Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What Happend That Night In Abbottabad : Nicholas Schmidle

If you haven't read Nicholas Schmidle's report titled 'Getting Bin Laden: What happened that night in Abbottabad' you need to! It gives a great first person perspective account of the details and the overall big picture. You come to find out that several of the Seals opted to carry HK MP7's while others chose silenced M4s; amongst other things. It is amazing how close the mission came to becoming a complete disaster, but shows why the American fighter will always come out on top; and even excels when improvising.

Here's an excerpt:
Minutes after hitting the ground, Mark and the other team members began streaming out the side doors of helo one. Mud sucked at their boots as they ran alongside a ten-foot-high wall that enclosed the animal pen. A three-man demolition unit hustled ahead to the pen’s closed metal gate, reached into bags containing explosives, and placed C-4 charges on the hinges. After a loud bang, the door fell open. The nine other SEALs rushed forward, ending up in an alleylike driveway with their backs to the house’s main entrance. They moved down the alley, silenced rifles pressed against their shoulders. Mark hung toward the rear as he established radio communications with the other team. At the end of the driveway, the Americans blew through yet another locked gate and stepped into a courtyard facing the guesthouse, where Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, bin Laden’s courier, lived with his wife and four children.

Three SEALs in front broke off to clear the guesthouse as the remaining nine blasted through another gate and entered an inner courtyard, which faced the main house. When the smaller unit rounded the corner to face the doors of the guesthouse, they spotted Kuwaiti running inside to warn his wife and children. The Americans’ night-vision goggles cast the scene in pixellated shades of emerald green. Kuwaiti, wearing a white shalwar kameez, had grabbed a weapon and was coming back outside when the SEALs opened fire and killed him.

"For God and Country... Geronimo."


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