Navy SEALs

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SEAL Rescuers Just Missed Western Hostages

They were looking for professors kidnapped in Kabul

(Newser) - Navy SEALs attempted one of the daring rescues they're famous for after the kidnapping of an American and an Australian in Kabul last month—but officials say they missed the men by what was probably just hours. Officials tell the New York Times that seven insurgents were killed in... More »

Death of Navy SEAL Trainee Ruled a Homicide

Autopsy report finds James Lovelace was dunked multiple times by an instructor

(Newser) - A medical examiner ruled the death of a Navy SEAL trainee a homicide, saying his instructor repeatedly dunked him during a pool exercise while the 21-year-old was struggling, the AP reports. The homicide ruling on the May 6 drowning of James Lovelace raises questions about the safety of the grueling... More »

Report: 'American Sniper' Exaggerated His War Record

The Intercept finds discrepancies in account of Chris Kyle

(Newser) - Chris Kyle of American Sniper fame was a Navy SEAL who acted heroically in combat. That part isn't in dispute. He just didn't act as heroically as he claimed in his best-selling book, according to a report at the Intercept . In the book, which was made into a... More »

Sources Blame Instructor for SEAL Trainee's Death

He 'held the student underwater until he drowned,' source says

(Newser) - The Navy isn't telling the full story about the death of a SEAL student during a training exercise last week, multiple sources tell NBC and the Virginian-Pilot . The sources say James Derek Lovelace died not during a "drown proofing" drill, but during the even tougher "combat tread"... More »

Navy SEAL Training Has Been Deadly in Recent Months

3 deaths reported during last 4 training courses

(Newser) - Twenty-one-year-old James Lovelace died last week while undergoing the rigorous—and dangerous—training to become a Navy SEAL. Now the Washington Post reports he isn't alone. Lovelace's was the third death over the past four Navy SEAL training programs. Caplen Weare died in November while drinking and driving... More »

Navy SEAL Student Dies in 'Legendarily Difficult' Course

James Derek Lovelace was attempting to do an exercise called 'drown proofing'

(Newser) - An underwater training course for Navy SEALs that the Washington Post calls "legendarily difficult" proved fatal Friday for one student at a California naval station. James Derek Lovelace, 21, who had just joined the Navy six months ago and completed basic training in January, was wrapping up the last... More »

Lawmaker: Let SEALs Keep Their Combat Rifles

SEALs are made to 'share' their customized weapons after deployment ends

(Newser) - The tip of the spear may be losing its edge. Navy SEAL teams don't have enough combat rifles to go around, even as these highly trained forces are relied on more than ever to carry out counterterrorism operations and other secretive missions, according to SEALs who have confided in... More »

In Rare Occurrence, Active-Duty SEAL Gets Medal of Honor

Edward Byers Jr. helped to save abducted doctor

(Newser) - President Obama shined a spotlight on a "special breed of warrior" as he awarded the nation's highest military honor Monday to a Navy SEAL who participated in a daring 2012 raid that rescued an American hostage in Afghanistan. Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers Jr. is the... More »

Navy SEAL Kept Secret Pic of bin Laden Corpse: Report

Matt Bissonnette's business dealings now under investigation

(Newser) - A former Navy SEAL who took part in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden kept a secret photo of the terrorist's corpse, sources say. Matt Bissonnette—who landed in hot water over his best-seller about the 2011 raid—turned over a hard drive containing the photo to US... More »

'Ultimate Test of a Man's Will' to Soon Be Open to Women

Navy chief says there's no reason why women can't be SEALs

(Newser) - Navy SEALs go through some of the toughest military training in the world, and the Navy's top officer believes any woman who can get through it has earned a place on the elite force. "Why shouldn't anybody who can meet these [standards] be accepted? And the answer... More »

The Bloody Truth About SEAL Team 6

Elite unit is overused, not well supervised, 'NYT' says

(Newser) - T he killing of Osama bin Laden made SEAL Team 6 the stuff of legends, but a New York Times report says the special-ops unit has "transformed … into a global manhunting machine," with troubling claims that the once-elite team is now being overused for day-to-day death missions,... More »

Report: White House Lied About Killing of bin Laden

Journalist Seymour Hersh writes that Pakistan knew al-Qaeda leader's location

(Newser) - A lengthy new report by the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh turns the official account of Osama bin Laden's assassination on its head. In the London Review of Books , Hersh writes that the US didn't, as it has said, discover bin Laden's location through couriers. Instead, top Pakistani... More »

Navy Investigating Alleged bin Laden Killer Over Leaks

Robert O'Neill 'may have revealed classified information': NCIS

(Newser) - Exactly which Navy SEAL killed Osama bin Laden still isn't clear , but one who claims to have done it is now facing a criminal probe over leaks about the raid, the Daily Beast reports. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has received allegations that Robert O'Neill "may have... More »

Navy SEAL: Bin Laden 'Died Afraid'

Robert O'Neill says he doesn't care if people don't believe his story

(Newser) - The former Navy SEAL who may or may not have fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden tells CNN that the al-Qaeda leader "died afraid." Robert O'Neill, who was part of the Navy SEAL Team 6 that stormed bin Laden's compound, says he relayed that... More »

SEALs Squabble Over Who Killed bin Laden

Some say unidentified point man fired fatal shot, not Robert O'Neill

(Newser) - Robert O'Neill says his bullet killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in 2011, but others aren't so sure. It's a little confusing, but as Reuters and the New York Times report, there were apparently three SEALs involved: a point man and two other shooters. In a 2013... More »

Navy SEAL Says He Killed bin Laden

Robert O'Neill says talking to relatives of 9/11 victims made him come forward

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL tells the Washington Post that he is the person who fatally shot Osama bin Laden in the head. Robert O'Neill, 38, planned on identifying himself publicly next week in interviews with the Post and Fox News, but he's doing so now after a website named... More »

Website IDs the bin Laden 'Shooter'

Pentagon not happy with Navy SEAL, said to be same man appearing in Fox special

(Newser) - The Navy SEAL who says he's the one who killed Osama bin Laden was identified yesterday as Robert O'Neill by SOFREP , a website dedicated to military and special-ops news. O'Neill is said to be the same man referred to as "The Shooter" in a March 2013... More »

Man Who Killed bin Laden to Reveal His Identity

Former SEAL will recount raid on Fox News

(Newser) - The Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden dead in a 2011 raid is planning to reveal his identity to the world—starting with Fox News. The man known as "The Shooter" will be interviewed by the network for a two-part special airing on Nov. 11 and 12 called... More »

Navy SEALs Seize Hijacked Oil Tanker

Libyan rebels had been trying to sell oil on black market

(Newser) - US Navy SEALs boarded a hijacked oil tanker early today in international waters off Cyprus, wresting control of the vessel from Libyan rebels who were attempting to sell the oil on the black market. The Morning Glory initially sailed into a Libyan port under a North Korean flag early last... More »

US Troops Carried 'Backpack Nukes' for 25 Years

Elite units were trained to use these weapons on battlefields

(Newser) - The US kept quite an arsenal of nuclear bombs and missiles during the Cold War, but not everyone knows about its plans to use "backpack nukes," reports the Smithsonian via Foreign Policy . Elite troops learned to use the bombs—called B54 Special Atomic Demolition Munitions (SADMs)—in case... More »

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