‘Just do your jobs’: Navy admiral who orchestrated the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound reveals the advice he gave SEAL Team Six ahead of their mission to Abbottabad
- Admiral William McRaven organized and oversaw Operation Neptune Spear – the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound that ended in the al-Qaeda leader’s death
- Speaking on Saturday, McRaven said that he told SEAL Team Six ahead of the mission to ‘just do your jobs’
- However, he conceded that the Operation ‘felt different’ than others he had overseen due to its historic significance
- McRaven said that he wanted to ‘bring justice’ to the 2977 people killed by al-Qaeda on September 11
The Navy admiral who oversaw the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound has revealed the advice he gave to his team of SEALs as they prepared to confront the world’s most wanted terrorist.
In an interview with Fox & Friends on Saturday, Admiral William McRaven disclosed that he told the special ops of SEAL Team Six to ‘just do their jobs’.
Reminiscing on the raid – which ended in the death of bin Laden – the 63-year-old stated: ‘I told the guys, “It is going to be easy to get overcome by the moment, but just do your jobs”‘.
While McRaven claimed he wanted to approach the mission ‘just like any other’ he conceded that it ‘obviously felt different’.
On Saturday’s edition of Fox and Friends, Admiral William McRaven reminisced on Operation Neptune Spear – the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound
‘We knew that if bin Laden was there, that this was going to be a historic moment in terms of bringing justice to all those people that were killed in 9/11’, he told interviewer Pete Hegseth.
The mission – known as Operation Neptune Star – involved 25 Navy seals who raided the terrorist’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the early morning hours of May 2, 2011.
Bin Laden was shot and killed by decorated special forces soldier Rob O’Neill, who said earlier this week that he immediately knew he was confronting the terrorist.
Speaking on Fox Business Network on Wednesday, O’Neill stated: ‘I was sure when I saw him. When I saw him standing up on two feet I recognized his nose… his beard was short and white.’
25 Navy SEALs stormed the the terrorist’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan (pictured)
Bin Laden (left) was shot and killed by decorated special forces soldier Rob O’Neill (right)
O’Neill said that people inside the house also confirmed that Bin Laden was there.
‘There was a group of women that found him … and they turned out to be – one woman in particular – 100 percent right about 100 percent of the people inside,’ he said.
‘She was so frustrated saying “If you want a shot at Osama bin Laden he’s on the third floor of this house right now and I don’t understand why we are not leaving”‘.
O’Neill noted that bin Laden’s youngest of four wives, Amal bin Laden, confirmed that the raid by the SEALs killed her husband.
O’Neill is pictured speaking on Fox News Business earlier this week