The Shooter: The man who shot Osama bin Laden


Rob O'Neill the Shooter  Bin Laden killer
For all of his professional life, Rob O’Neill lived in the shadows.

Indeed, his job was not to be seen. He would stalk Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, and hunt down targets in Iraq. On over 400 different missions, his role was behind-the-scenes tracking and co-ordination of operations.

His exploits were turned into three Hollywood films – yet still his identity remained a secret.

But he has now thrust himself firmly into the spotlight, with his decision to reveal that he was in fact the man who pulled the trigger and shot dead Osama bin Laden.

Breaking the Navy SEALs’ code of secrecy, Mr O’Neill has given an interview to Fox News in which he describes the events of May 2011. He had spoken previously, once giving an interview to Esquire magazine, but in that report he was only referred to as “The Shooter”.

And his decision to speak out has already angered military commanders, who have written a letter to all SEALs reminding them of their pledge to shun publicity.

“A critical tenant of our ethos is ‘I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions,’” wrote Rear Admiral Brian Losey, head of NSWC, and Michael Magaraci, the force master chief.

O’Neill has left the SEALs and become a motivational speaker – but in military eyes, that does not release him from his vows.

“Our ethos is a lifelong commitment and obligation, both in and out of the service. Violators of our ethos are neither team-mates in good standing, nor team-mates who represent Naval Special Warfare,” his former bosses wrote.

Mr O’Neill was aware of the condemnation he would face – a colleague, Matthew Bissonnette, wrote a book about the raid under a pseudonym, but his real identity leaked out and he has since found himself a social pariah.

But he went ahead anyway. Having left the force after 16 years, instead of the standard 20, Mr O’Neill was angered at his reduced pension and health care benefits and so decided to speak out.

His career began when he walked into a recruitment centre in his hometown of Butte, in Montana – he has said he signed up because he was left distraught by a girlfriend dumping him, while his father said it was because he had met a former SEAL who inspired him.

His father, Tom, still lives in the town – in a single-storey house where the garage is filled with stuffed moose, elk and bears from their childhood shooting trips. A full stuffed kodiak bear – a large brown bear, found in Alaska – has pride of place in his living room.

“My ex-wife gave birth to a man. We shouldn’t be cowering in fear,” said Tom O’Neill, when asked by the Mail Online if he was concerned about his son’s decision to speak publicly. “I support him in everything he is doing.”

Indeed, Tom O’Neill had every right to be immensly proud of his son.

Rob O’Neill advanced through the ranks to become one of the most senior of Navy SEALS.

In Afghanistan, in 2005, he oversaw an operation to track down and hunt a senior Taliban commander. That mission, entitled Operation Red Wings, was intended to capture Ahmad Shah, but went terribly wrong.

Three of the four SEALs were killed and a helicopter sent in for their aid was shot down with a rocket-propelled grenade, killing all eight SEALs and all eight special forces soldiers on board. Mr O’Neill was part of the team that helped bring the surviving soldier, Marcus Luttrell, back – in an operation turned into the film Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg.

In April 2009, when the captain of the Maersk Alabama ship was taken hostage by Somali pirates, O’Neill led the SEAL team to rescue him – being the first person to jump from the helicopter onto the floundering ship. That rescue was made into the film Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.

And, of course, then came the May 2011 raid on the Abbottabad compound – which became the film Zero Dark Thirty.

On leaving the force, O’Neill became a motivational speaker – describing himself as “one of the quiet professionals performing the most difficult tasks in the most difficult circumstances, serving his remarkable career in the shadows and keeping America safe in the process.”

He is no longer the man in the shadows.




42 responses to “The Shooter: The man who shot Osama bin Laden”

  1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    And thats the way they like it.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      He looks ready to shoot the camera..

      1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
        Maborlz Ez-Hari

        They don’t want to be getting too ahead of themselves, I remember when over 250 marines were needlessly killed in Beirut. Back then the war was black and white today it’s 50 shades of grey.

        1. Anti ISIS Avatar

          Needlessly my ass. What the hell were they doing there in the first place. I take it you don’t mind the west sticking it’s nose in Lebanon. However you seem to jump up and down if Iran gets a single mention. I say those marines got what they deserved at the hands of HA.

          1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
            Maborlz Ez-Hari

            No, i meant they shouldnt of sent them, they gave up 250 lives for nothing. Like i always say governments and leaders can bullshit all they like its still bullshit.
            Be it east, west, arab or jew but when people are losing their lives over this b.s its sad no mater who. So if i give it to hassoun doesn’t mean im singling him out he’s just one of many other fat bastards collecting wealth and privileges that are exclusive to only a select few.

          2. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            The U.S. marines were responding to pleas in Beirut from Chamoun, the president at the time. You must’ve forgotten who it was who started the problems back then.

