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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 »

Ohio Cops Stop Speeder, Find 48 Bombs

Indiana man had blueprints for Navy SEAL facility

(Newser) - A man stopped for speeding in Ohio turned out to have 48 bombs, four loaded guns, and blueprints for a Navy SEAL training facility in his car, prosecutors have revealed. Andrew Scott Boguslawski, an Indiana National Guardsman who also works as a groundskeeper at the training facility, also had a... More »

Raids Indicate Obama Is Souring on Drone Strikes

Official says they were trying to limit civilian casualties

(Newser) - The US' twin raids in Somalia and Libya are a sign that the Obama administration wants to ease off on its controversial drone strikes, and give the military a greater role in fighting terrorists, US officials tell the LA Times . While officials could have used drone-fired missiles to take out... More »

'Ikrima,' Target of Failed US Raid, Plotted UN Attack

Al-Shabab leader tied to 1998 US embassy attack: White House source

(Newser) - In this weekend's raid in Somalia , Navy SEALs were after an al-Shabab leader named Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, who had plotted foiled attacks targeting Kenya's parliament and the UN office in Nairobi, according to a Kenyan intelligence document obtained by the AP . Abdulkadir, who is also known as Ikrima,... More »

US Nabs al-Qaeda Honcho in Libya Raid

Kerry: Terrorists 'can run but they can't hide'

(Newser) - US special forces captured a Libyan al-Qaeda leader linked to the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, seizing him outside his Tripoli home and whisking him out of the country. A Navy SEAL team that swam ashore hours earlier in Somalia engaged in a fierce firefight but failed... More »

US Responds to Kenya Mall Attack, Raids Leader's House

Navy SEALs raid stronghold of al-Shabab leader in Somalia

(Newser) - A team of Navy SEALs raided the house of a senior al-Shabab leader in Somalia today—a response to the group's deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall last month , according to US officials. Initial reports claimed the leader had been captured, but an official now says that he... More »

Eavesdropping Satellites Helped US Catch bin Laden

Snowden documents reveal tools used by NSA, CIA in hunt

(Newser) - The latest Edward Snowden revelations in the Washington Post show that the US spends a mind-boggling $52.6 billion a year on its massive surveillance programs. And just what have we gotten for the money? Well, the feds would argue, Osama bin Laden. A separate Post story details how the... More »

Police Chief's 1987 Lie Catches Up With Him

Robert Kerkorian demoted after just 2 months over Navy SEAL claims

(Newser) - Here's one way to lose your gig as police chief: talk about a stint as a Navy SEAL trainee that never happened. That's what Robert Kerkorian allegedly did, and yesterday he resigned his post in Waukegan, Ill., after being asked to do so by the mayor. Kerkorian wrote... More »

Transgender Ex-Navy SEAL Shares Her Story

Kristin Beck—formerly Chris—kept quiet during 20 years of service

(Newser) - This former Navy SEAL served in the military for 20 years and deployed 13 times to countries from Bosnia to Afghanistan. During those years, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient Chris Beck was known as a man—but after leaving service in 2011, she came out as transgender. Last night,... More »

Disguised SEAL Team Sixer Will Testify in Manning Trial

Government wants a host of other witnesses to testify in secret as well

(Newser) - A member of the team that took down Osama bin Laden will testify in the trial of Bradley Manning wearing a "light disguise," the judge has ruled. The SEAL will testify under the name "John Doe" in a closed session at a secret alternative location on June... More »

Navy SEAL Killed in Parachute Accident

He collided with anoher SEAL during training in Arizona

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL was killed today during a parachute training exercise near Tucson, reports the Arizona Republic . The SEAL collided in mid-air with another SEAL, and the second man remains hospitalized in stable condition. Both men, from the East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit, were practicing free-fall maneuvers when they... More »

Now Esquire Calls CNN's bin Laden-Shooter Story BS

Says a September CNN exclusive contradicts its latest report

(Newser) - First came the story , via Esquire, of the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden, only to now find himself unemployed and without health care. Then came rebuttal No. 1 , in which Esquire and Stars and Stripes battled over the health care claim. This week saw takedown No. 2, in... More »

Who Shot bin Laden? SEAL Calls One Account 'Total BS'

He disputes 'Esquire' story, says anonymous 'point man' deserves credit

(Newser) - Remember the former Navy SEAL who came forward to describe how he killed Osama bin Laden but now can't find a job? The account by "The Shooter" in Esquire of how the raid went down is "total BS," another SEAL tells CNN . The guy who deserves... More »

Bin Laden Shooter Only Has Himself to Blame: Admiral

SEAL knew what he was giving up: admiral

(Newser) - The SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden may be missing out on a pension, healthcare for his family, and other benefits, but that's on him, according to the commander of Naval Special Warfare Command. Rear Adm. Sean Pybus says "the Shooter," as he was called in the... More »

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