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Navy SEAL's Book Raises New Questions About Osama Raid

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WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) - A Navy SEAL who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden said the terrorist apparently was shot in the head as he looked out his bedroom door, contradicting previous official accounts describing him as being shot after ducking back into his room and possibly reaching for a weapon.

The former SEAL describes the 2011 raid in Pakistan under the pseudonym Mark Owen in "No Easy Day," to be published next week. The Associated Press purchased a copy of the book Tuesday.

CBS News is not using Owen's real name.

The account may again raise questions over whether the raid was intended to capture or simply kill bin Laden, though Owen says the SEALs were told to capture him if he surrendered.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor would not comment on the conflicting accounts late Tuesday.

The books' publication date was moved up a week to September 4.

"No Easy Day," already a top seller on, was originally scheduled to come out Sept. 11.

Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced Tuesday that the release date was changed in response to "overwhelming excitement" from the public. The first printing has been increased from 300,000 to 575,000 copies.

Government officials are reviewing the book to see if any sensitive information was revealed.

Owen said in a statement that he had a "strict desire" not to endanger national security.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press/CBS News Interactive. All Rights Reserved.)

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