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Let's take you now to Jennifer Griffin at the Pentagon she has some information on how they were able to track this guy down after so many years Jennifer.
Well John what's also interesting what we've seen from the photograph -- now seeing the photographs of Osama bin Laden.
In the photograph he is dead it is clear that there was a bullet shot right above his in his forehead.
The US navy feels too carried out the operation.
The US military is now.
In possession of Osama bin Laden's body and that raises questions about what will they do with that body as senior US official now tells us that they planned to bury.
With some of -- Laden's body.
By 4 PM tomorrow.
This is in accordance with Muslim tradition they will provide all the rituals that go along with the Muslim burial as you know.
Within 24 hours and by sundown tomorrow.
That then a body needs to be buried.
We're being told though the question is where to bury the body and we're being told by US officials they do not want to create a shrine to bin Laden that would suggest that they do not want to bury him in the ground I could suggest according this to this official.
A possible burial at -- I'm also told from another official that the saudis may be offered.
An opportunity to to have the body handed over to them after all he was a citizen of Saudi Arabia it's not clear whether the saudis would accept that.
But it's possible that that could be done as they -- sort of pro forma.
Offer but again you should be looking for a burial by 4 PM tomorrow by sundown tomorrow.
And that barrel we're told could possibly take place at C we have new details about the raid itself -- with it took place.
It was launched we're told from Afghanistan.
From a base in Afghanistan.
There -- it with a squadron of US Navy SEALs that took part -- it.
That is about forty Navy SEALs were told about half of them about 24.
Landed on the ground and entered the compound were told that they offered him a chance to surrender but they didn't waste much time they didn't give.
-- much time and that's when the shooting began there was lots of shooting we're told.
No US service members were injured in in the firefight then ensued one of the four US helicopters that flew.
In the raid.
Had mechanical difficulties were told by a US military officials that helicopter had to make a hard landing and we're told that it was.
Destroyed -- at the point of contact it was just destroyed by the the others involved in the mission.
We -- also told the Navy SEALs were practicing for over a week.
They knew about this mission for a week and they had been practicing for the -- until given -- orders.
And we also understands that the that.
Again the pakistanis were not alerted to this.
Mission before it took place it was a tightly held secret within the intelligence community even though the president said that the pakistanis had been helpful.
In developing intelligence that led to the raid.
Sources that we have in the Intel community say.
Then in fact it would have been a tightly held secret and that's why the mission would have been launched from a base in Afghanistan John.
And again back to.
This issue of where he will be buried there may be.
Overtures made -- saudis he is a Saudi national originally some other countries perhaps but as you point out.
The Defense Department the administration is very concerned that if you give him to a country like Afghanistan or.
The somebody builds -- Taj -- all kind of thing in memory of Osama bin Laden and it becomes a focal point for those who hate America in the Muslim world.
It would be a focal point -- it could BS site of pilgrimage that's why we're being told it is being considered at this moment.
Tonight whether to bury the body at sea and that could be a reasonable solution.
They will approach again they're going to -- follow Muslim tradition they're going to be very respectful of Muslim tradition they will bury the body within 24 hours by sundown tomorrow.
They will wash the body -- will wrap that in a white cloth as is tradition.
But we're told.
I would not be surprised if if Osama bin Laden's body is buried at -- you know -- would not surprise me either I'm sure that the people in that building where you are right now the Pentagon.
RO walking a little livelier this -- Well we certainly have had conversations with people across.
This city in other cities.
And -- the Intel community that.
The military this was a US special operations force.
Mission he was carried out by US Navy SEALs this is a proud moment for the US military and for that special operations community.
They carried out it was happen.
-- near flawless mission where we're told.
But again -- order was given today the raid took place today but they had been practicing we're told for over a week.
-- Jennifer Griffin at the Pentagon Jennifer thank you very much just a personal note I got a call from my son tonight who is a first -- a senior at West Point he says.
This is the happy -- university in America right now and normally this time a year when they're getting ready for finals.
It's not a very happy place but the news that Osama bin Laden is dead.
Has rocked of the world the military in this country and there are a great many.
Hundreds of thousands of military men and women who are celebrating just like those folks outside the White House that you see right there.
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