The Mission to Get Osama Bin Laden

Posted: August 7, 2011 in General

An interesting read in the New Yorker. The article confirms what I had suspected, it was a kill operation, not a capture mission.

Nine years, seven months, and twenty days after September 11th, an American was a trigger pull from ending bin Laden’s life. The first round, a 5.56-mm. bullet, struck bin Laden in the chest. As he fell backward, the SEAL fired a second round into his head, just above his left eye. On his radio, he reported, “For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.” After a pause, he added, “Geronimo E.K.I.A.”—“enemy killed in action.”

via The Mission to Get Osama Bin Laden : The New Yorker.

This is known as the “double-tap” among those of us familiar with tactical shooting.

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