A US Navy Seal has recounted the moment he killed Osama bin Laden, saying: "In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead. Bap! Bap! ... he was dead, not moving."
The commando, who kept his identity secret in an interview with Esquire magazine, revealed his role in the May 2011 raid for the first time.
The Seal also confirmed an account from the book No Easy Day - written by a commando on the operation - that once bin Laden was fatally wounded, other Seals shot him repeatedly in the chest and legs.
The confrontation with the al-Qaeda lasted only 15 seconds but the most nerve-racking moment for the Seal was when he learned that one of the Black Hawk helicopters used in the raid had crash-landed in the Abbottabad compound.
After the raid, the Seals returned to a base in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where they showed a female CIA officer - now made famous by the film Zero Dark Thirty - the corpse of bin Laden.
Despite killing America's most wanted man, the commando is now unemployed and fears for his family's security.
The former Seal retired after 16 years in the service and does not qualify for a pension that is only awarded to those who remain in the Navy for 20 years.
The article, which has the headline "The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden ... is Screwed", focusses heavily on the Seal's current plight.
The commando does not have health insurance or extra security for his family and is so concerned about a reprisal attack that he has taught his children to hide in the bathtub at the first sign of trouble.