Thought Osama Bin Laden Raid Was 'One-Way Mission', Says Ex-US Navy SEAL

The former navy SEAL is the author of 'The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Bin Laden'.

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Thought Osama Bin Laden Raid Was 'One-Way Mission', Says Ex-US Navy SEAL

Former US Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill claims to have killed Osama bin Laden in Abottabad.

Washington:  Former US Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill, who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, has said that he considered the raid in Abottabad to be a "one-way mission" and bought farewell gifts for his children. 

"I wasn't afraid. I was just focussed... We were preparing to not come home," the former Navy SEAL told CNN about his preparations ahead of the operation. He also mentioned his "last conversation" with his father ahead of the raid in Pakistan.

"My father, he and I talked. We would talk before a lot of missions. He would joke, 'I wish I could go with you'. I would say, 'I know  dad. I wish you could too,'" Mr O'Neill said. 

"I said I am with some great guys. That was the last conversation," he added. 

However, the ex-navy SEAL does not consider the Abbottabad raid as among the "most difficult targets we've been on". 

"They selected a group of combat veteran navy SEALs. We had all done it hundreds and hundreds of times. It was the best team I've ever been a part of," Mr O'Neill said.

"We were given the most time to prepare for this mission. So, we knew the outside of the compound very well," he added.

"I saw bin Laden, and he was a threat, he was not surrendering... I treated him as if he were a suicide bomber, which I assumed he was, and I shot him," the former navy SEAL further said.

Robert O'Neill has been criticised by many after going public with his story. However, he said that "some will be happy and some will be upset" with his decision to tell his story.

The former navy SEAL is the author of 'The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Bin Laden'.

(with inputs from PTI)

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