This ought to go over well with the Muslims.
It’s a good thing we didn’t release the photos.
Supporters of Pakistan’s Islamic Lawyer Forum chant anti-American slogans to condemn the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. People were still confused and suspicious on about the killing of Osama bin Laden, which took place in their midst before dawn on Monday. (AP/Mohammad Zubair)
Pakistani officials told reporters that Osama and his colleagues were shot in cold blood. They never fired a shot.
Osama bin Laden and his comrades offered no resistance when killed by U.S. special forces in a Pakistani town, Pakistani security officials said on Thursday.
U.S. accounts of what happened have changed throughout the week, and initial characterizations of a 40-minute gun battle have given way to officials being quoted as saying only one of the five people who were killed had been armed.
The White House has cited the “fog of war” as a reason for initial misinformation on whether bin Laden — who was shot in the head — was armed when U.S. Navy SEALs raided his compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad early on Monday.
Two senior Pakistani security officials, citing their investigation, said there was no firefight because the inhabitants never fired back.
“The people inside the house were unarmed. There was no resistance,” one of the officials said.
“It was cold-blooded,” said the second official when asked if there was any exchange of fire during the operation which, U.S. officials said lasted nearly 40 minutes.
Thanks for the mixed up messaging, Barack.