The Assassination of Osama Bin Laden
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From The Register today: The US special-ops troops who killed Osama bin Laden at the weekend appear to have travelled to their target in previously unknown stealth helicopters. One of the secret choppers was disabled during the raid and blown up by the departing SEAL commandos in a largely successful attempt to prevent its technology falling into non-US hands, but surviving fragments of the tail offer intriguing clues as to the aircraft’s design. Looks like when the Seals try to destroy the disabled chopper by blowing it up. Problem is, the tail section remained somewhat intact. And from the pictures, it appears to be a never before seen “stealthy” design.
Here you have it; the artists’ renderings of what the secret helicopter that crased during the raid to kill Osama bin Laden might look like have begun to surface. Since the only photos of the beast to emerge so far show only the tail section, the drawings are pretty much based on imagination and educated guesswork, but they’re still entertaining. The first one, found on David Cenciotti’s blog , shows a chopper (we’ll call it the Stealth Hawk) that’s so souped up it’s pretty much a brand new helo save for the size and general shape. It makes the tricked out Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk look primitive in comparison. Here’s another image found on the militaryphotos forum.
Without knowing what he was doing, Sohaib Athar, a.k.a. @ReallyVirtual , has more or less just live-tweeted the raid in which terrorist Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday. The IT consultant resides in Abbottabad, the town where bin Laden was found and killed by a U.S. military operation.
By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 19:46 GMT, 3 May 2011 Obama watched assault on compound housing Bin Laden in real time Signal 'Geronimo' informed him terrorist was dead Terror chief blasted in head after refusing offer to surrender Three adults including Bin Laden's 'son' reportedly killed in raid Compound was yards from Pakistan's 'Sandhurst' military academy Body buried at sea after Saudi Arabia 'declines to take corpse' DNA tests 99.9 per cent certain man killed WAS Bin Laden U.S. embassies on alert over Al Qaeda reprisal attacks Obama and George W Bush both declare: 'Justice has been done' Hillary Clinton has her hand over her mouth in horror. Joe Biden looks incredulous. And, sitting quietly between them, still dressed in his golf clothes, sits Barack Obama.
By David Gardner UPDATED: 19:55 GMT, 2 May 2011 Luxury compound was only 60 miles from Pakistan capital Islamabad 40 minute shootout put an end to decade long hunt for terror chief Bin Laden refused to surrender and was eventually shot in the eye Body had to be carried away on foot after U.S. helicopter broke down Wanted man: Nearly 10 years after the 9/11 atrocities, a carefully planned U.S. operation led to Osama bin Laden being shot dead in Pakistan
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. / White House/Pete Souza
Shortly after eleven o’clock on the night of May 1st, two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lifted off from Jalalabad Air Field, in eastern Afghanistan, and embarked on a covert mission into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden. Inside the aircraft were twenty-three Navy SEAL s from Team Six, which is officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU . A Pakistani-American translator, whom I will call Ahmed, and a dog named Cairo—a Belgian Malinois—were also aboard. It was a moonless evening, and the helicopters’ pilots, wearing night-vision goggles, flew without lights over mountains that straddle the border with Pakistan. Radio communications were kept to a minimum, and an eerie calm settled inside the aircraft.
The helicopters swooped in the dead of night, flying in formation across the lower ranges of the Himalayas, then dropping precipitously on their target, a three-storey house on an acre of land in a wealthy suburb of Abbottabad, the training ground of Pakistan 's powerful military officer corps. In one of the houses nearby, Omar Nazeer, a 30-year-old official at Pakistan's petroleum ministry, was up late, working on his laptop. As the MH-60 Black Hawks thundered overhead he gave a start, spilling coffee on to the keyboard. "Our windows were shivering because the helicopters were so close," he said.
Stealth UH-60 Black Hawk revealed by Death of Osama bin Laden in Operation Neptune Spear | Defence Aviationby Larkins Dsouza on May 11, 2011 | | | digg The elite team of US Navy SEALs could enter into Pakistani Airspace without being noticed and execute the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The Pakistani Military base was just 1000 meters away from the compound in which the raid took place and it was just 100 Kilometers away from the Pakistani capital. This stunt had never been seen before. And it could have been impossible if the aircraft used in the raid were just normal helicopters.
emerging that "elements within the Pakistani military harboured Osama with the knowledge of Musharraf and Kayani". Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is the current army cheif. Ziauddin Butt, a former army chief, told a conference on Pakistani-US ties in October 2011 that according to his knowledge then director general of Intelligence Bureau, Brigadier (retd.)