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Monday, May 2, 2011

These Are The Weapons Used To Take Down Bin Laden

Robert W. Johnson and Gus Lubin
Details are emerging about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
The terrorist leader was located in a compound protected by concrete walls and barbed wire.
The secret 'Seal Team 6' led the attack. A SEAL team typically has eight members.

A MH-60

They were transported in modified MH-60 helicopters. One was destroyed by special forces after it appeared to stall over the compound. Planners were reportedly terrified of another Black Hawk Down scenario, when a downed helicopter stranded troops in enemy territory. However, they were able to depart in a reinforcement craft.

A MH-60 costs about $28 million to produce.

By all reports, the SEAL team used small arms, such as M4 or M16 machine guns. The Navy SEALS carry SIG Sauer P226 pistols for close combat.

The team probably used thermal imaging to see through walls and determine where everyone was.

Although it was initially reported that Bin Laden was killed after resisting arrest, military officials have admitted that they planned to kill him. He was shot twice in the left side of his face. 22 people were killed in the raid; presumably everyone in the compound.

Seal Team 6 used facial recognition devices to confirm Bin Laden's identity, along with DNA testing.

Each pilot and soldier may have carried a helmet camera, transmitting live images to the White House, a source tells us.

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