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Operation Neptune Spear

The US Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden on 2 May 2011 during Operation Neptune Spear revealed his identity. He was Robert O’Neill.

Nov 11, 2014 12:03 IST
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Operation Neptune Spear – a nighttime raid on Laden’s Abbottabad home made by SEAL Team Six
Operation Neptune Spear was in news recently after the US Navy SEAL commando Robert O'Neill claimed that he is the one who shot Osama bin Laden at his Pakistan hideout in Abbottobad on 2 May 2011.

Revealing his identity he claimed that he shot three bullets into the head of al Qaeda's kingpin.


Operation Neptune Spear

Operation Neptune Spear was led by the Navy SEALs of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group also known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six. The operation was carried out in a Central Intelligence Agency-led operation. In addition to DEVGRU, participating units included the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and CIA operatives.

The raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was launched from Afghanistan and after the raid Laden's body was taken to Afghanistan for identification by the US forces. The body was then buried at sea within 24 hours of his death.

 

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