August 1, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Killing: Encounter Operation Details

A media report in the New Yorker magazine reveals new insights into the Osama Bin Laden Killing Encounter Operation:

Osama Bin Laden Killing, Death encounter

  • The US Navy SEALs pumped two 5.56-mm bullets to kill an unarmed al-Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan's Abbottabad
  • There was never any question of detaining or capturing him -- it wasn't a split-second decision.
  • Six US helicopters - two MH-60 Black Hawk and four MH-47 Chinooks - were involved in the May 2 Osama Bin Laden Killing Encounter Operation.
  • The first round, a 5.56-mm bullet, struck bin Laden in the chest. As he fell backward, the SEAL fired a second round into his head, just above his left eye
  • On his radio, The SEAL personnel who shot Osama Bin Laden, reported, "For God and country--Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo." After a pause, he added, "Geronimo E.K.I.A."--"enemy killed in action." 
  • The climax of Osama Bin Laden began when a SEAL personnel stepped into Osama's bedroom and trained the infrared laser of his M4 on his chest. 
  • Osama Bin Laden, who was wearing a tan shalwar kameez and a prayer cap on his head, froze; he was unarmed,
  • Osama Bin Laden's two wives tried to protect him by placing themselves as human shields.

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