New bin Laden book unveils why photos of his body were never released

Jose Jimenez/Getty Images |

advertisement

Osama bin Laden

Amazon

“The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior” is the latest book to dive into the details of the night in 2011 that Osama bin Laden was killed inside of his compound in Pakistan. In the book, SEAL team operator Robert O’Neill explains the reason photos of bin Laden never surfaced was because the kill shots split the terrorist’s head open into a V shape. Other SEALs then allegedly took turns filling bin Laden’s head and body with even more bullets.


Buy “The Operator” now

Other projects

Amazon

With so much of the exact information surrounding the death and disposal of bin Laden only being known by a select few, it should come as no surprise that “The Operator” is just one of many projects over the years that have focused on the subject. In 2012, Mark Bowden, known as “the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces,” published “The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden.”


Buy it now

‘No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden’

Amazon

Another New York Times best-selling account came out in 2012. “From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group—known as SEAL Team Six—has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines,” the description for “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden” says.


Buy it now

‘The Hunt for Bin Laden’

Amazon

The story has also been the subject of documentaries as well as Hollywood films. “Witness the 20-year, billion-dollar hunt for the Al-Qaeda leader, as told by the main players who finally brought him down,” the description for the Smithsonian Channel’s “The Hunt for Bin Laden” says. The film has a 4.5 out of five stars rating on Amazon.


Buy it now

‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Amazon

Another film about the manhunt for bin Laden, though this time with some liberties allowed for Hollywood, “Zero Dark Thirty” was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and stars Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler and James Gandolfini.


Buy it now

‘The Killing of Osama bin Laden’

Amazon

Seymour M. Hersh’s “The Killing of Osama bin Laden” asserts that bin Laden’s death “did much to boost President Obama’s first term and played a major part in his reelection victory of the following year. But much of the story of that night, as presented to the world, was incomplete, or a lie. The evidence of what actually went on remains hidden.”


Buy it now

‘Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad’

Amazon

“Half a world away, [Peter] Bergen takes us inside the Situation Room, where President Obama considers the courses of action presented by his war council and receives conflicting advice from his top advisors before deciding to risk the raid that would change history--and then inside the Joint Special Ops Command, whose ‘secret warriors,’ the SEALs, would execute Operation Neptune Spear,” the summary for “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad” reads.


Buy it now

‘Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001’

Amazon

Steve Coll’s “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001” sets out to answer one question: “To what extent did America’s best intelligence analysts grasp the rising threat of Islamist radicalism?”


Buy it now

‘The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight’

Amazon

“Investigative journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy gained unique access to Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, and they recount the flight of Al Qaeda’s forces and bin Laden’s innocent family members, the gradual formation of ISIS by bin Laden’s lieutenants, and bin Laden’s rising paranoia and eroding control over his organization,” the beginning of the description of “The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight” says.


Buy it now

‘Growing Up bin Laden: Osama’s Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World’

Amazon

Another look inside the lives of bin Laden’s family members, “Growing Up bin Laden: Osama’s Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World” by Jean Sasson gives an unprecedented look into what it was like to be Najwa bin Laden and Omar bin Laden during times of extreme danger and uncertainty.


Buy it now

Network Promotions features things that readers might like. The network has affiliate partnerships, meaning we may get a split of the earnings from a purchase.

advertisement


advertisement

advertisement