Leaked dead Osama bin Laden photo or not?

Is this photo purporting to show a dead dead Osama bin Laden a fake or real photo of the Saudi-born businessman and the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden?

Late on the evening of Tuesday, May 3, 2011, image No1 was posted on LiveLeak purporting to be a leaked US administration photo of a dead Osama bin Laden being cradled in the hands of a US special forces soldier. The photo ran with the caveat: “Note: Liveleak cannot confirm the authenticity of this Osama Bin Laden dead picture”

Internet observers quickly pointed out that reports from the White House had previously stated that Osama bin Laden had been killed by a single gunshot wound to the left eye, and Photo #1 clearly shows a wound above the right eye.

When the image purporting to be that of the dead Osama bin Laden is flipped horizontal nothing immediately looks out of the ordinary.

Photo purporting to be a leaked photo of a dead Osama bin Laden
Photo purporting to be a leaked photo of a dead Osama bin Laden but clearly showing a wound on the right side of the victims head
Photo purporting to be a leaked photo of a dead Osama bin Laden #2
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Photo purporting to be a leaked photo of a dead Osama bin Laden #3
Photo purporting to be a leaked photo of a dead Osama bin Laden #3, but with the green “night vision” coloring removed
Photo purporting to be a leaked photo of a dead Osama bin Laden #4
Photo purporting to be a leaked photo of a dead Osama bin Laden #4 – slight manipulation of brightness & contrast and enlargment

As some web commentators stated, one would expect better quality photos coming from the killing of Osama bin Laden. No doubt if he was still alive, Walter Cronkite would have been on the lead chopper.

Knowing that the White House watched the killing of Osama bin Laden live it is reasonable to suspect that any leaked image is likely at this early stage to be from the video feed. Stripping out the green “night vision” look produces Photo #3.

Photo #4 purporting to be that of a dead Osama bin Laden has had some minor enhancements to brightness, contrast and been increased in size marginally.

What do you think? Is this dead Osama bin Laden photo fake or real?

Footnote: Early on the morning of Tuesday, May 4, 2011 the US CIA issued a warning to people not to open eMails purporting to contain attached photos of Osama bin Laden dead as such eMails contain a computer virus.

Latest media reports on the killing of Saudi-born businessman and most wanted terrorist (or freedom fighter) Osama bin Laden

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US admits bin Laden unarmed when shot
It has emerged Osama bin Laden was not armed when he was shot dead by US commandos at his compound in Pakistan. Bin Laden was shot above his left eye, reportedly blowing away a section of his skull.


Backlash at Bin Laden ‘Execution’
West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt called the raid “clearly a violation of international law.” He said it could have incalculable consequences in the Arab world at a time of unrest.


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136 Responses to "Leaked dead Osama bin Laden photo or not?"

  1. Dennis   January 19, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Backlash at Bin Laden ‘Execution’
    West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt called the raid “clearly a violation of international law.” He said it could have incalculable consequences in the Arab world at a time of unrest.

    This is the most asinine comment. And after seeing this, fuck this West German Chancellor. Bin laden and his counterparts showed NO MERCY to the 3000+ people that were murdered because of this scumbag. No mercy should of been shown to him or any terrorists for that matter. Killing 3000+ men, women, children; ruined lives forever and this SOB had to pay. There are still terrorists running freely across the world, right here in our own home soil; unchecked, unchallenged and ready to kill at will and all necessary measures should be taken to stop terrorists no matter what and no matter where there are at. The SEAL TEAM 6 our hero’s!! God Bless the USA, GOD BLESS our military! They deserve medals of honor. May those poor souls from 911 find some peace. And let it never be forgotten.

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  2. Mike   November 12, 2012 at 3:14 am

    It would appear as if the initial photo is actually the flipped one, soldiers wear a reverse oriented flag on their right arm.

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    • Brandon   August 30, 2014 at 4:30 am

      Soldiers do wear reversed flag patches. Look it up.

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  3. Ben waterman   September 18, 2012 at 1:53 am

    This is not OSAMA!

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  4. Tim Weaver   September 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The government has a responsibility to the US public to release incontrovertible proof that bin Laden is dead. http://notsosubtle.org/2012/09/10/911-11-years-later/

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  5. ukforces   July 21, 2012 at 12:14 am

    he isn’t dead and i believe he isn’t lets look at this in perspective Saddam was caught he face was all over tv ok he was found in a hole still he was all over tv, he was handed over and hung this was recorded and leaked all over the net and i didn’t see it banned anywhere a few day after Saddam was hung it was all over tv the picture of him with the noose around his neck…. laden where was anything apart from Obama standing on a podium announcing his death!! they threw him at sea??? why???? when you have caught a big fish like him you would publicise it to put the world at rest, why do i believe they lied? well everyone believes he was the heart of terrorism and that he controlled it, you take his face away and people feel at ease and remember what Obama said when he stepped up to president? i will do what no other president has done i will take out Bin Laden. this is my theory.

