A decade after 9/11, the man who kicked off the U.S. war against terror was found and killed by an elite team of Navy SEALS. Finding and taking out the most wanted terrorist in the world, Osama bin Laden, was no easy feat.
A Long Road
In 2007, U.S. intelligence agencies uncovered the names of some of bin Laden’s couriers. The U.S. believed that these couriers knew how to find bin Laden or maybe hiding him.
Three years later, U.S. intelligence analysts connected one of the couriers to an Abbottabad compound. The compound was heavily guarded with plenty of security.
Upon further examination, intelligence suggested that this location may be where bin Laden was hiding. With the location confirmed, SEAL Team SIX began training for their mission.
With President Obama sanctioning the raid on the compound, SEAL Tea Six began training in a replica of the compound on April 29, 2011.
On May 2, just a few days later, the SEALS set out on Operation Neptune Spear. The tense mission, which began a little after 1:00 pm Eastern Time, was wrapped up by 1:00 a.m.
The men took DNA samples to verify that it was, in fact, bin Laden. His body was buried at sea within 24 hours of his death, per Islamic Law.
U.S. forces gathered plenty of useful information from the compound. Ten hard drives, five computers, and over 100 storage devices.
U.S. intelligence gleaned important information about bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and how the organization functioned. Bin Laden’s death was a massive win for the U.S. Both the American people and the government were significantly affected by the event.
For those who were hit personally by the attack on 9/11, it gave some much-needed closure. Osama bin Laden garnered much support from throughout the world.
Naturally, the reactions from around the world were mixed, with some leaders criticizing the United States’ actions while others praised the U.S. Overall, military leaders consider the raid by SEAL Team Six a successful mission.