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Monday, May 2, 2011

Let's Learn How Osama bin Laden Body Was Identified

Immediately following the raid, the body believed to be bin Laden's was taken to Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Osama Bin LadenABC News, the Associated Press and The New York Times have reported that bin Laden's body was identified by DNA testing, using tissue and blood samples taken from his sister who died of brain cancer. Reuters reported, however, that DNA test results will be available in the next few days and that bin Laden's body was identified using facial recognition techniques. One of bin Laden's wives identified the body. ABC News stated, "Two samples were taken from bin Laden: one of these DNA samples was analyzed, and information was sent electronically back to Washington, D.C., from Bagram. Someone else from Afghanistan is physically bringing back a sample."

A wife of bin Laden also apparently called him by name during the raid, inadvertently assisting in his identification by U.S. armed forces on the ground.

According to ABC News, additional identification methods included measurement of the body, both the corpse and bin Laden were 6'4" (1.93 meters) tall; facial recognition software (a photograph transmitted by the SEALs to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. yielded a 90 to 95 percent likely match), and two women from the compound identifying bin Laden's body after death.

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