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  6. sk   March 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    But there is another leaked photo without beard

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  7. J   September 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I know this is fake, because its a shopped clip from the movie black hawk down, I’ve seen that movie enough times, and I just watched it again for proof…

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  8. Bin Laden is dead   July 21, 2011 at 1:42 am

    The first pic would be correct if indeed it is authentic The U.S. flag does go on the left arm. I highly doubt the Seals would be wrong in which side of the head they shot. I think it’s photoshopped but Osma is dead. I see all these conspiracy theorists chiming in like idiots. The same idiots who thought 911 was a conspiracy.

    Intelligence is inversely proportional to the number of conspiracy theories a person believes

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    • american   July 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

      How can you be so dumb to say that the ones saying osama bin laden wasnt killed are the same as the 911conspiracy believers. This picture is so fake anyways. I think Osama is dead but you don’t know ANYTHING so don’t SAY that others are wrong because you are not in anyway a person to say that someone else is wrong. If you where the person who shot him then fine.

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  9. Anon   June 8, 2011 at 3:54 am

    101INFSCT Obviously you have no clue what your talking about. Yes I agree they are Mirror Images of each other. They are FAKE. And how can I prove it? NAVY SEALS wear their flag patch on their Left Shoulder not their right as it is shown in the picture you claim to be real. Right shoulder Patches are reserved for Rank Insignias and Company numbers. So before you claim something is real or not make sure you have a clue what your talking about.

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    • Bob Jenson   November 28, 2011 at 5:41 am

      When approved for wear, the full-color U.S. flag cloth replica is sewn 1/2 inch below the right shoulder seam of the temperate, hot-weather, enhanced hot-weather, and desert BDU; the BDU field jacket; and the cold-weather uniform. The flag is worn on the right shoulder, because, in the military, the “place of honor” is to a military member’s right.

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      • bob   December 10, 2011 at 1:42 am

        the pic with the patch on the left cannot be real as if you pay more attention to the flag the stars are in the wrong corner. The left arm pic has them on the correct side. We will never know the truth….we will never have proof. Gaddafi pics are all over the place but Bin laden would be to upsetting. Nonsense

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        • Carlos   December 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

          just to let you know, in the military you wear that flag ON The RIGHT arm, YES the flag will be backwards, its always like that, look at any other military member, the flag is on the right and the flag is always backwards..

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  10. Josh   June 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I believe that Osama is not died. This is the conspiracy in Obama government. Why after killed Osama they just threw his corpse in the sea immediately? They didn’t show any evident that Osama has really death.
    Actually Obama is Muslim. He has plan and make like Osama has been killed. This will make Osama free because peoples thought he was dead. That’s why they immediately bury him in the sea, because after that peoples cannot do any investigation, because the corpse has disappeared and no one can investigate it any more. If they buried it in the soil peoples still can investigate it.
    Where is the proof shown that he is really died?
    Now Osama can go anywhere freely. He is the real free man now, because peoples thought he is dead. No more investigation on him. Now he can live safely without worried anymore.

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    • Nick   August 26, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      Actually they buried him at sea because if they buried him in the ground at a specific location there would be thousands of crazy muslims trying to find him and they would take his body and do weird stuff with it. Osama is the last person that Obama would conspire with. He took thousands of innocent American lives. You think after that they are going to just set him free. Osama deserved what he got and what he got was a body bag in the bottom of the ocean.

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    • LULU   September 12, 2011 at 12:05 am

      Josh, what nationality are you, because you do not speek very good english. I want to know because you know alot more than you should. Maybe you are telling the truth. You are very smart, you picked a very common American name, but like I said you do not speek english very well. Who are you and where are you from?????????????

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    • Destini   May 5, 2012 at 3:48 am

      umm sounds like youre defending him???? why live in the u.s? my boyfriend was (is) a marine. half of the men and women in Iraq, are republician. do you really think all of them would lie, but yet be so proud of themselves???? my boyfriend did not kill him, but he knows the truth. he is dead. all of the military forces celebrated that night. why would they fake it? so the way i see it, if you have no faith in our troops, you think they’re liers, then how bout you stand in front of them in Iraq. you defend them now. if it were not for all of our men and wemon out there risking their lives everyday to protect us, you’d be dead. as well as your family. you deserve to kiss every military familys’ feet and beg for their forgiveness. its stuck up people like you who deserve to leave our country. have faith, or leave.

