Three of the graphic images depict the bloodied bullet-ridden bodies of menwho perished in the high stakes U.S. Navy SEAL mission. None of the men in the photos are identified--but since bin Laden himself was the only other man killed in the raid, the images, if authentic,are of the other three fatalities: bin Laden's son, the al Qaeda courier whom U.S. authorities tracked to the compound, and the brother of the courier.
The photos surfaced as President Obamaannounced his decision not to release the photos of bin Laden's corpse in the possession of U.S. authorities. If the photos of bin Laden are anywhere near so graphic, it's easy to see why Obama and hisadvisers have been wrestling with the suitability of their release.
Other Reuters images show the wreckage of the malfunctioning U.S. helicopter destroyed during the raid. Some other shots provide acloseup of the grounds surrounding the heavily fortified home.
"Reuters is confident of the authenticity of the ... images because details in the photos appear to show a wrecked helicopter from theassault, matching details from photos taken independently on Monday," wrote Adrees Latif in an accompanying report.
The photos are the most lurid evidence yet to emerge from Sunday's shoot-out. Overthe past two days, White House officials have been briefing reporters on and off the record about what transpired inside the compound, but their accounts have been inconsistent, leading to skepticismand confusion over the true course of events.
The foreign press corps in Pakistan, meanwhile, has been reporting in and around the compound, which is located in a wealthy town called Abbotobad...