Obama will not release Bin Laden photos

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The Independent US

President Barack Obama says the White House will not release a photo of Osama bin Laden's body.

Obama made the remarks during an interview Wednesday with CBS television's "60 Minutes."

The White House had been weighing the release of a photo, in part to offer proof that bin Laden was killed during a raid on his compound early Monday. However, officials had cautioned that the photo was gruesome and could be inflammatory.

US forces stormed the compound in Pakistan where bin Laden was hiding, then shot and killed the al-Qa'ida leader.

The president made his decision as the Navy SEALS involved in the daring raid arrived in the US for debriefing, and US officials began to comb through the intelligence trove of computer files, flash drives, DVDs and documents that the commandos hauled out of the terrorist's hideaway.