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      • John   May 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Haha stop it you sound silly..yes they would be risking their lives but “we and our families” would not be “dead”..we just wouldn’t be americans..maybe something else. They fight for our freedom and our countries pride…they aren’t literally keeping hundreds of millions Americans alive.. Also clearly your boyfriend didn’t kill Obama he is a sorry marine…they’d be so lucky to carry seals equipment.

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  11. 101INFSCT   June 4, 2011 at 10:45 am

    The top pics are simply a mirror image of the true photo. The flag patch goes on the right shoulder of the US uniforms. With this in mind, look at the last pics. The exact image was flipped and the patch is now on the correct side and the gunshot wound above the left eye. Simple photography….mirror image.

    It’s real.

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    • Super Sleuth   June 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      May I please draw to your attention the link posted. It clearly shows the same soldier as in the Osama picture above, but with the body of another man. This meaning that the above photograph is indeed another photoshopped image.

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  • Oroborus   May 20, 2011 at 4:24 am

    The first picture is not flipped, just look at the goddamn US flag con the soldier’s arm.
    This means this shit is a big fake.

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    • Steve   May 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      One inconsistency does not mean the whole thing is a fake.

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    • j-j-jay   July 18, 2011 at 7:48 am

      The first pic is flipped. The injury is over the right eye and the flag is facing the wrong eye. The other ones match up fine. What’s the problem? I mean the image itself does just look strange when looking at it. Osama’s head just pops out of the picture too much and seems too clear.

      The image supports evidence for both side. So we are where we will always be…confused.

      DANCE MONKEYS DANCE >:D

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  • mohamed Abdul Wahab Ahmed Mohamed   May 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    why America kill too many people and they say stop the war

    i know osama kill too much people , but osama kill this people because they are Traitors
    for islam ,,, for know am Moslem ,,,, and no piece with America and israel
    we did not want any stupid Zionist to live on the earth , because they kill too much people
    last thing : palatine
    Palestine Arab state and the Jews who inhabited since time immemorial Arabs,,, what would the Europeans jews and their not Arab, why they want palestine and the old jew thier live in palestine now there grandson’s moslem ,,,, we want piece with good people not with israel ,,,,,,,,, am sorry , if my language is bad but from my comment i know you know what i mean.

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    • Mohammad the pedophile   July 21, 2011 at 1:37 am

      Shut up you filthy terrorist or you will be next. It’s the worlds duty to get rid of the cult islam.

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  • nick   May 18, 2011 at 12:08 am

    That shit is fake to be real I think Bin Laden died along time ago. I think Benazir Bhutto knew too much and said too much that’s the reason why they killed her. Now puppet Obama is noticing that his approval ratings is slipping takes it up on himself to do something drastic and makes up this incredible story of him basically taking out Osama. At the end of the day there is no solid evidence Obama killed Osama BULLSHIT.

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    • 101INFSCT   June 4, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Obama didnt kill Osama dipshit. US Navy Seals shot and killed Osama.

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  • Marine1967   May 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I doubt this is real. Head shot does not look serious enough and the SEAL, would NOT have been wearing a US Flag, on this mission.

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    • 101INFSCT   June 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

      Correction….A Navy Seal would wear a US flag patch. Its Operatives such as Delta and CAG, etc that wont wear insignia.

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  • Birddog   May 8, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I doubt anyone could get their hands on the actual photos or a electronic copy, howver…..who cares? He is dead! Alqada acknowledges its so lets just move on. if every one just lets it go. sooner or later the photos will be released.

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  • Lee Pontruce   May 8, 2011 at 1:09 am

    why not, dipshit? Do you want your tax dollars toward keeping this piece of shit alive?

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  • a   May 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    when the photo is flipped it has a defect in that the flag on the sleeve of the soldier is backwards. it is fake

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    • a   May 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      reason i say that is the wound is suppose to be above the left eye

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    • Birddog   May 8, 2011 at 5:27 am

      No it doesnt!!! It may or may not be real, but not fo that reason. the field of stars is always in the same position. the potos shown are just mirrored…….

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    • Marine1967   May 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      Point of information, The flag is worn in reverse, to show that it is flying Right side Stars to the front Left stars to the rear. My concern,is that SEALs, would probably NOT wear any patches, rank or anything showing USA involvement, since it isa covert mission.

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    • Somebody   May 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

      the flag is suppossed to be backwards on the soldiers right arm.

      Army Regulation 670-1, “Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia,” updated most recently September 5, 2003, addresses explicitly the proper and lawful placement of the U.S. flag patch on the Army uniform.

      The regulation states that when authorized for application to the proper uniform the American flag patch is to be worn, right or left shoulder, so that “the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward. The appropriate replica for the right shoulder sleeve is identified as the ‘reverse side flag’.”

