Obama meets elite Seal team members

2011-05-06 22:38

Kentucky - US President Barack Obama on Friday held private meetings with unidentified members of the elite commando team that took part in the raid that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Obama flew into an army base at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and immediately went into behind-closed-doors encounters with service members the White House would only term as "special operators."

"While at Fort Campbell, President Obama and Vice President Biden will have the opportunity to hear from and thank some of the special operators involved in the operation," a White House official said.

The men Obama met took part in the helicopter-borne raid led by the Navy's elite Seal commando unit, which penetrated Pakistani airspace and landed at bin Laden's compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

But officials declined to say if Obama would meet the commandos that fired the fatal shots or even identify the specific military unit that Obama would encountered.

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