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Fox News Channel has made a two-part documentary, airing Tuesday and Wednesday nights, in which Robert O’Neill talks about killing Osama Bin Laden. Robert O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL who says he shot and killed Osama Bin Laden told Fox News in an interview broadcast Tuesday that he was 100% sure he was going on “a one way mission.” O’Neill explained he wrote letters to his loved ones because he thought the “chances of dying” during the raid “were really high.” In the event he didn’t return, he said he wanted his family to know “why it had to happen” and that he was participating in “the most important mission since Washington crossed the Delaware.”
In part one of The Man Who Killed Usama bin Laden, Rob O’Neill described how he went from a kid growing up in Butte, Montana to become the highly-trained SEAL who pulled the trigger in the famous mission at bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011. O’Neill, who rose up in the ranks to become a member of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6, had previously been a part of missions such as the rescue of the crew of the Maersk Alabama from Somali pirates, whose story was told in the movie Captain Phillips.
O’Neill said CIA agents told the team only bits of information about the raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottobad, Pakistan beforehand, including “a few names that didn’t make sense.”
“The more we trained on it, the more we realized…this is going to be a one-way mission,” he said. “We’re going to go and we’re not going to come back. We’re going to die when the house blows up. We’re going to die when he blows up. Or we are going to be there too long and we’ll get arrested by the Pakistanis and we’re going to spend the rest of our short lives in Pakistan prison.”
O’Neill said he believes he was the last person bin Laden saw before he died, and he has thought about the mission every day in the years since it happened. “I’m still trying to figure out if it’s the best thing I’ve ever done or the worst thing I’ve ever done,” he said.
If you want to catch Part Two of The Man Who Killed Usama bin Laden, watch Fox News Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. ET.
In an interview last week with the Washington Post, O’Neill said that the first shots fired at bin Laden missed and that he “was first to tumble through the doorway of bin Laden’s bedroom that night, taking aim at the terrorist leader as he stood in darkness behind his youngest wife. In an account later confirmed by two other SEALs, the Montana native described firing the round that hit bin Laden squarely in the forehead, killing him instantly.”
However after deciding to go public O’Neill is now being shunned by his former colleagues who have always maintained a strict code of secrecy.