      Most of the world’s military wears the flag on the left shoulder. American flyers do the same but as the US Army wears their unit patch of the left shoulder, they wear the flag on the right shoulder.

      Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_is_American_flag_backwards_on_soldiers_uniform#ixzz1LpKqZSM1

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    • jbn   May 11, 2011 at 4:27 am

      It would be backwards if it was facing the right way thats how they patch them to reflect the flag blowing in the wind

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  • Julie   May 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    The flag on the shoulder’s arm is suppose to be “backwards” because it is on the right arm

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  • Ayoz   May 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    My question, the world most wanted was shot dead when they can arrest him easly … WHY ????

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    • Birddog   May 8, 2011 at 5:29 am

      Why not?!! He was resposnible for thousands of deaths and atleast 2 wars. What kind of lilly livered lineral would even ask that question?!!!!

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    • Marine1967   May 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Why would we want him alive??? Then Obumble could try him as a criminal in US courts and he would have lawyers and appeals and may get off..ya never know. Besides we would have the cost of his keep. A real bargain for the cost of a $0.45 bullet

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    • Austin   May 18, 2011 at 1:25 am

      They didnt think he was in there but once they got in there they found him dead…but it would have been great to have him alive, so we can question him ask him about 9/11 and what not.

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  • P   May 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    that picture is a fake u could tell it was photoshopped, theres no way thats real because I’ve seen the picture for myself and the wound on the left right above his eye is a lot more gruesome there is a chunk of his head missing and u could see a little bit of the brains. i would of post it up but the website that had the photo got took down now i can’t find that photo anywhere so i know its the real one all i know that osama is dead there is absolutely no conspircy or anything like that the man is really dead!

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    • Austin   May 18, 2011 at 1:26 am

      and why is he smiling was he finished telling a joke or somthing then BOOM dead right there?

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  • naysayer   May 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    http://justscandals.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/blackhawkdown.jpg

    Scandal over, move along here tis nothing but a fake from the movie blackhawk down.

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  • heee   May 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    super secret elite soldier never smile to camera!

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  • delta6   May 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    FALSE, FORGED, Photoshopped and fabricated photograph.

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  • jibbles   May 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    If you flip the photo like that the american flag on his arm is backwards.

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  • fake   May 6, 2011 at 10:54 am

    uniform is outdated dcu.

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    • SOG Team 6   May 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      You are correct about the uniform. We would wear delta gear. And when performing covert misions, we do not wear markers to identify country of origin. This is a fake.

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  • Devin   May 6, 2011 at 9:37 am

    The flipped image is the correct version. Observe the direction of the American flag on the standard-issue ACU uniform:
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/images/acu-pic05.jpg

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  • E   May 6, 2011 at 2:18 am

    This is photoshopped from a scene from the movie Blackhawk Down, the soldier in the pic is an actor from that movie…go watch it.

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  • doubtful   May 6, 2011 at 1:04 am

    The arm patch can be worn on either arm. The calibre of the weapon and the entry point into the skull makes me think this is a faked photo. The photo is supposedly too gruesome to view yet this one doesn’t have a gruesomeness inherent to head wounds caused by a high velocity weapon.

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    • Davey jones   May 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

      The flag is only worn one way. stars then stripes…. first photo is correct. I too think is faked

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  • EGZONi Kosova   May 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    a picture of osames for the dek corpse believed that was also a different video for us not to believe that there mujt dek the strongest I ma niri bot

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  • Dro1440   May 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Idk that photo was def supposed to be flipped so that the US flag is on the right arm of the soldier, making the wound over his left eye. Never kno…

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  • common scenes   May 5, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    why do people make such a big deal about shit that don’t pertain to them, only family of those who died 911 should be notified and explained to its no one else business what happen or is it true or were besides that their should be a law that keep things like this out the media and the public the only thing that would create is to put every one in danger in a case like this one it would piss Iraqis off n make them retaliate against Americans all over the world ! the only thing i got to say about this pics stuff is DUM ASS SES.m

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  • mr_mojo   May 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    These may be real…military uniforms usually have the flag on the right and backwards…so the pic at the bottom should be correct…in which case the bullet hole is on the left of OBL..
    photos normally are dated on the bottom right too…

    I have seen another color photo shot straight on…they are remarkably similar…only the color one has a lot of blood…

    regards

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  • Johan magnus Aanderaa   May 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Well done America, I am very glad that, that Fucker is dead.

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  • the lone gunner   May 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    i wanted to see a pic of obama next to the body, then i would belive, plus does any1 know where and what ocean he was supposedly dumbed in??

