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Navy SEAL breaks silence on bin Laden

2013-02-11 22:37

Washington - The Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden broke his silence on Monday, recounting in an interview the three bullets he pumped into the al-Qaeda leader and the financial anxiety he now faces as an unemployed civilian.

The commando kept his identity secret in the Esquire magazine profile but revealed his role in the daring May 2011 raid for the first time, as well as the worries he has for his family's security.

"He looked confused. And way taller than I was expecting," the SEAL says of bin Laden.

When the commandos came upon bin Laden on the third floor of his Pakistani hideout, the al-Qaeda mastermind had his hands on his youngest wife's shoulders, "pushing her ahead" and there was a AK-47 nearby.

"I don't know if she's got a vest and she's being pushed to martyr them both. He's got a gun within reach. He's a threat. I need to get a head shot so he won't have a chance to clack himself off [blow himself up]," the commando says.

"In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead. Bap! Bap! The second time as he's going down. He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again, Bap! same place," he says.

"He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out."

Another Navy SEAL who took part in the raid, Matt Bissonnette, offered the first eyewitness account last year in a book titled No Easy Day, which drew the ire of Pentagon officials who accused him of breaking a pledge not to disclose classified information.

According to the Esquire article, the whole confrontation with bin Laden took only 15 seconds. But the most harrowing moment came earlier, when the "shooter" learned that one of the stealthy Black Hawk helicopters in the raid has crash-landed at the compound.

"We're never getting out of here now," he says. "I thought we'd have to steal cars and drive to Islamabad. Because the other option was to stick around and wait for the Pakistani military to show up... That's when I got concerned."

After the operation is over, the SEAL commando revels in the raid's success in which no SEALs were killed or wounded. But by the summer of 2012, after retiring from the military, he said he had become nervous about revenge attacks on his family and how he would make a living as a civilian.

Because he separated from the Navy after 16 years in uniform, he does not qualify for a pension that is awarded only to those who remain for at least 20 years of service.

"He gave so much to his country, and now it seems he's left in the dust," his wife says.

"I feel there's no support, not just for my family but for other families in the community. I honestly have nobody I can go to or talk to. Nor do I feel my husband has gotten much for what he's accomplished in his career," she says.

Comments
  • bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 23:09

    How do we know that Obama is dead? No proof

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:22

      You are correct bafana, Bin Laden is hiding in the Free State under the name Ben Lategan.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:22

      You are correct bafana, Bin Laden is hiding in the Free State under the name Ben Lategan.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:22

      You are correct bafana, Bin Laden is hiding in the Free State under the name Ben Lategan.

      gungets.tuft - 2013-02-12 08:16

      Of course there is proof http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tFLVyIv-q0Y/TcQVTBrJJxI/AAAAAAAAIiA/ZTTfAqNSggM/s400/sandal-floating.jpg

      gungets.tuft - 2013-02-12 08:16

      Of course there is proof http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tFLVyIv-q0Y/TcQVTBrJJxI/AAAAAAAAIiA/ZTTfAqNSggM/s400/sandal-floating.jpg

      gungets.tuft - 2013-02-12 08:16

      Of course there is proof http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tFLVyIv-q0Y/TcQVTBrJJxI/AAAAAAAAIiA/ZTTfAqNSggM/s400/sandal-floating.jpg

      madeleine.sahling - 2013-02-12 09:31

      Read the book!!

      francois.dupreez.39 - 2013-02-12 09:46

      Obama is alive and well it's Osama that's become fish food....

      larry.hannigan.7 - 2013-02-12 13:16

      I laughed at your comment AND then I shuddered with fear, knowing that you are probably in possession of a drivers license and share the roads with me and that you have the right to vote.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-02-12 21:40

      Baie goeie vraag. Die amerikaners is goed daar mee om geheime te bewaar! Lol

  • bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 23:17

    How do we know that Obama is dead? No proof

      mrgmkhan - 2013-02-11 23:23

      OBAMA is alive he still has 4 more years in the White house.

      mrgmkhan - 2013-02-11 23:23

      OBAMA is alive he still has 4 more years in the White house.

      mrgmkhan - 2013-02-11 23:23

      OBAMA is alive he still has 4 more years in the White house.

