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Meet The Navy Seal Who Killed Osama Bin Laden With ‘3 Shots To The Head’ (PHOTOS)

By Eseme MacDonald | Associate Editor on November 7, 2014
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The 38-year old Navy SEAL from Butte, Montana, who shot and killed former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden during a raid in his Abbottobad home, in Pakistan, on May 2, 2011,has finally  decided to reveal his identity as Rob O’Neill after three years.

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Rob O’Neill, Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 had recently made his identity public out of frustration and depression caused by lack of assistance by the military after he retired. (Photo Credit: Robert O’Neil/Twitter)

O’Neill confirmed this information to The Washington Post.

Earlier officials at the Pentagon who issued a statement in reaction to a Fox Network advertised documentary on the killing of Osama Bin Laden, warning any SEAL who participated in the operation was “still bound” by military non-disclosure agreements and could face criminal prosecution, Business Insider reports. The Pentagon did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday after O’Neill revealed himself to the Washington Post.

This makes O’Neill  the second SEAL out of the 23 involved in the raid to make his identity public after Matthew Bisonnette,  who wrote an inside account of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden and released his controversial book No Easy Day in 2012 – under the pen-name Mark Owen and immediately faced the ire of the Pentagon and fellow SEALs.

Bissonnette, right, says even his former commander has washed his hands of him in the wake of his book controversey
US President Barack Obama and Bissonnette, right (Photo Credit:CBS)
Hometown boy: Rob O'Neill is a native of Butte, Montana, and joined up after he was jilted by a sweetheart. He remains proud of his roots in the West
Rob O’Neill, Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 had recently outed himself out of frustration and depression caused by lack of assistance by the military after he retired. (Photo Credit: LinkedIn)
Life lessons: O'Neill now specializes in passing on what he has learned from his missions to audiences which have included the American Supply Association, a conference on composites, and a wealth management conference at which he said: 'Fear is healthy- panic will kill you.'
Rob O’Neill, Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 had recently outed himself out of frustration and depression caused by lack of assistance by the military after he retired. (Photo Credit: Robert O’Neil/Twitter)
Success: O'Neill has had a series of speaking engagements, all of them about applying the lessons of his time in the SEALs to business decision making with tops including: 'Preparation comes from planning, repetition and communication'
Rob O’Neill, Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 had recently outed himself  out of frustration and depression caused by lack of assistance by the military after he retired. (Photo Credit: Robert O’Neil/Twitter)
New role: O'Neill is now a regular motivational speaker and spells out a message about planning and training meaning it is possible to execute 
Rob O’Neill, Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 had recently outed himself out of frustration and depression caused by lack of assistance by the military after he retired. (Photo Credit: Robert O’Neil/Twitter)

Hollywood version: Zero Dark Thirty portrayed the struggle to find bin Laden and the extraordinary final raid on his hideout in AbbottabadLone survivor: O'Neill's SEAL team was featured in the Donnie Wahlberg movie about the only serviceman to return from a mission to kill a Taliban target in AfghanistanAt sea: O'Neill was the first SEAL to land on the Maersk Alabama and led to the successful rescue form Somali pirates of Captain Richard Phillips, who was played in the Hollywood hit by Tom HanksReal life: Footage of the actual rescue of Captain Phillips from Somali pirates, which was led by O'Neill

O’Neil had reportedly successfully embarked on over 400 combat missions, killed more than 30 targets and is “one of the most-decorated SEALs ever”

Lair: Bin Laden in his hide-out before SEAL Team Six were sent in to kill him. The al Qaeda leader was discovered by years of careful CIA work and two helicopters were scrambled to deploy the servicemen
Bin Laden in his hide-out before SEAL Team Six were sent in to kill him. The al Qaeda leader was discovered by years of careful CIA work and two helicopters were scrambled to deploy the servicemen. (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Aftermath: Crowds gathered outside the Abottabad compound after the daring mission to kill bin Laden, which took place under the cloak of darkness. O'Neill saw it all through night vision goggles
Crowds gathered outside the Abottabad compound after the daring mission to kill bin Laden, which took place under the cloak of darkness. O’Neill saw it all through night vision goggles. (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Bloodied: the aftermath of the raid showed some suggestion of what had happened as O'Neill and his team stormed the compound. His three shots to bin Laden's head killed the terror chief dead instantly and the SEALs then took his body with them. He was buried at sea to avoid creating a place of pilgrimage for other fanatics 
The aftermath of the raid showed some suggestion of what had happened as O’Neill and his team stormed the compound. His three shots to bin Laden’s head killed the terror chief dead instantly and the SEALs then took his body with them. He was buried at sea to avoid creating a place of pilgrimage for other fanatics. (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Mission: Senior White House figures including vice-president Joe Biden (far left) and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, joining President Obama to watch the mission in Pakistan unfold. O'Neill fired three bullets into bin Laden's head, killing him instantly
Senior White House figures including vice-president Joe Biden (far left) and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, joining President Obama to watch the mission in Pakistan unfold. O’Neill fired three bullets into bin Laden’s head, killing him instantly. (Photo Credit:Reuters)

Speaking exclusively with Mail Online in an interview Rob O’Neil’s 65-year old father, Tom O’Neill, said ‘People are asking if we are worried that ISIS will come and get us because Rob is going public. I say I’ll paint a big target on my front door and say come and get us.’

Rob O’Neill is an ex-member of SEAL Team Six whose achievement had been acted in three movies including, Zero Dark Thirty, Captain Phillips and Lone Survivor.

According to the Mail Online, Rob O’Neill is one of the most distinguished members ever of the elite force – but now faces being frozen out of its circles for revealing its most closely-held secrets.

O’Neill was personally congratulated by President Barack Obama for killing bin Laden at close range with three shots to his forehead although some people contrarily maintained that O’Neill shot him once, leaving him mortally-wounded before two other SEALs later killed him with further shots to the chest.

This gives a tip of an iceberg on the whole questions on how the terrorist was killed, .

O’Neil said to be a highly-decorated veteran, was forced to speak out of frustration and depression after losing military assistance when he retired from the military after 16 years of service, instead of completing the full 20 years of service.

An interview had been scheduled by Fox News with SEAL Rob O’Neill next week where he is expected to narrate how he was able to kill Bin Laden and why he had decided to own up just recently.

 

 

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