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  • Moshe Sharon   May 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    So here’s the deal: 1) The White House announced that a Navy Seal team raided Osama’s residence in Pakistan; 2) They allegedly conducted a DNA analysis and confirmed that the man shot in the head is Osama but never showed us the actual result or explained where they got the prior control sample to set up the profile for a match test; 3) They announced that they took the body to an aircraft carrier and dumped it overboard after a Muslim funeral; 4) They said they have pictures but are refusing to show them to the general public. I’m certain that if the Seals killed a decoy and Osama is still alive somewhere else, he won’t wait long before appearing on AL Jazeera Television to thumb his nose at the world (G-d forbid). So, unless Osama made a deal with Obama to trade information for witness protection, in the absence of any visible shred of corroborating forensic evidence, time will tell whether the dead chicken of the sea is really Osama Bin Laden or has Obama been Lying? More at http://moshesharon.wordpress.com

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  • tom   May 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

    That’s not him. That guy was the bouncer at Loyal Brothers bar in Glenwood Springs, CO. I know because I saw him last night when I was really drunk and eating ecstacy.

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  • Todd Diesel   May 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Aside from the arguments about the uniform and how the flag should be properly worn.. cause different generations and branches can argue that all day long… but look at what “Osama” is wearing… a tactical vest with a combat knife?? And even if that’s not a combat knife, in all the pictures of Osama, he’s never seen wearing that kind of outfit. Much less for being in one of his mansions. And the only other photo released showing a full facial in color is fake. They took a photo of somebody else, and photoshopped in the lower portion of the face. Why else does the upper portion of the face look crisp and clean, and the lower portion grainy?

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  • Julia   May 5, 2011 at 7:49 am

    i’m 100% positive that the photo is real. it was emailed to my dad from someone within US admin. certain people are allowed to see it they are just not allowing everyone to see it. i’m not doubting they have better pictures but this one is definitely real, and the reason why it’s above the right eye is because cameras can flip things, but that’s obvious

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    • no1   May 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      those photos sent out to emails, that was a mass virus sending

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      • kami   May 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm

        its a fake ,, 100% ,, with proof ,, go to youtube ,, search “Black Hawk Down Part 13 ” uploaded by 1SGx1Brianx ,, you will see exact this image at time 5:48/10:01 ,,,

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  • Fake   May 5, 2011 at 6:35 am

    It’s fake… It’s taken from a scene from Black Hawk Down, check it out for yourselves. Liveleak got it. Too bad, still fakes.

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  • Adam   May 5, 2011 at 5:57 am

    That guy does appear to be wearing DCU’s, with a dark in color (possibly black) load bearing vest. Kinda looks like what Army rotary wing pilots and crew wore a few years back. Also, at least with the Army, as of relatively recently (been out a few years), you could still see OD-A’s wearing tiger stripe and DCU blouses and trousers, along with ACU and 3 color woodland BDU. His lack of a heavy loadout could be his personal preference for this particular operation, or that photo could be from a secure location during the debrief. Or it could be totally fake… we shall see

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  • ali   May 5, 2011 at 4:42 am

    hes dead, i killed him myself

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  • ali   May 5, 2011 at 4:40 am

    you all just wait and get a fuckin life losers, hes dead trust me i killed him

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  • Dave   May 5, 2011 at 4:26 am

    The flag is that way on uniforms because when you walk FORWARD into battle holding the American flag the stars are forward. Look at how the flag hangs on a pole. Same way when you are holding it on a pole or a stick. It symbolizes always moving forward.

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  • theone_1993   May 5, 2011 at 4:17 am

    theres no way this is real because any solider on the operation would have his face posted on the internet about it!

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  • UK Intelligence   May 5, 2011 at 3:06 am

    That’s a plastic dummy you bunch of fucking retards! And the American flag is the wrong way around because it has been mirrored by the photoshop. You fucking tards!

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  • Diane   May 5, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Yeah I saw that same American on the news with the president. It’s real

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  • Bobby Napoleon   May 5, 2011 at 1:46 am

    This is all fake. Osama seems to be smiling.
    This appears to be like all hype like the WWE circus.

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    • Jules   May 5, 2011 at 6:17 am

      Ever heard of a thing called rigamortis?

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  • Dave   May 5, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Just so your tracking…… the American Flag is worn on the right sleeve. The flag will look backwards because the stars always fly forward. The one with the patch on left sleeve and gunshot wound above the right eye is the photo that is flipped.

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  • James   May 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    the wound IS over his right eye! he is facing a different direction than us so his right is our left!!!! stop being a bunch of idiotic conspiracy theorists and appreciate the fact that anotherone bit the dust and focus on the fact that we still have more to kill!

