Those are some of the highlights of a briefing Monday from White House Homeland Security advisor John Brennan.
"If we had the opportunity to take bin Laden alive, if he didn't present any threat, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that." Brennan said.
"We had discussed that extensively in a number of meetings in the White House and with the president. The concern was that bin Laden would oppose any type of capture operation. Indeed, he did. There was a firefight. He therefore was killed in that firefight, and that's when the remains were removed. But we certainly were planning for the possibility, which we thought was going to be remote, given that he would he likely resist arrest but that we would be able to capture him."
The U.S. national security team gathers in the Situation Room to await the outcome of Operation Geromino.
The compound is set back in a field and was securely guarded