WH says US was prepared to take bin Laden alive

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Posted: May 02, 2011 2:14 PM
WH says US was prepared to take bin Laden alive

The White House counterterrorism adviser says that the U.S. forces who killed Osama bin Laden would have taken him alive if they had the opportunity.

Adviser John Brennan said that the White House thought bin Laden would resist but that there was a "remote" possibility he could be captured alive. Brennan told reporters at the White House Monday that the contingency was prepared for.

Brennan said that it only would have happened if bin Laden didn't pose any threat to the Americans sent to take him out. Since he fought back, he was killed.