The Navy SEAL who took out Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, has revealed the truth behind what actually happened when he and his team were sent on the mission to hunt down the world’s most wanted terrorist.
In an interview on “Good Morning Britain” on Wednesday, former Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert O’Neill said he was honored that his unit had been chosen for the task but he was also well aware of the dangers involved.
“(It was) very, very dangerous, we could get shot down, we could get shot on the way in — if anyone’s going to blow up his house and martyr himself it’s going to be Osama Bin Laden — or we could run out of fuel and just be in Pakistan,” he said, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
“We were honored but we were very serious because we knew it was probably a one-way mission. I personally didn’t think we were going to come back,” he continued.
O’Neill said intelligence had informed him that if they encountered bin Laden’s son, Khalid (which they did), they knew the terrorist would be on the next floor of the compound.
And sure enough, as the team made their way up another flight of stairs, O’Neill said he turned into a room and saw bin Laden, who was taller and thinner than he’d expected.
He was hiding behind his wife, but O’Neill didn’t hesitate.
“I took care of him the way you would take care of a suicide bomber,” he said. “I shot him in the face twice and once more when he fell down because you need to make sure that threat is eliminated.”
O’Neill essentially split bin Laden’s head wide open, which is one sure way to take down a terrorist.
Check out part of the interview here:
O’Neill covers that momentous event and many others in his book, “The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior.”
Considering it’s the story of an American hero, it should be a besteller for sure.
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