Osama Bin Laden Dead: U.S. Team's Mission Was To Kill, Not Capture, Official Says

05/02/2011 08:25 am ET | Updated Jul 02, 2011

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.

"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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