOT. That would right well tear you apart.
If it’s true, can you blame the SEALs? The concern here that it’s illegal under standard rules of warfare, but really, if you consider Bin Laden responsible for the entire War on Terror, then he cost these SEALs the lives of many, many of their friends.
My only issue with this is that it seems like a huge time waster, especially when you are conducting a clandestine raid (and trying to keep it that way). But this was also a very special clandestine raid.
I’d say we’ll never know, but I’m sure we will one day.