US U-turns on bin Laden human shield claim

2011-05-03 09:05

Washington - The White House late on Monday rowed back on a claim made earlier that a wife of Osama bin Laden acted as a human shield in an unsuccessful bid to save the al-Qaeda leader's life.

Counter-terrorism official John Brennan had briefed reporters from information that was later updated as more people involved in the operation were interviewed, a senior White House official said.

Bin Laden, who was killed in a raid by US special forces, was with a woman who was wounded, while another woman was also killed in a different part of the house in crossfire, said the official.

The White House is balancing the demand to brief the media quickly while knowing that the fact pattern will get clearer over time, said the official.

Brennan said earlier on Monday that a female at the compound in Pakistan who "was, in fact, in the line of fire that reportedly was used as a shield to shield bin Laden from the incoming fire".

Pressed on reports the woman shot dead by Navy SEALs during a firefight at a compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan was one of bin Laden's four wives, Brennan told the White House briefing: "That's my understanding."

Brennan had said it was not entirely clear "whether or not bin Laden or the son or whatever put her there or she put herself there" or whether the Al-Qaeda chief himself fired rounds during the exchange.

Bin Laden was killed by a bullet to the head and senior US officials said two brothers believed to be his couriers and one of the al-Qaeda chief's adult sons also perished in the raid.

  • Greegs - 2011-05-03 09:15

    Good shooting boys!

      missmazwi - 2011-05-03 12:15

      I don't agree. He should be have been captured instead of executed. Made him stand trial at the Hague and face the world with his misdeeds. Made him confront the families of all the dead victims

      Peter - 2011-05-03 12:56

      missmazwi India learn't the hard way not to jail terrorist or hold them in custody. Terrorists will try to hijack some plane or something and demand the release of who ever is held. Plus the cost of keeping him under high security some one will inevitably try and realse him. Also Bin laden would rather die than be captured by Americans.

  • senkgisha - 2011-05-03 09:18

    ALL CRAP!!!!

      James - 2011-05-03 09:54

      Yip .... Brainwashing the US and all other wankers .....

      rob4e - 2011-05-03 11:20

      I suppose you also believe the moon landings were faked?

      NuttyZA - 2011-05-03 11:37

      rob4e... no, the moon landings were probably real BUT I would bet my magic bullet that Lee Harvey Oswald didn't assassinate JFK (or at the very least, did not do it on his own)...It is difficult to know what to believe, although it really wouldn't surprise me if the Americans WERE responsible for 9/11

      dOpesMokED - 2011-05-03 12:26

      were you there rob??? How do you know for sure????

      GBES - 2011-05-03 12:40

      You must admire the USA attitude: " Dont f*&ck with us ! Don`t you dare !"

      rob4e - 2011-05-03 14:10

      @dOpesMokEd (wtf kind of name it that anyway?) No I wasn't but there and I'm pretty sure you weren't either. Your theory has no evidence, when they landed on the moon a mirror was placed on the surface so that if a laser was pointed at it from earth we would receive a return signal. Plus they now have photos of the lunar lander. But I also suppose you'll say that a.) Laser signal is fake and b.) Picture is photo-shopped. So what it comes down to is that you can't use logic against someone who does not possess logic, much like yourself.

  • Anc13thDisciple - 2011-05-03 09:19

    this is why you always get the facts first before going to the media.... America should have kept the assasination of bin laden a secret for a few days to get all the facts first then go pulic.... lesson learnt i am sure they will follow my advice when they go for the number 2 ziwayiii

      chrismtb007 - 2011-05-03 09:51

      Haha, I have news for you, his death was covered up for almost 7 years now..... just came out at the right time for the US....

      Andrew Stokes - 2011-05-03 09:59

      @Chris... conspiracy theorists will be out in full force... I suppose the guy who was twittering about it was paid to twit? Or maybe the US just spent millions building that compound he was found in, then deploying helicopters and navy seals to blow the heck outta it just so that guy could tweet it as it happened? Seriously dude, get a job and stop all this conspiracy rubbish.

