A former US Marine officer has published a book in which he recounts the mission in which he allegedly shot and killed the leader of Al Qaeda. His story seems to conform perfectly to the official version of the facts.
Private Robert O’Neill, who claims to have shot Osama bin Laden, first published his detailed version of the mission that took place in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.
In an excerpt from his book, The Operator , of which excerpts were published in the British newspaper The Mirror , the former soldier described the moment when he believes he fired the two shots that killed bin Laden.
— Robert J. O'Neill (@mchooyah) April 25, 2017
“I turned to the right and looked in the next room […] Osama Bin Laden was near the entrance at the foot of the bed. He was taller and thinner than we imagined. There was a woman with him. Immediately, I aimed over his right shoulder and pulled twice with confidence. Bin Laden’s head has exploded, “he says.
According to O’Neil’s story, the soldiers had to climb the three floors of the house before reaching Bin Laden’s room. On their way, they tied and gagged the “four women and 17 children” of the former leader of Al Qaeda.
In his book, Robert O’Neill also recounts the particularly stressful moments of his mission, for example when the helicopter that was taking the elite squadron to which he belonged was forced to land in disaster outside the complex where the mission was supposed to unfold.
A story according to the official version
Bin Laden’s death has been a big deal for years. According to the official version, Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011 in his home near the Pakistani city of Abbotabad, during a US Special Forces operation. After a series of assessments, the terrorist’s body was thrown into the sea.
But in May 2015, the famous American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published a resounding article in the London Review of Books where he revealed that the American version of bin Laden’s death differed from what had really happened.
The key point of his article at the time was that the operation would not have been conducted solo by the United States – that it was not a secret and risky operation – but a mission joint US and Pakistan reconnaissance units.