US dismisses claim of Osama's death within 90 seconds of raid
The US on Monday dismissed a claim by by a former American elite commando that al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed in the first 90 seconds of the covert May 2 operation in Pakistan.world Updated: Nov 07, 2011 23:42 IST
The US on Monday dismissed a claim by by a former American elite commando that al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed in the first 90 seconds of the covert May 2 operation in Pakistan.
"Those facts are incorrect," Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters while responding to a question on the latest book by Chuck Pfarrer, a former Navy Seal turned novelist and screenwriter, claiming that bin Laden was killed by the US forces in the first 90 seconds of the operation.
"Neither (of the two helicopters) landed on the roof of the compound (in Abbottabad, as claimed by the Pfarrer.) As all know, one helicopter had a bad landing and the other ended outside the walls of the compound on the ground,” he said during an off camera briefing here.
"It took more than 90 seconds to break through the walls of the compound and it took several minutes to find and kill bin Laden. It was not 90 seconds," said Little, who was the spokesperson of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) when the operation to kill the top terrorist took place.
The book, "SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to kill Osama bin Laden," is scheduled for release this week.
Meanwhile, the US military also denied that any members of the elite group of commandos that killed bin Laden ever spoke to the author of the book.
Every member of the Navy SEAL team on the raid has been questioned by superiors about whether they spoke to author Pfarrer, a former Navy SEAL, about the mission in violation of orders, a US official told CNN.
The official, who has direct knowledge of the questioning, told CNN that the Navy SEALs all denied speaking with Pfarrer, the news channel said.
First Published: Nov 07, 2011 23:41 IST