Osama bin Laden was well aware American forces had come for him the night he heard the commotion outside his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan on May 1, 2011, and the terror leader went for his gun to fight back, according to a new account of the raid given to Pakistani investigators.
"The Shaikh [Bin Laden] said American helicopters had arrived and they [his family] should leave his room immediately. They were unwilling to do so… The Shaikh reached for his weapon," says Pakistan's Abbottabad Commission report, published today by Al Jazeera.
According to Al Jazeera and the Abbottabad Commission report, bin Laden was in bed with his youngest wife, Amal, when the couple first heard what they thought was a storm shortly after midnight. Amal went to turn on the light, but bin Laden yelled "No!" and quickly realized American forces had come to get him. He yelled to his son, Khalid, and later Amal and two of bin Laden's daughters recited verses from the Koran. Khalid would later be killed by the SEALs.
Then bin Laden and his family heard people coming towards them, both from above and below, and Amal saw "an American soldier on the landing outside the bedroom aiming his weapon at the Shaikh," the Commission report says, citing Amal's version of events. Amal rushed the soldier, the soldier yelled, "No! No!" and then shot her in the leg. The next thing Amal knew, bin Laden was on the ground and bleeding from the head.
Clearly he had time to think about it. Seems he let his daughters get started with the Koran reading whereas he was the one whose time was up.