How Osama Bin Laden Was Buried – US Navy

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Internal
military emails obtained by some foreign media have provided more details on
how Al-Qaeda leader was killed by Navy SEALS in 2011.
The
emails obtained via the Freedom of Information Act were released during the
week by the United States (US) Defence Department.
The
emails revealed that no soldiers aboard the USS Carl Vinson saw the body of Bin
Laden, with only a few members of the ship’s senior officers’ crew witnessing
the burial.

An
email from a naval officer disclosed that Bin Laden’s body was washed and
wrapped in a white sheet, keeping with Islamic traditions.  The body was
then placed in a weighted bag.
“Traditional
procedures for Islamic burial were followed.
“The
deceased’s body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was
placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks,
which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were
completed, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon
the deceased’s body slid into the sea,” Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette said.
The
burial was conducted with top secrecy and in emails, senior officers never
referred to bin Laden by name, instead referencing him as “the package” and his
handlers as “Fedex.”
Before
the body was delivered to the Carl Vinson, an email from Gaouette, which
reports identified as the deputy commander of the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet at the
time, asked Rear Admiral Samuel Perez, commander of the Vinson’s carrier strike
group if there was “any news on the package.”
Source:
Leadership

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