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Osama Bin Laden Pictures: Where Republicans Stand On Decision Not To Release Images (PHOTOS)

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News broke on Wednesday that the Obama administration will not release pictures of Osama bin Laden’s body as evidence of his death.

HuffPost's Jen Bendery reports:

Obama announced his decision on the matter during an interview with “60 Minutes” set to air Sunday.

Top U.S. intelligence officials have been increasingly divided over the benefits of releasing photos as proof that the al Qaeda leader was killed Sunday during a U.S. raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

"There's no doubt we killed Osama bin Laden," explains President Barack Obama in the interview. "There's no need to spike the football."

The AP reports:

Photos taken by the Navy SEAL raiders show bin Laden shot in the head, numerous officials have said. CIA Director Leon Panetta said Tuesday he expected at least one photo to be released. Asked about that, Carney said the decision had not been made at that time.

But Carney also said the president never doubted his position on not releasing the photos.

The president cites a possible national security risk in explaining his decision to withhold the images. "It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence," he says.

Some big names within the Republican community have expressed agreement with the president's position on the matter. Others have signaled a different stance.

Below, a slideshow highlighting where some notable GOP faces stand on the issue:

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