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Update: White House Says OBL Did NOT Use His Wife As Human Shield

The Blaze originally reported (see below) on a remark made by counterterrorism chief John Brennan that Osama bin Laden used his wife as a human shield during the raid on his compound. Turns out that that story was incorrect.

From Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman killed during the U.S. raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was not his wife and was not used as a human shield by the al Qaeda leader before his death, a U.S. official said on Monday, correcting an earlier description.

John Brennan, President Barack Obama's top counter- terrorism adviser, told reporters earlier that the slain woman had been one of bin Laden's wives and had been used -- perhaps voluntarily -- as a shield during the firefight.

However, a different White House official said that account had turned out not to be the case. Bin Laden's wife was injured but not killed in the assault.


Below is The Blaze's original story:


One of the many things Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan revealed in today's White House press briefing was that Osama bin Laden used his wife as a human shield. Consequently, she died during the firefight:

Also revealed during the briefing was the the U.S. was prepared to take bin Laden alive if he didn't fight back:

Author's note: Earlier today, Glenn's producer Stu joked that many people were going to make the mistake of inserting "Obama" instead of "Osama" and vica versa while reporting on the story. Stu almost did it on radio. Mediaite has chronicled some of those flubs today. Well, folks, I'm guilty. The first headline of this story read "Obama Used His Wife As Human Shield." We quickly recognized the mistake and changed it, but it was there. Stu was right.

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