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  • JimmyJangDingaDang   May 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    YES the FLAG is correct because “we do not run from the enemy” Cammies are also corrrect because the Navy has not transferred over to Digital Cammies yet.

    However i still think the pic is fake. On top of that this SEAL has now been compromised If this photo were real. His face should be blocked out. So if it is real WAY TO GO posting it @$$HOLE, you just compromised this US Sailor!

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  • kylan kincaid   May 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    you cannot flip a picture to prove something is wrong, all that does is screw up your own information. if you flip the picture when the wound is above the right or left eye of coarse it will be on the opposite after as well as the issue with the flag.

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  • Torch82   May 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I’m also a war veteran of the war on terror, and I also believe this photo to be fake. The flg on the uniform is correct, but I believe the uniform itself is wrong. He’s wearing what appears to be the Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU) that I also once worn, but I thought they stopped using them. I could be wrong, but I have a strong feeling the Navy SEALs no longer wear that uniform.

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  • twister   May 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    It’s a fake, here’s the proof: l

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  • joe   May 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    If its fake Osama can do another video showing his face. Of course, its hard to do when YOUR BRAINS HAVE BEEN BLOWN OUT. HELL-YA!!!! I didnt see any pics of women dancing in the streets in Palestine this week, shreiking their faces off …. how come???? Go to hell Osama AND HIS FOLLOWERS.

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  • Mariah   May 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I think that his right eye in the top picture looks like the same eye from the fake photo (left eye) which would lead me to believe this is a fake too

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  • brent   May 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

    i think this is hinky for other reasons. the whole flag argument is ridiculous, only said by people who obviously have never served. anyhow…

    SF guys always have some sort of radio/headset. wheres this guys? no helmet? its night time, he needs his NVGs…they have to be mounted on a helmet.

    they needed to go in, get him, get out. he wouldnt have time to take off his helmet inside the house while they were exfiltrating.

    of course i could be wrong, maybe the photo was real and was snapped back at the FOB upon return. who knows.

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    • James   May 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      thats bs they dont always have headsets and special forces tend to not wear helmets because they make too much noise when your trying to be stealthy, night vision goggles do NOT have to be fixed to a helmet. i hate people who believe everything on the news and rely on video games as their sorce of information about how the military does stuff FUCK YOU ALL!

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  • bryan   May 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

    It’s fake as hell. Someone pasted a doctored picture of Osama’s face into that photo

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  • Crystal   May 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

    From what I’ve learned and observed about people being dead… uhm.. if Osama is dead, his face would NOT be smiling after sudden death. His muscles would automatically relax… almost like when a body releases urine or its last bowel movement in death. This is FAKE!

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  • joe   May 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Just so you know maja the American flag is not wrong. when worn on the right sleeve the “blue field” (in this case it would be a tan’ish color due to camo) is closest to the heart. If the flag was on the left arm it would be “right”. It is possible that these pictures are real.

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    • mothersucker   May 5, 2011 at 12:42 am

      all u stupid ass bitches should show some respect we lost a lot of good men out there and all you can do is bitch and complain because the pics look fake…….. i say ooh rah and kiss my ass bitches

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      • darkEDGEpictures   May 5, 2011 at 9:25 am

        Lost a lot of good men out where? Killing Bin Laden was hardly part of their 10 year plan? You lost a lot of good men fighting a fucking seperate war – if hunting Bin Laden was the only plan you wouldn’t have lost any. It was bloody special forces that swooped in and took the fuck head out, not your soldiers laying down their lives for a fight that was happening many miles away. And everyone isn’t bitching and complaining, they’re laying down their opinion on an open blog, you fucking idiot.

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  • Eman   May 4, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The photo is a fake. I have seen the real one. the gun wound is very clean and small on the real photo and his beard is longer.

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    • angel   May 5, 2011 at 1:34 am

      so tell us when the rest of the world isn’t aloud to see the photo how did you see it?

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    • LizzyBee   May 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

      You are so full of shit .You’re in the top handful of most powerful people in the world yet you can be bothered to sign in to this crappy website , risking your career by breaking the Disclosure Law to inform the likes of ‘maja’ ‘J’ and ‘Anyones guss’ that an obvious fake is an obvious fake ?
      Speaking of which ….wtf did I bother to do this!?

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  • Keith Raulerson   May 4, 2011 at 9:59 am

    uniforms always have the American flag with the stars closest to the soldier’s or officer’s heart. It is normal for it to appear backwards depending on which arm the flag is on.

