Poll: Do you want to see death photos of Osama bin Laden?
Poll: Should the US government release death photos of Osama bin Laden?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was confronted by U.S. commandos at his Pakistani hideout, the White House said Tuesday as new details emerged about the audacious raid that killed the world's most-wanted terrorist.
The White House said it was considering whether to release photos of bin Laden after he was killed, but that the photos were "gruesome" and could be inflammatory.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said the White House is mulling whether to make the photo public, but he said officials are concerned about the "sensitivity" of doing so. Carney said there is a discussion internally about the most appropriate way to handle but "there is not some roiling debate here about this."
Asked if President Barack Obama is involved in the photo discussion, Carney said the president is involved in every aspect of this issue.
Other details about the operation that resulted in bin Laden's death emerged on Tuesday.
One of bin Laden's wives tried to rush the U.S. assaulters and was shot in the leg.
High temperatures caused a lumbering helicopter carrying elite commandos to make a hard landing.
As Navy SEALs swept through the massive compound, they handcuffed those they encountered with plastic zip ties and pressed on in pursuit of their target, code-named Geronimo.
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