Navy SEAL Team Six (DEVGRU): The Men Who Killed Osama bin Laden
Navy SEAL Team Six: Who Pulled the Trigger and Killed Osama bin Laden?
It was Navy SEAL Team Six (ST6) who stormed the mansion in Abbottabad where Osama bin Laden and his family were hiding. When the news emerged that the founder of al-Qaeda was killed, people wanted to know who actually pulled the trigger. The general consensus on Twitter was that the shooter would be getting free drinks for life.
Navy SEAL Team Six is officially known as the Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). Formed in 1980 in the aftermath of the Iran hostage crisis, Team Six was, even in name, an attempt at obfuscation: it was really only the third Navy SEAL team to be created.Like its counterpart, the US Army's Delta Force, everything about Team Six is secret.
Whoever actually pulled the trigger will become a microcosm of the "war on terror": he had to kill a woman who was used as a human shield, too, according to some reports. Team Six's members have been told to keep details of the bin Laden strike to themselves, which should come as no surprise.
There are details of the operation which we'll probably never learn, at least not through official channels. Did Navy SEAL Team Six have any intention of capturing Osama bin Laden alive? After all, killing him and burying his body at sea means no grave site for the al-Qaeda faithful to rally around.
As for an Osama bin Laden death photo, there's no way that one won't leak. A real one, not a fake bin Laden death pic. For now, it's known that up to 25 Navy SEALs aboard two helicopters stormed bin Laden's compound. How can they keep the team's identity a secret? Well, the Pentagon says it managed to keep the mission secret from the Pakistani government, even though the entire operation took place within Pakistan.