Raiders knew mission a one-shot deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Those who planned the secret mission to get Osama bin Laden in Pakistan knew it was a one-shot deal, and it nearly went terribly wrong. The U.S. deliberately hid the operation from Pakistan, and predicted that national outrage over the breach of Pakistani sovereignty would make it impossible to try again if … Continue reading

The ‘massive’ bin Laden raid leak

1. The hero war dog’s name is Cairo Three large Chinook helicopters and two specially modified "stealth" Black Hawk helicopters flew from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, to a deserted staging area about 30 miles from bin Laden’s compound. The two Black Hawks — carrying 23 SEALs, one interpreter, and the tracking dog, Cairo — continued on to … Continue reading

Will Pakistan give the downed Navy SEALs helicopter to China?

By Josh Rogin As Congress prepares several ways to challenge U.S. aid funding to Pakistan following the revelation that Osama bin Laden had been hiding there for years, one senior congressman is highlighting the Pakistan-China relationship as a key reason to distrust Islamabad. "In 1998 Pakistan’s military and intelligence services facilitated the transfer to Communist … Continue reading

The SEAL Sensibility

From a member of the elite force, an inside look at the brutal training and secret work of the commandos who got Osama bin Laden. By ERIC GREITENS At Camp Pendleton in California, where I did my initial weapons training, we must have fired thousands of rounds at practice-range targets printed with the likeness of … Continue reading