The hunt for the most wanted terrorist in the world has ended, and there is no surprise in the fact that this end was brought about with the assistance of the elite Navy SEALs. While it may be an operation that could have come from a Hollywood flick, this is, in fact, the real deal.
A feature on the Navy Times shared that the operation that resulted in the demise of Osama bin Laden was carried out by SEAL Team Six, based on information provided by officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The military, however, has not confirmed this information. In true SEAL tradition, there will be no brandishing of weapons and bragging through photos with painted faces; the SEALs do not publicly claim credit for such successes.
It is said that units from SEAL Team Six had dropped into the high-walled compound in Pakistan where bin Laden was staying. The operation was conducted early Monday morning local time, with the SEALs reportedly sliding down ropes into the compound.
Rear Adm. Edward Winters, the head of the Navy SEALs, has sent a congratulatory e-mail to his forces – but this was accompanied by a warning to keep information in the strictest confidence: “Be extremely careful about operational security… The fight is not over.”
The elite SEAL unit is officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU. They consist of only a few hundred forces, and are based in Dam Neck, Virginia. They are part of a special operations brotherhood who dubs themselves as “the quiet professionals.”
The identities of its commanding officers have not been revealed, in order to provide them and their families with protection from possible retaliation by militant groups.