      Umfubi - 2011-05-03 10:13

      The United States is certainly fortunate to have someone of your calibre to advise them.

      chrismtb007 - 2011-05-03 14:05

      @ Andrew, who was talking about conspiracy theorists, there are evidence everywhere, The Times reported it in 2004 that he was dead, and all of a sudden they were withdrawing the statement, The whole story is a huge joke, from the video where Osama apparently confirmed that he was behind 9/11, that was a cover up,to this ... the pictures that was released by American press in the last few days were old pictures, and doctored pictures, you can easily see it was photoshopped. Now you tell me that this is not a cover up, we killed him, but before any tests could be taken to see how long he has been a corpse, he was buried at sea, apparently he was given a Muslim burial... Now I have never heard of a Muslim burried at sea, if I am not mistaken they should be burried in the ground... It is way too easy for the states to say they killed him.. I can also say, I killed bin laden, but through his body into the ocean, this is like school children... No hard evedance meens that it is a lie.. DNA test was done, but the DNA could have been taken years ago. There was no better time for Obama to have "killed" Osama...

      chrismtb007 - 2011-05-03 14:22

      And BTW Andrew, The guy who Twitted, twitted about a US Army operation, not about Bin Laden that is being killed, there are dily US operations happening in Pakistan, Afganistan and the world over, this fairytale stinks!!!

  • The All Seeing Eye - 2011-05-03 09:20

    Better late then never. 10 years since 911 Wow times flys.

  • kolobe - 2011-05-03 09:21

    bush and blair..when are they following the steps of osama for killing more people?

      GBES - 2011-05-03 12:43

      Correct. In my Africa we kill millions ..Rwanda,Kenia;Bulawayo;Uganda;Mozambique;Libya....and more....SO GET OFF YOUR YOUR MORAL HIGH HORSE,my friend.

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 12:57


      Irvine - 2011-05-04 07:59

      @Sharief...."WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE PEOPLE BEING KILLED IN MEXICO"...really??? Please tell me more!

  • kagisopheto - 2011-05-03 09:27

    yay! the war on terror is over!the US has yet again proved its moral high ground by killing those who oppose it. now the US can continue in its crusade to free the inner westerner in all the world population :)HOORAY FOR THE WEST!!

      Stox - 2011-05-03 10:09

      Lol :) Not so fast. Unless there is sarcasm there I didn't pick up, the "war on terror" is FAR from over. This might peeve his terrorist mates a tad and spark off retaliation. Terrorism is like a hydra, chop off one head and another will spring up in its place. But yes, we like the West.

      GBES - 2011-05-03 12:44

      In my Africa we kill millions ..Rwanda,Kenia;Bulawayo;Uganda;Mozambique;Libya....and more,while the so called african leaders are stuck in useless meetings..... GET OFF YOUR YOUR MORAL HIGH HORSE,my friend.

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 13:00

      i want to know who the terrorists were before Osama or Alqeada...surely before 9/11 most people knew nothing about Osama Bin Laden??World war1,who started it or even World war 2,was Osama invloved??

  • Madelane - 2011-05-03 09:29

    The spin doctoring went somewhat over the top? And the spin is being milked for all it is worth.

      Grant - 2011-05-03 12:20

      They forgot to mention that they shot him in the eye, because he had set up an atom-bomb, which could be triggered by his BLINK. Phew - in the nick of time I'd say... Heh heh heh

  • Debra Maseko - 2011-05-03 09:31

    So it begins, backwards and forwarding. We will never know the facts. The more this goes on the more it becomes a "conspiracy theory". Just watch by the end of the month people will ask, is he infact dead?

  • mik - 2011-05-03 09:42

    10 years, trillion dollars +, 2 destroyed countries, 1 000 000 lives +-. For 1 man. Looks like a defeat to me! Where is that blogger called Believer. What do you say about this?

      Kaapie - 2011-05-03 10:16

      And they, Americans , have NEVER won a war yet. The only war that was won by them was the American civil war. Shame with all the technology, hardware, know how/less they still havent succeded at war.

      Nick Tarr - 2011-05-03 10:24

      I guees world war 1, 2 and desert storm just never happened then. Only war they have lost is vietnam?