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 23:25

      A Manchurian candidate?

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 23:25

      A Manchurian candidate?

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 23:25

      A Manchurian candidate?

      nervern - 2013-02-12 00:14

      Lmimp. Dude ur soo funny. Thanks for the laugh...

      nervern - 2013-02-12 00:14

      Lmimp. Dude ur soo funny. Thanks for the laugh...

      nervern - 2013-02-12 00:14

      Lmimp. Dude ur soo funny. Thanks for the laugh...

      StanSenamo - 2013-02-12 00:14

      Bafana, do you have any general knowledge? My kid is still small to comment on this platform but she knows that Obama is alive and kicking. I know you missed the S but you have to be hammered for that...hahahaha How do we know that Obama is dead? WTF? You are confusing kids. Hope you are not a teacher by profession hey?

      StanSenamo - 2013-02-12 00:14

      Bafana, do you have any general knowledge? My kid is still small to comment on this platform but she knows that Obama is alive and kicking. I know you missed the S but you have to be hammered for that...hahahaha How do we know that Obama is dead? WTF? You are confusing kids. Hope you are not a teacher by profession hey?

      StanSenamo - 2013-02-12 00:14

      Bafana, do you have any general knowledge? My kid is still small to comment on this platform but she knows that Obama is alive and kicking. I know you missed the S but you have to be hammered for that...hahahaha How do we know that Obama is dead? WTF? You are confusing kids. Hope you are not a teacher by profession hey?

      iNJBL - 2013-02-12 06:43

      Lol he said Obama.

      iNJBL - 2013-02-12 06:43

      Lol he said Obama.

      iNJBL - 2013-02-12 06:43

      Lol he said Obama.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:23

      Dude, it is Osama, not Obama.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:23

      Dude, it is Osama, not Obama.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:23

      Dude, it is Osama, not Obama.

  • Jason Lok - 2013-02-11 23:36

    they make it so dramatic they broke in, murdered ppl , transgressed all laws of a sovereign state, and left. Apparently dumped him into the ocean, bla bla bla, another 911 conspiracy, lies lies and mor lies

      brian.connell.18 - 2013-02-12 07:24

      Would you rather have bin Laden alive and well and planning even more outrageous acts of terror? Your contribution to this forum is ridiculous in the extreme.

      brian.connell.18 - 2013-02-12 07:24

      Would you rather have bin Laden alive and well and planning even more outrageous acts of terror? Your contribution to this forum is ridiculous in the extreme.

      brian.connell.18 - 2013-02-12 07:24

      Would you rather have bin Laden alive and well and planning even more outrageous acts of terror? Your contribution to this forum is ridiculous in the extreme.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:24

      Another idiot that believe Elvis is hiding in SA and the moon landing was a fake.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:24

      Another idiot that believe Elvis is hiding in SA and the moon landing was a fake.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:24

      Another idiot that believe Elvis is hiding in SA and the moon landing was a fake.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:44

      Perhaps the easter bunny will pay you a visit this year.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:44

      Perhaps the easter bunny will pay you a visit this year.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:44

      Perhaps the easter bunny will pay you a visit this year.

      george.frangs - 2013-02-12 07:49

      Johan, I saw Elvis and Hansie Cronje begging for change outside a Shell garage and an ATM.

      george.frangs - 2013-02-12 07:49

      Johan, I saw Elvis and Hansie Cronje begging for change outside a Shell garage and an ATM.

      george.frangs - 2013-02-12 07:49

      Johan, I saw Elvis and Hansie Cronje begging for change outside a Shell garage and an ATM.

      johnny.better.12 - 2013-02-12 08:09

      @Johan, off course Elvis is alive. I had drinks with him just the other day. Looking better than I would've thought...

      johnny.better.12 - 2013-02-12 08:09

      @Johan, off course Elvis is alive. I had drinks with him just the other day. Looking better than I would've thought...

      johnny.better.12 - 2013-02-12 08:09

      @Johan, off course Elvis is alive. I had drinks with him just the other day. Looking better than I would've thought...

