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After almost a year of surveillance and planning, the U.S. sent its top intelligence officials and premiere special forces team to the terrorists compound last night and put an end to Bin Laden’s reign of terror.[Meet Seal Team 6, the badasses who killed Bin Laden… these are the weapons used they used… see where the raid took place….]
Below are the highlights of the operation:
- Summer 2010, military and intelligence officials learned of a “high-value” target in Pakistan. According to the New York Times, a large house in a suburb north of Islamabad at the end of a long dirt road with no phone and no internet.
- Officials found the compound by tailing Bin Laden’s personal courier.
- March 2011, over five national security meetings President Obama irons out the details for a strike on the house.
- The President rejected original proposal to bomb the compund without more proof. He wanted proof Bin Laden was dead, not a pile of rubble.
- The SEAL’s held two reheasals last month to prepare.
- On chopper is said to have “stalled” above the compound, according to Politico. NBC reports that the chopper stalled because of a lack of air due to the high walls of the compound. Other theories are that it hit something or was shot down. In any event, the SEALs abandoned it and conducted the raid.
- President Obama said: “We shared our intelligence on this compound with no other country, including Pakistan.”
- 8:20 a.m. Friday April 29, before he left to tour tornado torn Alabama, the President gave orders for the CIA and military special forces to strike.
- The raid was planned for Saturday but rescheduled due to weather.
- As the operation prepared to start Friday, American officials at the consulate in Peshwar were evacuated, leaving only essential staff.
- The United States tier-one counter-terrorism, Seal Team Six (ST6) led the assault. Nearly all ST6 missions are classified to the public.
- The SEALs hit the compund at 3:30 p.m. yesterday and were gone by 4:15.
- The President monitored the operation all day from the White House Situation Room.
- The compound has 12-18 foot high walls and two security gates.
- The attack against the highly fortified compound lasted 40 minutes.
- Residents of the compound had been burning all of their trash and although the property was valued $1 million neither of the couriers had a reported income.
- Two couriers and their families lived at the compound with Bin Laden and his youngest wife, as well as Bin Laden’s son, who was also killed.
- No American forces were killed, though the U.S. lost one helicopter due to mechanical issues. The chopper was blown up by the American team.
- A woman, used as a human shield by Bin Laden’s forces was killed.
- Bin Laden took a bullet to the face.
- Following DNA confirmation of Bin Ladens death, Jihadist websites were still maintaining the report as a hoax.
- ABC video title, “40 Minutes That Changed The World.”
The 10 years that have passed since the attacks on 9/11 have done nothing to mellow the excitement felt across the country at the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death.