The special forces commando who brought down Osama bin Laden said he had no choice but to kill the terrorist kingpin, fearing he had a gun or suicide explosives close at hand.
The Navy SEAL team member, identified only as “The Shooter” by Esquire magazine, describes the three shots that delivered sudden justice to the world’s most despised man.
Bin Laden appeared to push his youngest wife toward the advancing SEALs before the fatal bullets were fired inside his safe house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011.
“He’s got a gun on a shelf right there, the short AK he’s famous for. And he’s moving forward,” the shooter said.
“I don’t know if she’s got a vest and she’s being pushed to martyr them both. He’s got a gun within reach. He’s a threat. I need to get a head shot so he won’t have a chance to clack himself off [blow himself up].”
In that fateful moment, the shooter told the mag he knew what needed to be done.
“In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead. Bap! Bap! The second time as he’s going down. He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again, Bap! same place,” he said.
“That time I used my EOTech red-dot holo sight. He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out. I watched him take his last breaths, just a reflex breath.”
The shooter’s clean shot at bin Laden was made possible by a fellow SEAL who brilliantly lured out and killed the terrorist’s son — and last line of defense.
The shooter was about five people in back of a line, following their point man who had spotted bin Laden’s armed, 23-year-old son was just ahead.
“I heard him whisper, ‘Khalid… come here’ in Arabic, then in Pashto. He used his name. That confused Khalid. He’s probably thinking, ‘I just heard s—-y Arabic and s—-y Pashto. Who the f–k is this?’ He leaned out, armed with an AK, and he got blasted by the point man,” the shooter said in the interview.
“That call-out was one of the best combat moves I’ve ever seen. Khalid had on a white T-shirt and, like, white pajama pants. He was the last line of security.”
Seconds after killing bin Laden — and in the high of that moment — the shooter said he had an understandable mix of emotions.
“And I remember as I watched him breathe out the last part of air, I thought: ‘Is this the best thing I’ve ever done, or the worst thing I’ve ever done?’ ” the shooter said. “This is real and that’s him. Holy s–t.”
The shooter explained the months of preparation and dry runs in a model of bin Laden’s safe house built in North Carolina.
Source: NY Post