  • Frikkie Botha - 2013-02-11 23:47

    hahaha....its not Obama but Osama you idiot!!!

  • kyle.r.lottering - 2013-02-11 23:54

    Its hard to believe anything the US government says. Big Brother is a manipulative dick!

  • zamani.myende - 2013-02-12 00:07

    Rubbi$h!

  • gelden.kuypers - 2013-02-12 00:14

    that is the biggest crab story ever

  • calvin.alec.7 - 2013-02-12 00:41

    USA can say whatever to please the world. I don't believe Bin Laden was killed. He is alive and enjoying life.

      iNJBL - 2013-02-12 06:44

      Yeah he had a COMPOUND in Pakistan and maybe in a compound in Nkandla.

      iNJBL - 2013-02-12 06:44

      Yeah he had a COMPOUND in Pakistan and maybe in a compound in Nkandla.

      iNJBL - 2013-02-12 06:44

      Yeah he had a COMPOUND in Pakistan and maybe in a compound in Nkandla.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:25

      After his sex change he is one of Zuma's wives.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:25

      After his sex change he is one of Zuma's wives.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:25

      After his sex change he is one of Zuma's wives.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:45

      Pperhaps Father Xmas left you some Noddy slippers for Xmas.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:45

      Pperhaps Father Xmas left you some Noddy slippers for Xmas.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:45

      Pperhaps Father Xmas left you some Noddy slippers for Xmas.

      diana.gill.18 - 2013-02-12 10:02

      Sorry to disappoint you but he is not. He knew to much to just go or stand the trial.

  • ganjabobby - 2013-02-12 02:06

    they *apparently* killed the most wanted man on earth, then quickly disposed of him without showing the world. Nothing, not even a candid photo like Gaddafi. Remember Hillary saying "We came, We saw, He Died", the US openly boasts about the slaying of Gaddafi, yet they keep mum about their arch enemy Bin Laden. But no, they throw him in the ocean. And their excuse was Muslim burial rights!.. For him?? We all saw that white house press release photo of Obama, Hillary & crew watching live video of the raid. Where's that video? That live helmet cam footage that the CIA themselves confirmed does not exist. Within a year there was a movie & several books, Obama was re-elected..

  • russell.sibusisoxaba - 2013-02-12 04:17

    This is a long serious series event to believe cause its a complicated saga.

  • barack.ofama.3 - 2013-02-12 05:13

    If Osama died, he died of natural causes.

  • Muzikayise Siziba - 2013-02-12 06:40

    Americans don't know when to stop

      rocky.bell.98 - 2013-02-12 06:51

      Just like the anc when it comes to fraud & corruption

      rocky.bell.98 - 2013-02-12 06:51

      Just like the anc when it comes to fraud & corruption

      rocky.bell.98 - 2013-02-12 06:51

      Just like the anc when it comes to fraud & corruption

      diana.gill.18 - 2013-02-12 10:03

      No wonder that at one stage the Yanks and the ANC used to work hand in hand.

  • shaunswindon - 2013-02-12 06:49

    What a load of rubbish.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-02-12 06:49

    Navy seals celebrates osama killing , Harry celebrates al qaeda killings . Bloody sick world full of hatred .

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:47

      Osama celebrates nearly 3000 dead in the Twin Towers attack on 9/11. Your right but very biased.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:47

      Osama celebrates nearly 3000 dead in the Twin Towers attack on 9/11. Your right but very biased.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:47

      Osama celebrates nearly 3000 dead in the Twin Towers attack on 9/11. Your right but very biased.

