The U.S. then contacted the Mexican marines, who did not hesitate, engaging Beltran and his gunmen in a 90-minute firefight.
But Brennan in that briefing said the al Qaeda leader died in a firefight, a claim the White House later retracted.
It reminded me a little of the moments in the field, in a firefight or a riot, when things turn from calm to chaos in seconds.
The day after the assault, ISAF announced that forces had stumbled upon the dead women after a firefight with insurgents.
Merah, who claimed links to al Qaeda, was killed by police after a five-minute firefight on the morning of March 22.
A firefight broke out, during which two of his captors were killed and the others escaped.
Khadr was also seriously wounded in the firefight, half-blinded in one eye and with two bullet wounds to his chest.
Heavily-armed assailants waged a five-hour firefight against Libyan and American guards—at two locations.
A firefight broke out and two of the kidnappers were killed, while others escaped, the network says.
After a 32-hour standoff, and an extremely violent five-minute firefight, Mohamed Merah is dead.