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  • Adam   May 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Army wears reversed color flag, color IR flag, and subdued IR flag on wearer’s right shoulder (of combat uniform), with the union facing the viewer’s right. Other branches do not have a flag patch on their standard work/utility/combat uniform. Special Operations members of particular branches choose to wear flags affixed to their sleeves or body armor carrier, but they typically have them on the wearer’s left shoulder with the union facing the viewer’s right. I have really only seen Air Force CCT/PJ with the flag on their right shoulder. I have yet to see a SEAL or FR Marine with a flag on their right, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. My experience comes from being stationed at an Army installation that brings in personnel from other branches as well as federal agencies and foreign military personnel.

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  • Ian   May 4, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Definite fake, shadows over OBLs face are incorrect, light source isnt above & behind soldier – which is where it would have to be in order to have a shadow over OBLs face like that.

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  • J   May 4, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Fake. Apparently they figured it out themselves. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=964_1304445424

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  • Anyones guss   May 4, 2011 at 7:36 am

    btw, yes I am aware that the vinyl IR flags edges do delaminate, separate, and curl, but it is usually not all the way around the patch, and its normally in the most flexed area, and coincides with obvious creases caused by flexing, and they show up on camera, very well.

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  • Anyones guss   May 4, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Special forces or not, service members wear the american flag on their RIGHT shoulder. The flag is actually reversed of the official display. http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf This is because america is at war, and the flag is being displayed as in motion running to the battle, with the stars on the rights, stripes on the left.
    http://www.militaryclothing.com/IBS/SimpleCat/InfoPage/asp/Comp_ID/16031.html
    Also the flag worn by this person is not the infrared vinyl type currently issued, the edges appear to be fuzzy, like the old cloth type, it could be a subdued cloth patch. Some law enforcement agencies do wear the flag on the left shoulder, but if it is on the right, they usually display the flag correctly.
    Note the total lack of camo, and black vest, also another trait of law enforcement. I also noticed the person is very clean cut and shaven, not at all like an operative that has been out in the field for a long period of time. I would guess this person to be an embedded reporter, government official, or at a stretch, possibly a pilot in a desert flight uniform.

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    • Scooby   May 4, 2011 at 8:18 am

      not very accurate analysis. you may find seals at all times looking EXACTLY as this gentleman looks. hygienically and uniform military bearing. further there were reports of delta forces, who can appear in non-camouflage or hawaiian tee shirts. stop pretending to know.

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      • Joseph Scott   May 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

        Yes, but since he is wearing a battle uniform, the flag goes on the right shoulder ALWAYS! this picture is a fake

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        • Alexandra Mazur   May 5, 2011 at 3:48 am

          so how do you know that the original photo is the one with the flag on the left?? maybe the one with the flag on the right is the right one maybe the person messed up on the caption of the pictures.. always something to think about people make mistakes….

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    • Navy Chief   May 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

      Army Regulation 670-1, “Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia,” addresses explicitly the proper and lawful placement of the U.S. flag patch on the Army uniform.

      The regulation states that when authorized for application to the proper uniform the American flag patch is to be worn, right or left shoulder, so that ‚Äúthe star field faces forward, or to the flag‚Äôs own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer‚Äôs right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward. The appropriate replica for the right shoulder sleeve is identified as the ‚Äòreverse side flag‚Äô.‚Äù We in the Navy wear them on either side also… nice try. Although I believe the photo to be a good fake.

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  • Courtney Rogers   May 4, 2011 at 6:39 am

    k I just want to know why does it look like well it does to me that Bin Laden is smiling? lol he thinks he will get them virgins? Um no that is for the ones that go to Heaven

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  • Courtney Rogers   May 4, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Ok I just want to know why does it look like well it does to me that Bin Laden is smiling? lol he thinks he will get them virgins? Um no that is for the ones that go to Heaven

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    • idk   May 4, 2011 at 10:02 am

      It does

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  • maja   May 4, 2011 at 2:45 am

    ohh, i know see, it should have been the right eye and now the flag is good.. well.. anyhows, the bastard is gone, hallelujah!

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  • maja   May 4, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Fake!
    There is this shotwound above the left eye when the photo is flipped, but then the american flag is wrong (on the soldiers arm)
    So these pics are fake and gay..
    co za asy

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    • Fuck you   May 4, 2011 at 8:33 am

      Of course it’s backwards when you flip the pic you fucking retard.

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      • dillon thomas   May 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

        what a prick you are

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        • rumburak   May 5, 2011 at 7:56 am

          but the shot wound is on the wrong side when the flag is right you moron.

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          • Yomama   May 5, 2011 at 10:33 am

            Niqqahss’zz thesee Photos Are REall Okkkay Reatardss

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    • Klint   May 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

      The american flag is backwards on army uniforms

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      • Trent   May 4, 2011 at 11:37 am

        Thank you Klint for setting them right. As a army vet the flag is that way.