  • prince.mthalane.3 - 2013-02-12 06:58

    Is USA a real democracy? A country with only two parties to vote for and so much secrecy!

      rocky.bell.98 - 2013-02-12 07:24

      There is at least 34 political parties in America. "When in doubt, just Google it"

      rocky.bell.98 - 2013-02-12 07:24

      There is at least 34 political parties in America. "When in doubt, just Google it"

      rocky.bell.98 - 2013-02-12 07:24

      There is at least 34 political parties in America. "When in doubt, just Google it"

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:32

      Not more secrets than SA, is SA a real democracy with AA and BEE?

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:32

      Not more secrets than SA, is SA a real democracy with AA and BEE?

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 07:32

      Not more secrets than SA, is SA a real democracy with AA and BEE?

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:48

      Only some one completely ignorant of the US political system and no understanding of democracy could make such a stupid statement.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:48

      Only some one completely ignorant of the US political system and no understanding of democracy could make such a stupid statement.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-12 07:48

      Only some one completely ignorant of the US political system and no understanding of democracy could make such a stupid statement.

      jwdupreez - 2013-02-12 08:23

      It is like that all over the world. You are either LEFT (Liberal) or RIGHT (Conservative). Any other opinions (Parties) are middle of the road and therefore VERY opinionated about EVERYTHING

      jwdupreez - 2013-02-12 08:23

      It is like that all over the world. You are either LEFT (Liberal) or RIGHT (Conservative). Any other opinions (Parties) are middle of the road and therefore VERY opinionated about EVERYTHING

      jwdupreez - 2013-02-12 08:23

      It is like that all over the world. You are either LEFT (Liberal) or RIGHT (Conservative). Any other opinions (Parties) are middle of the road and therefore VERY opinionated about EVERYTHING

      dylan.sciarappa - 2013-02-12 08:27

      Rocky please only 2 parties get any media coverage in the us. There are only 2 parties

      dylan.sciarappa - 2013-02-12 08:27

      Rocky please only 2 parties get any media coverage in the us. There are only 2 parties

      dylan.sciarappa - 2013-02-12 08:27

      Rocky please only 2 parties get any media coverage in the us. There are only 2 parties

      buti.thekiso.5 - 2013-02-12 14:08

      Botha n deklerk,dekok,terrible'lunch,jalus walus,lamoer ,malan,derby lewis did it who cares?

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-12 06:59

    Why does he have financial woes when there was a $25 million bounty on Bin Ladens head??

      eric.f.moloi - 2013-02-12 16:32

      U cn ask again,it dooesnt make sense @ all,Obama n his propagandists have split it among thmselves

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-02-12 07:17

    The USA are masters at back stabbing! Did the same to the SA army during the raid in Angola in the 80's.

      george.frangs - 2013-02-12 07:43

      They only have their own interests and agendas.

      george.frangs - 2013-02-12 07:43

      They only have their own interests and agendas.

      george.frangs - 2013-02-12 07:43

      They only have their own interests and agendas.

      jwdupreez - 2013-02-12 08:20

      Mooi Piet - vertel hulle........If a Yank offers you help..run like hell want HKKGK...

      jwdupreez - 2013-02-12 08:20

      Mooi Piet - vertel hulle........If a Yank offers you help..run like hell want HKKGK...

      jwdupreez - 2013-02-12 08:20

      Mooi Piet - vertel hulle........If a Yank offers you help..run like hell want HKKGK...

  • Ren - 2013-02-12 07:20

    Surprise surprise he is not the first how about all the American soldiers from Vietnam. Fact if the USA withdraws all their troops deployed around the world they won't have enough jobs for all these people hence they need war to keep their men brainwashed and fighting in other countries. boom!

