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U.S. team's mission was to kill bin Laden, not capture
May 2, 2011 / 12:24 PM / 7 years ago

U.S. team's mission was to kill bin Laden, not capture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special forces team that hunted down Osama bin Laden was under orders to kill the al Qaeda mastermind, not capture him, a U.S. national security official told Reuters.

<p>A news ticker displays information on al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death in Pakistan as people attend a spontaneous celebration in New York's Times Square, May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Chip East</p>

“This was a kill operation,” the official said, making clear there was no desire to try to capture bin Laden alive in Pakistan.

Reporting by Mark Hosenball, writing by Matt Spetalnick

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