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        • Nobody   May 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm

          Yes, its forward like its a soldier carrying a flag into battle. It’s the ONLY way a flag is worn on the shoulder.

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        • MP   May 5, 2011 at 5:03 am

          hey bud they have the wrong American flags they would use a IR Flag for ID witch would be reflective under night vision this one is not

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      • kimosabe   May 5, 2011 at 4:24 am

        All flags worn the stars always lead as the stripes stream behind. =) that’s why when the flag is raise the starts go up first.

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    • TIM TIM   May 5, 2011 at 12:31 am

      MORONS!!!! The flag IS on the RIGHT shoulder and the POS reporter did not double check the info beforehand! The “flipped” image, has the flag on the right shoulder and a wound above the LEFT eye. The soldier is wearing old desert BDU’s and has on a tactical backpack, much like special forces uses. In any situation, the photo is FAKE. Osama is in Virginia getting dialysis as we prattle over propaganda… and he is smiling cause he’s laughing at how petty & shallow people become over a fucking picture on the internet!!!

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      • MATTY WATTY   May 5, 2011 at 4:00 am

        you said it, ever since 9/11 shit as just been assumed. if american gov. had nothing to do with 9/11, then where the fuck are the black boxes, we can find every other one except those few…. ugh ok. not to mention the pentigon, why was there no plane debri.. and did u know the bush family is actually friends with the bin laden family. fuck our country, id rather live in canada

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        • j   May 5, 2011 at 11:37 am

          then move to canada, we dont want you here anyway

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          • MATTY WATTY   May 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm

            let me guess, your one of those jesus freaks, huh. christianity is the worlds largest CULT! yes, there are alot of kinde hearted ones, the nobodies, im talking about the reverends and pastors, and even the pope. i bet you even belive eveything our gov. says and that were the good guys, dont you ever wonder why everyone hates us, america is the bully of the world.

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    • Dumb ass   May 5, 2011 at 4:04 am

      If youve ever seen a military uniform youll notice that the american flag patch is supposed to be inverted.

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    • MP   May 5, 2011 at 4:59 am

      you are correct they have the wrong American flags they would use a IR Flag witch would be reflective under night vision it would almost look as its glowing and last they wouldn’t show the faces of any one involved in this operation

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    • Deer Slayer   May 5, 2011 at 5:39 am

      I think that they should shoot Obama to. Obama and Osama sound too much alike. Plus Obama is a retard. I think Obama is trying to hide something. What if Osama isn’t dead. Obama could be trying to take over america with those fucking towel heads. Any american who has a dick and balls start saving up on ammo because, I don’t trust Obama. Plus whos stupid idea was it to give us a stupid president with an afro. PS” Fuck YOU OBAMa
      Obama will O bomb us.

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    • Jandyt   May 5, 2011 at 5:48 am

      The flag is worn on the right shoulder, with the stars field towards the front.

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    • freedomfighter   May 5, 2011 at 6:12 am

      in the “but flipped” picture, that is actually the correct side to wear the american flag on our uniform, dumbass, so the “flipped” picture is actually the original pic.

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    • Dave   May 5, 2011 at 8:38 am

      If you knew anything about the military you would know that the flags are backwards of uniforms.

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    • Bryn   May 5, 2011 at 8:57 am

      Maja, you are mistaken about the “flag” insignia on the soldier’s arm. In the photo that was originally posted on LiveLeaks, the “flag” is incorrectly displayed.
      When the photo is mirrored, the “flag” appears correctly as does the left eye wound on bin laden. So, this may not be a fake after all. Check out the military’s display of our flag on their arms, when we look at it on them, it is “backwards”…research it for yourself.

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    • Kat   May 5, 2011 at 9:24 am

      Hello genius! The flag is made backwards on military uniforms. Trust me i wash enough of my husbands to know this.

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    • darren levon   May 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

      the amercian flag is suppose to be that way. its suppose to have the stars on the right instead of the left.

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    • tom   May 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

      soldiers wear their american flag on the right arm and it appears to be backwards since the flag used to be carried by a single soldier and it would face backwards as they marched. It is supposed to be a representation of that. uniform regulations state that the star field is to be placed forward.

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    • EbertB   May 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      The American flag is always displayed with the “stars” end moving forward. Look up any picture of military troops. Flipped or not, it’s an accurate display of the patch.

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    • Dick   May 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      The American flag on our military’s arms are supposed to be flipped backwards. I was in the army…I know, it’s flipped backwards to symbolize that we are “always moving forward” you know, if you were moving forward the flag would be going backwards in the wind…and it’s worn on the right arm. So the picture that shows the wound over his left eye is in fact the correct version. However, that said, it’s still fake lol

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