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-05-03 11:23

      @Nick, Korea never happened?

      bar-one - 2011-05-03 13:19

      The americans do not go into wars to win them , it is a business decision. The corporations weigh up how much money can be made , and how long they can draw it out without attracting negative publicity from their people. The fact that they do no attack civilians ,is another reason the wars drag on . It is purposely used as an excuse. Wake up guys ,all wars are about money . Nothing to do with liberation or freedom. Do you not think, that the rwandans , the congolese and the rest of the countries where mass murder and genocide took place would have been helped if this were not so. We ignorant manipulated mere mortals ,from all religious persuasions and of all ethnicities are subject to the whims of but a few connected monster capitalist gluttons forever increasing their wealth at the expense of the world.

  • Lekker Jan - 2011-05-03 09:43

    Ten years, trillions $, thousands of lives...

  • Shistirrer - 2011-05-03 09:44

    I believe he was hiding in the compound, but the SEALs could not find him. So they sprayed the whole place with Viagra, and the prick stood up.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-03 10:17

      Probably had more balls than you - 2011-05-03 11:57

      LOL. guys what are you stupid, America just killed Bin-Laden like they said they would , they killed Hussien like they said they would. U.S.A take what they want, when they want it, learn to Live with it.Cause nothing will change it. - 2011-05-03 12:03

      Kaapie go blow yourself up , terrorist. America rulz.

  • Dazza - 2011-05-03 09:51

    And the stories start changing.

      James - 2011-05-03 09:56

      Yeah and it will keep on changing .... as it is all bullsh*t to start with ... from WAY back in 9/11 .......

      chrismtb007 - 2011-05-03 14:11

      Yep, it will change over and over, we are talking about the USA here, they will change anything to suit their needs!!! its all about the $$$$$!!!!!!

  • Sorted - 2011-05-03 09:55

    buried at sea?? No body as proof of his death... anyone see anything wrong with this picture?

      Marcell - 2011-05-03 09:57

      Typical american bull?

      Andrew Stokes - 2011-05-03 10:15

      Buried at sea makes sense... If he was buried on land people would go nuts to get to his body, there would be fights over which country should claim the body and there's also the possibility people would make a shrine outta his grave site. That makes sense to me anyway.

      Tshepo - 2011-05-03 10:23


      MJV - 2011-05-03 10:42

      so what you trying to say is a shrine should have been built?

      Andrew Stokes - 2011-05-03 10:48

      MJV, was that comment aimed at me? If so, are you insane? That body got what it deserved, to be fed to the fish! I'm saying that if the body was buried on land people might have fought to get to it so they could do something like build a shrine, there are some crazy nutters out there.

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 13:07

      when questioned about it they said no other country wanted his body-bullshit,Pakistan is a Muslim country and they should ahve taken his body...this whole story has leaks in it..i think Osama Bin Laden never really existed,there,i said it!!!

      suj - 2011-05-03 19:15

      @andrew, why not an unmarked grave then ? so if the so called conspiracy theories go wild they have proof ?

  • Marcell - 2011-05-03 09:55

    Die Yanks lieg so dat hulle al klaar nie meer weet wat die waarheid is nie! Laat mens wonder....wat is die waarheid?

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 13:09

      Hulle lieg so veel dat ons hulle begin gloo...hulle het self 9/11 gereel en nou nodig OBAMA votes...

  • Irené - 2011-05-03 09:56

    Wow they cant even sticks to their own lies- sounds just like the US govt. Please people use some reason, look at the photos and tell me, how can you think that is real. The photo was taken seemingly from a camera phone, its so pixelated, especially around the wound. And check out his mouth, people dont die with such expressions on their face, that mouth was taken from a live Osama, when his beard was still black. God you people only believe what you want to. If Osama is dead, he died years ago. But the US had to take credit, saying that the world most wanted Alqaeda member died of kidney failure just doesnt sound as impressive as getting shot in the head.

      Ingwe - 2011-05-03 10:10

      And you Irene only believe what you want to. Have you seen the actual footage taken from the helmet camera's that the SEAL's were wearing, no. How do you know what actually went on, you are just making assumptions to fit your own theories. Were you there, no. Please provide proof that Bin Laden died years ago you seem to know so much about him.

