Chuck Pfarrer was a commander in the elite US Navy Seal Team Six whose members killed the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, in a mission this past May. Now, a new book authored by Pfarrer is set to spark some controversy as it is contradiction with several points of the original account of the raid in Abbottabad.
Pfarrer's book differs from the official details in that he claims bin Laden was killed within 90 seconds of the raid, not after a 45-minute firefight. Pfarrer also writes that one of the Black Hawk Helicopters crashed not while trying to initially land, but rather after depositing SEALs on the roof of the building. The Telegraph writes of Pfarrer's book:
"'Only minutes after bin Laden was dead did the lead helicopter, heading for a landing spot, lose altitude and sink, tail-first, into the large walled enclosure east of the main house.' Pfarrer explains that if the SEALs had been forced to climb stairs to reach bin Laden, as has been officially claimed, he would have had enough warning to arm and effectively defend himself.
'Bin Laden was dead within 90 seconds of the beginning of the raid, not after an extended firefight,' Pfrarrer said. 'Four suppressed rounds were fired.'"
Pfarrer bases his account in "SEAL Target Geronimo" on face-to-face interviews he claims to have had with several men involved in the raid. The book has created controversy, as CNN writes that a U.S. official told the network that every member of the Navy SEAL team on the raid has been questioned by superiors about whether they spoke to Pfarrer.
Pfarrer adds that Amal bin Laden, the al-Qaeda chief's youngest wife, was wounded in the calf during the second round of fire, as she was shoved her in the way of the shooters, writes the Telegraph.
"The book also argues that bin Laden's long-time deputy, Ayman Zawahiri, may have been ultimately responsible for leading the US to his boss because he repeatedly sent a courier, whose cover he must have known had already been blown, in and out of the compound."
Pfarrer also said that there was no utterance of "For God and country" when they shot bin Laden in the head and heart, also contrary to other reports.
The book was due to be released later this month, but has been delayed for several weeks while being cleared by government officials. The Telegraph writes that its British edition is being revised due to concerns that individuals named may sue the author for libel. CNN notes that Pfarrer said he engaged in 'dramatic reconstruction" of some events in the book where he directly quoted top officials involved in the attack, by giving them false names in order to protect their identity.