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HIGHLIGHTS FROM A BACKGROUND BRIEFING WITH SENIOR US INTELLIGENCE AND DEFENSE OFFICIALS ON THE DEATH OF OSAMA bin LADEN

At 1:10 a.m. Monday preparations were made for OBL’s religious rites to be given onboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea. In accordance with Islamic practice he was washed and wrapped in a white sheet before being buried at sea at 2am Eastern. His body was placed on board a prepared flat board and then “eased into the sea” at 2 am. During the firefight “he did resist” he was…