      Irené - 2011-05-03 10:22

      Ja the US would never lie to the world, To further their own agenda. That would be absurd! Right? Even the Guardian reported today that the photo of dead Osama is a fake (and I respect them more than fox news or CNN)? Im sorry but there are just to many conveniences here. So convenient that they could dump his body in the ocean so no one can ever validate their claims. You know, or send his DNA etc off to an independent lab- instead of the CIA's mobile lab...oh and I am yet to see a coroners report- do you have info on the wherabouts of this info?

      smahlaba - 2011-05-03 10:32

      Stop making up stories now.

      ridgeback60 - 2011-05-03 12:41

      The muslims dye their beards, Irene. Some dye with henna and walk around with bright orange strands of wire, and some dye with the same vegetable dyes used for carpets. In poor light, the henna would look dark. How many corpses have you personally attended to say what expressions people have when they breathe their last? Osama was ready to die in combat. It means he goes straight to heaven's gates instead of wandering around between heaven and earth for 70 years. He sought a hero's death - he got it his style - and was quite happy with that.

      Umfubi - 2011-05-03 13:09

      No point arguing with Irene, guys. She has some very fixed, albeit tortuous, notions. The only sign of hope is that she apparently prefers the Guardian over Fox News - well done, kid!

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 13:10

      Irene,u so right...get yourseld a DVD called FARENHIET 9/11...u will be shocked at what America can do..

      alessandroz067 - 2011-05-03 13:13

      Ridgeback60: Have a look at this... still believe after this?

      chrismtb007 - 2011-05-03 15:48

      @ Allesandro, im glad we are on the same page..... The funniest thing is, all of tehse people on this comment string that stands up for the states, I cant believe that they are so easily fooled.... The US is not in any war for the better of anyone else but themselves... This is a horrible fairytale that people all over the world believe.. Wake up peeps, the US is taking over your lives, and you defend them!!!

  • - 2011-05-03 10:04

    He is not dead, if they had actually killed him they would have taken his body to the US. Instead it is supposedly chucked into the sea?!

      MJV - 2011-05-03 10:44

      have you ever heard of an un-marked grave??? - 2011-05-03 11:18

      Ofcourse, but why do that with this guy? The US would know the world would want proof, yet they are not giving any...

      Megamind - 2011-05-03 11:58

      Where is Hitler's body....? Same reasoning - 2011-05-03 12:45

      Good point, with Hitler did you know his actual body was never found. If my memory serves me right, when his grave was examined it was a woman's skull in it.

      GBES - 2011-05-03 12:47

      Oh no..your are all wrong.They made a stew out of his body.Here is the recipre" One bullet in the head+sea water+garlic/ginger+.

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 13:15

      HA HA...thy think everyone is idiots,there are only a few idiots who will belive their crap..shame on those few idiots on this the history between THE BUSH FAMILY(ARMS COMPANY) & BIN LADEN FAMILY(OIL COMPANY).

  • Jeff - 2011-05-03 10:10

    About two/three years ago the same USA had claimed top have killed Usamabin Ladin, the more information comes to light things are not adding up, is this a propaganda!!

  • alessandroz067 - 2011-05-03 10:21

    Hmmmm... many versions of the story with a photoshopped picture and no body. Yeah, USA are are brilliant.

      Irené - 2011-05-03 10:24

      But the US knows the greatest truth of all- people are stupid, and will remain so.

      alessandroz067 - 2011-05-03 10:33

      "It was the biggest national security victory for U.S. President Barack Obama since he took office in early 2009 and will make it difficult for Republicans to portray Democrats as weak on security as he seeks re-election in 2012." - Natal Witness Interesting hey... Obama's popularity among the fickle masses (trailor trash = 80% of USA) dropped drastically and he needed something like this to pick it up. Funny how the images of 9/11 were played over and over but USA can't realese a real pic of the dead body? hmmm...

      Umfubi - 2011-05-03 17:15

      My God, but you're an a***hole.