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-02-12 10:38

      Fact : If America had to withdraw all its overseas troops (largest station in Germany) , Europe would crumble under the pressure of paying for its own defence and cripple the economies in the provinces where the troops are stationed.

      karl.vanrooyen - 2013-02-12 11:58

      We should all realise that war is business. Look at the armaments industry .

  • rory.short1 - 2013-02-12 07:32

    If the community employs people in what are in essence life degrading occupations in that their essential purpose is to destroy other life forms then it is surely the community's responsibility to ensure that such people are able to look after themselves once they no longer wish to occupy their community sanctioned destructive roles.

  • Mandooza Mdu - 2013-02-12 07:46

    lying obama

  • george.frangs - 2013-02-12 07:47

    Does it always have to be a conspiracy theory?? Osama is not dead? REALLY guys? Maybe, just maybe, he is actually dead and he was a dirty rotten scum-bag that deserved it.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2013-02-12 08:03

      Spot on Bevan .Occums Razor , like i said its strange that Clinton can't keep a blow job from an intern secret but are fully capable of grand conspiracy . What would lying about Osama achieve ? Obama has lied , decieved and misrepresented nearly everything in his precendency and is still hugely popular so doubt it was for election purposes. Otherwise its people trying to feel special like they have some sort of inside info .

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2013-02-12 08:03

      Spot on Bevan .Occums Razor , like i said its strange that Clinton can't keep a blow job from an intern secret but are fully capable of grand conspiracy . What would lying about Osama achieve ? Obama has lied , decieved and misrepresented nearly everything in his precendency and is still hugely popular so doubt it was for election purposes. Otherwise its people trying to feel special like they have some sort of inside info .

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2013-02-12 08:03

      Spot on Bevan .Occums Razor , like i said its strange that Clinton can't keep a blow job from an intern secret but are fully capable of grand conspiracy . What would lying about Osama achieve ? Obama has lied , decieved and misrepresented nearly everything in his precendency and is still hugely popular so doubt it was for election purposes. Otherwise its people trying to feel special like they have some sort of inside info .

  • jj.murphy.965 - 2013-02-12 08:00

    Dead or alive who really cares.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 08:32

      The free world cares.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 08:32

      The free world cares.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-12 08:32

      The free world cares.

  • jj.murphy.965 - 2013-02-12 08:01

    Dead or alive,who cares

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2013-02-12 08:37

    It's hard to believe that bin Laden could not have been captured. But the US probably feared the reprisals during a trial more than the responses to this extra-judicial killing. For me this was not one of Obama's or Hillary's greatest moments.

  • fanie.brink.5 - 2013-02-12 08:44

    Reading the article, I've enjoyed every shot in my imagination!! I wished I was the one who pulled the trigger!!!

      ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-02-12 08:48

      You still pull the trigger pshyco , blow your stupid depressed brains out ! Bloody patient .

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-12 09:46

      Ray, interesting how angry you get about the death of a mass murderer. Kind of shows your feelings.

      mbonambi.muzi - 2013-02-12 16:24

      U r sick like Americans

  • diana.gill.18 - 2013-02-12 10:06

    Everyone seeks his own ways in gaining some bucks and fame: ones brag about sleeping with world-known celebrities, others break silence on state secrets. This guy must be really p@ssed off that he went and did the dirtiest job, but everyone praises Obomber.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2013-02-12 16:45

    America we have caught u sleeping,u cnt fool us anymore,show us a corpse b4 we believe de whole drama

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-02-12 22:57

    Their book remind me of another fairytale called the bible. Obsama is not dead. He just got a new face....

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2013-03-08 09:35

    why did he need a head shot? to prevent osama from killing himself??? both have the same end result, pretty dumb thinking oh but wait, c the yanks wanna take credit for putting a bullet in his head

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2013-03-08 09:38

    i feel very sorry for how soldiers are treated

  • Nico Venter - 2013-05-21 20:15

    There is an old, very true saying: Todays Army heros are tomorrows's hoboes. Here we see it once more again. Polititions create wars, soldiers fight them out.

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