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Ex-SEAL details raid on bin Laden hideout

WASHINGTON -- Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette says U.S. Navy commandos raiding Osama bin Laden's Pakistan hideout last year shot him dead instead of capturing him because his arms were hidden and may have been holding weapons.

On CBS' 60 Minutes, Bissonnette says one SEAL fired after seeing a man's head poking into a hallway. Bissonnette says he and another SEAL shot bin Laden again after finding him on his bedroom floor with a bullet in his skull, because bin Laden's hands were hidden.

That's more detail than included in No Easy Day, the newly released book Bissonnette wrote under the pseudonym Mark Owen.

Pentagon officials say bin Laden was only shot after fleeing into his bedroom, and have threatened legal action against Bissonnette for possible releases of classified information.

Mock ad in bad taste

TALLINN, Estonia -- Jewish organizations denounced an Estonian newspaper for publishing a mock ad for weight-loss pills depicting emaciated prisoners at a Nazi concentration camp.

Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem on Sunday called the mock ad in the Eesti Ekspress weekly a "perverted attempt at humour at the expense of the Nazis' millions of victims."

Alla Jakobson, spokeswoman for Estonia's Jewish community, said in newspaper Postimees that the incident shows Estonian society is experiencing "major problems with moral and ethical values."

Sulev Vedler, deputy editor of Eesti Ekspress, says the mock ad, which ran in the paper's humour section, was poking fun at an Estonian gas company that recently used an image of Auschwitz to promote its services.

Vedler says the ad "was not targeted against Jewish people."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 10, 2012 A9

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