  • Deon - 2011-05-03 10:25

    This thing is too big to fake. It would be like faking landing on the moon.LOL. The risk for Obama would be 100x Watergate. He would not fake this thing,and would have made very sure this is real.Better than Bush and Blair and the Central Lack of Intelligence Agency ( al la Mr. Focker)with regards to their reports on Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Everyone would want it and the whole Muslim world would have been up in arms. Already the Muslim Judical Council is moaning and protesting that Osama's human rights were infringed upon for some rite or something that was not performed. What human rights does he have???? F... him and all who moans about this. He was a cowardly cold-blooded killer. If he is seen as a true Muslim by this Muslim Judical Council, I am worried. If he were a Christian I would not afford him any Christian rights. Just keep in mind, he may be in the afterlife now with his 70 odd virgins (I am sure Zuma is going to convert to Islam as soos as he hears about THIS afterlife). However, Susan Boyle is also a virgin. Watch out what you wish for, you may just end up with her.

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 13:21

      You just wasted some valuable time talking a load of matter what a person does on this Earth he is still human and still has rights to a decent funeral,at the end of the day GOD WILL JUDGE EVERYBODY FAIRLY AND HAND OUT PUNISHMENT my man,ur brain is filled with rotten cockroaches to come up with ur sad story,geee whizzz,did u read ur comment before posting!!

  • James - 2011-05-03 10:25

    what a farce !!! USAma is DEAD ?! The man was never alive !!! fictional character created to divert attention in seeking commodities in these highly densed countries in the middle east and now north africa !!

      alessandroz067 - 2011-05-03 10:33

      Well said James... right on the oil, i mean money!

      Nick Tarr - 2011-05-03 10:45

      Lol how can he be fictional when his family exists as do a whole bunch of videotapes with him in them? Conspiracy nuts are grasping at straws now...

      alessandroz067 - 2011-05-03 10:50

      @Nick: Google Tim Osman... Also, Bin Laden worked/works for the usa. He made video tapes on their demand. Is there any proof that he was responsible for 9/11 other than that the media has dished out? wake up dude...

      Ingwe - 2011-05-03 11:35

      Alessandroz please provide proof that Bin Laden "made video tapes on their demand" That is a wild statement that I would like you back up with proof.

      JustinD - 2011-05-03 11:40

      You sound like a tikkop

      alessandroz067 - 2011-05-03 11:43

      @Ingwe: Wait, i have that proof in my jacket pocket... oh no, it got stolen by an american navy seal last month when i was on vacation in Australia. These guys are too

      GBES - 2011-05-03 12:48

      Exactly James, MALEMA is not alive...he is a zombie.

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 13:24

      Couldn't have said it better James...before 9/11 Osama was unknown,wait a minute,lets rewind to the day of 9/11...HOW COULD PLAINS NOT BE DETECTED BY THE MOST POWERFULL MILITARY IN THE WORLD,HOW COME CONVINIENTLY TEH PENTAGON WAS NOT DESTROYED...OIL,OIL,OIL...

  • Valis - 2011-05-03 10:30

    "The White House is balancing the demand to brief the media quickly while knowing that the fact pattern will get clearer over time, said the official." Let's rephrase that in clear English; "We're still trying to figure out what lies to tell".

  • mark.molema80 - 2011-05-03 10:37

    The SEALS sure put a cap in his ass!!! Nice shooting Tex!

      alessandroz067 - 2011-05-03 10:41

      another idiot

  • Kim - 2011-05-03 10:40

    There's something really fishy with this whole story. Every time the Amercian economy struggles a bit, the US declare some form of war and the Dollar has been battling for some time. What does not make sense to me in this whole thing (besides the fact that they cannot get their facts straight), why did they dispose of the body so quickly. Surey if Bin Laden was such a wanted man, it would have made more sense to rather keep the body for a day or two to prove to everyone that he is now dead!!!! This whole story smells like a set-up to me!! Disposing of the body so quickly, there is no evidence of anything except that there was a raid on a compound and people died.

      GBES - 2011-05-03 12:50

      We cut off his ears man ! We cannot show that on TV ! R u crazy !In any case, the salty seawater will keep him fresh longer.

  • Rugbysemoer - 2011-05-03 11:04

    What a load of Bullshit, nothing the Obama administration says or does can be believed. They clearly have something up their sleave. Misdirection that's what it is, politicians lie, cheat and deceive and then they commit others to die for their bullshit. Bin laden was a manufactured lie in order push forward the American policy on Terror which violates all human rights laws.

