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Monday
May022011

U.S. INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS GIVE DETAILS ON DEATH OF BIN LADEN

HIGHLIGHTS FROM A BACKGROUND BRIEFING WITH SENIOR US INTELLIGENCE AND DEFENSE OFFICIALS ON THE DEATH OF OSAMA bin LADEN

At 1:10 a.m. Monday preparations were made for OBL's religious rites to be given onboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea. In accordance with Islamic practice he was washed and wrapped in a white sheet before being buried at sea at 2am Eastern.

His body was placed on board a prepared flat board and then "eased into the sea" at 2 am.

During the firefight "he did resist" he was found with one of his wives. The Bin Laden family occupied the second and third floor of the main house in the compound. Bin Laden was killed at the end of the 40 minute raid.

He was described as "living rather comfortably" in the compound.

A "volume of materials were taken from the compound and will be 'exploited

No detainees were taken onboard the helicopter that took Bin Laden's body from the compound. No detainees taken at all.

The Blackhawk helicopter went down at the beginning of the operation.

OBL was not the male combatant who used the female human shield - the individual (either his son or two of the brother couriers held the woman and fired from behind her). Defense officials said in general all of the males used women at the compound in general as human shields. One woman used as a human shield was killed.

Signed order from the President was to "kill or capture" Bin Laden. Bin Laden resisted by US officials would not say how.

No land alternative for burial - in other words "There was no country willing to take him."

The compound was 1 acre in size.

35 mile NE of Islamabad.

Opaque windows to the street.

There were 4 military age males (including Bin Laden and his son) and one woman killed during raid.

Intelligence official on Pak/ US cooperation:

"The intelligence on this compound was shared with no one outside of the U.S. government and in fact only a small group of people inside the US government were aware. The Pakistanis did not know of our interest in the compound, but they did provide us information that helped us develop a clear focus on the compound over time."

The defense official added, "It was a unilateral operation." 

OBL was verbally identified, by name, on the scene by one of his wives.

They also compared photos of him on the scene and they had 95 percent certainty it was him.

There was also DNA analysis completed this morning and they have a virtual 100 percent match based on comparisons to the DNA of family members.