SEAL Team Six: 10 questions on the operation that killed Osama bin Laden
‘SEAL Team Six,’ as operatives are commonly known, conducted a raid and killed Osama bin Laden. Here are nine questions and answers about the operation.
8. How had the Navy SEALs prepared for the operation?
Special operators conducted “red team” drills – designed to identify major glitches in military operations – and regularly briefed Obama on their progress. The White House conducted at least five National Security Council meetings on the topic since the middle of March, according to a senior administration official.
In the drills, the Navy SEALs had numerous factors to take into account. The high walls of the compound, complete with barbed wire, and the suburban location in the midst of civilians “made this an especially dangerous operation,” said the official.