      JustinD - 2011-05-03 11:56

      You sound like you need to be booked into a room with padded walls. You are nuts pal!!!

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 13:32

      YES,SO RIGHT...and co-incidentaly they have a picture of Obama and his cronies sitting and watching the raid happening,if they can show us that pictures surely they have pictures taken at the scene..before 9/11 the economy was slumping,good idea to take out the TWIN TOWERS I SAY,now Obama's popularity is going down so what he does,CAPTURE OSAMA,10 YEARS IN HIDDING ALL OF A SUDDEN HE GETS CAUGHT,just dont make any sense to me!!

  • Rose - 2011-05-03 11:17

    Its good that america followed him for few years without mentioning anything, GOOD JOB GUYS.

      Irené - 2011-05-03 11:35

      if only it wasnt all a lie. Damn, you people are gullible.

  • Rose - 2011-05-03 11:21

    Its good that America followed Ossama for several years without mentioning anything, Bravo to the americans and to the people who were affected by the tragedy caused by Ossama, finally they will find a closure.

      alessandroz067 - 2011-05-03 12:09

      stupid rose

      GBES - 2011-05-03 12:54

      Thx Rose,for understanding why I sent my soldiers to blow this guy up. He killed thousands of innocent people,and not only USA citizens,but even africans. Obama.

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 13:35


  • Robot One - 2011-05-03 11:52

    This whole story is fishy! First they have conflicting stories about how he died, they are still interviewing the people that was there that "killed" him trying to paint a picture of what really happened, yet they already have his dna results and he is buried at sea with funeral etc??????

  • 2sense - 2011-05-03 12:24

    I killed Hosni Mubarak yesterday, and buried his body in the sea. I have got no pictures, no videos, no proof whatsoever. Just take my word for it...... Only a total fool will believe the rubbish that pours out of the US.

      GBES - 2011-05-03 12:52

      Uhum pssst, look over your shoulder...I am Obama is disguise..see that guy in the dress there selling samoosas ( 3 for 5 rands)..yep that`s me you gullible Yankeeeee.

      Sharief - 2011-05-03 13:52

      2sense,what happend to Libya???Did NATO not go into Libya to sort out the problem...up to today their are still problems,almost a mnth later

  • Yusuf - 2011-05-03 12:34

    Ja ne it vat tien jaar om die ou te kry met al aai spy planes American, British, French , Australians en Pakistani soldare en wiet wat nog. Tien jaar nie a body nie niks nie ek wonner het die ou regtig exist

  • Talita - 2011-05-03 13:38

    Mmmmm they forgot to take pictures of Bin Laden dead, makes me wonder how can you forget such an important part of this mission instead they hurry by the beach to bury him. I smell a rat here

  • Alex Millne - 2011-05-03 13:44

    Oh my gosh!!!!! Thats awful news! :( My heart goes out to the bin Laden Family! May he rest in peace! I feel for Osama bin Laden. He was just a confused man and he is also just human. I think that's terrible how he died :*( I pray that he'll find some peace. He had a hard life and at least now he can rest in the Lords arms.....God bless, R.I.P OSAMA BIN LADEN. :*( :*( xxxx xxx xxx KISS'S

  • Sherlock Holmes - 2011-05-03 15:05

    And the bullies struck again......

  • Alex Millne - 2011-05-03 19:05

    Just because I'm a Christian doesn't mean that I hate Muslims. In a way I can understand OSAMA BIN LADIN,.. I can understand the passion he had for his religion, he loved his religion so much that he even shed blood for his religion. That is a LOVE THAT NO ONE HERE CAN EVER IMAGINE to get close to. Although I differ, because I am a Christian, I do wish I had the courage to LIVE my faith out as STRONGLY AS HE LIVED HIS!!! A true Role-Model, that would do anything for his beliefs. He inspired so many, but at the same time he has caused so much suffering :*( But I forgive him because I know he is a beautiful loving soul. May jesus wash him in the name of god. You will always be in my thoughts, R.I.P OSAMA BIN LADIN !!!!!!

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