On the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 back in 2001, the Navy SEAL credited with killing one of the attack’s masterminds shared a different memory.
According to AMN NEWS, In a tweet Wednesday evening, Rob O’Neill, who is personally credited for taking the shot that killed bin Laden, described the final moments of Osama bin Laden’s life during the SEAL Team 6 raid on bin Laden’s Pakistan compound on May 2, 2011.
“Osama bin Laden died scared shitless. Hiding behind his wife,” O’Neill said.
Osama bin Laden died scared shitless. Hiding behind his wife.
— Robert J. O'Neill (@mchooyah) September 12, 2019
Bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda terrorist group and the mastermind behind the attacks, was killed in an early morning raid that day.
Under bin Laden’s leadership of al Qaeda, he declared war on the U.S. in August of 1996, citing U.S. military presence in Saudi Arabia.
On May 2, 2011, O’Neill and other members of SEAL Team 6 flew over bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound in Pakistan, neighboring Afghanistan. The SEALs raided the compound and killed the terrorist leader in a mission called Operation Neptune Spear.
RIGHT NOW in 2011, U.S. Navy SEALS storm an Al Qaeda compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan and kill Osama bin Laden. pic.twitter.com/AIEXuPFVV5
— Military History Now (@MilHistNow) May 1, 2018
In a 2018 Fox News interview, O’Neill said he was watching the news of his team’s own mission break while they stood over his body and law enforcement officials conducted the DNA testing to verify bin Laden’s remains.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 1, 2018
“It was such an awesome night,” he continued. “It was such an honor […] to be a part of that incredible team.”
O’Neill also credited the work of Air Crews and supporting Army Rangers who assisted in the overall mission to take down bin Laden.
He said he was surprised by the turns of events that put him into position to take the shot.
“It was never going to be me, I was never going to be a part of that mission. He was just a ghost,” O’Neill said. “Just to get to that spot, delivered by the pilots […] and to get into that position in the last room because of teammates in front of me.” [Read More]