The former Navy SEAL, credited with the murder of Osama Bin Laden, said his commander asked a fellow sniper who was nearly as tall as the 6ft5in Al Qaeda leader to lie down next to his corpse to make sure they were the right man.
Rob O & # 39; Neill, the decorated special troop soldier who shot bin Laden during the attack on his Abottabad, Pakistan connection in May 2011, confirmed on Wednesday the report that was first given on Tuesday by Marine Admiral William McRaven (Ret.) .
During a performance on Fox Business Network on Tuesday McRaven remembered the immediate aftermath of the raid on Bin Laden.
& # 39; The SEAL & # 39; s had come back across the border from Pakistan (to Afghanistan) and I was at a video conference with the president (Barack Obama), & # 39; McRaven said.
Navy SEALs asked a 6ft2in soldier to lie down in their unit next to the corpse of Osama Bin Laden (left) after the May 2011 raid on his Pakistani compound, Rob O & # 39; Neill (right), the SEAL who killed the Al Qaida and killed leader, said
It was the commander of O & # 39; Neill, Navy Admiral William McRaven (Ret.), Who used a long Navy SEAL to confirm Bin Laden's identity
& # 39; The president asked me: & # 39; Are you sure it's Bin Laden? & # 39;
& # 39; I said, "No, sir, I have to personally identify the body."
& # 39; So my command post was only a minute or two away from the airfield. So I drove to the airport.
& # 39; The SEAL & # 39; s just arrived. They took the body bag.
& # 39; I unzipped the body bag and looked at the remains. He clearly didn't look so good.
& # 39; He had taken a few rounds. The beard was slightly shorter than we had expected, but I knew it was around 6ft4in.
& # 39; So I looked around and saw a young SEAL. I said, "Son, how tall are you?"
& # 39; He said, "Well, sir, I'm 6ft2in."
& # 39; "Come here. I want you to lie down. & # 39;
& # 39; At first he had a rather funny look on his face, but he understood quickly and the remains were of course a few centimeters larger.
McRaven said he had then told President Barack Obama about how he was trying to ensure that the SEAL & # 39; s got the right person. Obama then joked to McRaven: & # 39; So let me understand, Bill. We had $ 60 million for a helicopter and you didn't have $ 10 for a tape measure? & # 39;
& # 39; So I went back and told the president that we still had to do some DNA, but I was pretty sure it was Bin Laden.
I said, "Oh, by the way, I had a young SEAL lying next to him and the remains were a few inches longer."
& # 39; And the president says, and again, it was a serious night with serious consequences, but it was a light moment …
& # 39; He said: & # 39; So let me understand this, Bill. We had $ 60 million for a helicopter and you didn't have $ 10 for a tape measure? "
& # 39; It was the right relief at the right time. & # 39;
O & # 39; Neill appeared on Fox Business Network on Wednesday and confirmed the McRaven account.
O & # 39; Neill said he knew immediately that the SEALS found Bin Laden when they stormed the compound. & # 39; I knew for sure that I was going in – I knew for sure when I saw it, & # 39; he said
He said McRaven asked a sniper in the unit to lie down next to Bin Laden's corpse.
& # 39; The tallest man we had was one of our snipers and I think he was 6ft2in and that's why Admiral McRaven asked him to lie next to Bin Laden's body – what he did and that it was part of it & # 39; , said O & # 39; Neill Wednesday. .
& # 39; One of the plates that (President) Obama gave to Admiral McRaven had a tape measure on it. & # 39;
O & # 39; Neill said he knew immediately that the SEALS found Bin Laden when they stormed the compound.
& # 39; I knew for sure that I was going in – I knew for sure when I saw it, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; When I saw him standing on two legs I recognized his nose … his beard was shorter and white.
& # 39; But I didn't hesitate for a moment when I saw him four seconds later that we just got Osama Bin Laden. & # 39;
O & # 39; Neill said that people in the house also confirmed that Bin Laden was there.
& # 39; There was a group of women who found him … and it turned out – especially one woman – to be 100 percent good for about 100 percent of the people inside, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; She was so frustrated and said, "If you want to get a chance on Osama Bin Laden, he is now on the third floor of this house and I don't understand why we're not leaving". & # 39;
Neill noted that Bin Laden's youngest of the four women, Amal Bin Laden, confirmed that the SEAL's assassination murdered her husband.
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