It turns out that only one person, Osama bin Laden’s trusted courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, exchanged fire with the Navy SEAL team raiding bin Laden’s compound early Monday morning. Al-Kuwaiti was killed early on in the engagement and those were the last shots fired from bin Laden’s side of the firefight.
The new facts are yet another contradiction to the early accounts of the assault provided by White House officials. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that the U.S. team members “were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation.”
The White House made a valiant effort to provide as much information as possible to the press in the hours after the operation. My guess is they’ll do a bit more fact checking first next time.