            And the U.S. marines weren’t even taking part in combat, rather they were just stationed there to keep government building in Beirut protected…. Yet they deserve to be bombed terrorist style according to you because they were trying to keep Lebanon stable. Not sure of the reasoning there,

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            he was reading the propaganda again … not the history.

          4. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            No.. Reagan was responding to pleas in Israel from Begin to help strike the Shouf, Israeli soldiers couldn’t reach the mountain.. Marines big Gunboats aimed their deadly destruction at “delicate civilian homes” on the Jabal..

          5. Hind Abyad Avatar

            i know many who lived that War as it says in wiki-Babel, the Druze mountains sustained shellings from US gunboats, there were retaliation was War

          6. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            Certain Druze militias were working with the Lebanese Arab army (Made up of half Palestinians and funded by Syria) to fight against the Lebanese army. Like I said, the U.S. was playing a supporting role in keeping the government together. Notice when Hezbollah suicide bombed them in 85, that was when all hll broke loose in Lebanon.

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar

        ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ ?? Wait ’till you see the next story picture. :-)))

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    The age of ‘selfies’ …. And really, you Can’t expect full pension if you don’t put in full time.
    EVERY worker (with a plan) knows that.
    BUT this might finally cure us of having to listen to the ‘theorists’ who keep saying Bin Laden died years before. They will need to prove this guy is lying now. :-)))

    1. Reasonableman Avatar

      Im pretty sure the onus lies on the claimant but whatever. What was is gone

  3. So maybe he shot unarmed old religious man in front of his family so the truth about 911 would not be exposed in a public trial..
    This is how history will remember him.
    The Muslim haters , the supporters of the Assad regime and the world leading terrorists states will remain in denial, and make stupid noises like a herd of goats in the wilderness.

    1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
      Maborlz Ez-Hari

      Pfffffft. Yeah ok if you say so. History will read whatever say just make sure you write it in pencil so you can erase and change it when you need to.

    2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
      Maborlz Ez-Hari

      Isnt that how you guys roll?

      1. Anti ISIS Avatar

        No no Mab, they don’t roll like that. They only decapitate people because some ass hole cleric told them anybody who doesn’t follow their satanic belief is an iinfidel. Can you get your facts right please.

    3. MekensehParty Avatar

      Yeah, the History of the Fish civilization of the Indian Ocean will remember him like that
      On dry land humans will spit on his name and the misery he brought to the world
      you who believe he is an “unarmed religious man” can go join him in waterworld anytime.

    4. nagy_michael2 Avatar

      What about ISIS slaughtering innocent people including women and children.. What religion did he belong to when he and others masterminded the 9/11? The guy was doing his job nothing else mattered to him whether the guy was muslim, christian or anything else. Bin Laden was an enemy and he got what he deserve and more. Yah i read Bin Laden had videos of Porn. so much for religion..However I do hop Assad meets the same fate and Nassrallah as well.

      1. If you claim, ISIS is the genocidal bogey man, The only thing resembling a genocide in the past few decades in Iraq or Syria came from Assad, US and arguably Saddam.

        US besieged Iraq for over a decade causing the death of over a million children, only those who support genocide claim this is not genocide.

        Meanwhile, the Islamic State has already captured large swats of territory, there has been no genocide in any of their territories.

        Hundreds of thousands fled Mosul, some idiots claimed there was going to be a genocide, few days later, everyone went back to their homes.

        The claim there was a genocide happening against Yazidis, yet no Yazidi was massacred. Haters claimed Kurds were massacred, yet the Islamic State captured many Kurdish towns, there was no massacres.

        Meanwhile Iraqi militias are openly implementing systematic killings of Muslims, but that is not detected by your bigotry. Meanwhile the jets are bombing Muslims in Iraq and Syria, but your bigotry doesn’t detect such massacres and injustice.

        They claim hundreds of Islamic State fighters have been killed, a liar can say what ever a liar wants to say, last time I remember, US soldiers slaughtered an Afghan officer and two pregnant women in a marriage party, then they said it was an act of Honor killing committed by the Taliban.

        If we believe such liars, then we become fools.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          The carefully worded lines … are you re-directing blame? Again?
          ‘causing the death’ – but not killing them.
          ‘no genocide in any of their territories’ – just mass killings of anyone not already prostrated and waiting to praise them.
          ‘jets’ – of Assad as well as others, and ALL claim to kill few by that method.
          (even the idiots say ‘Nyah, nyah, you only got two. Missed me’)
          And as for the Kurds, I assume you are unhappy that the women are in charge of keeping ISISies away in Kobani. :-)))

      2. Anti ISIS Avatar

        keep hoping Nagy, They are different to that loser bin laden. Not only that bro, they have very powerful friends who protect them. Friends who will not desert them like the US who deserted bin Laden and Saddam once they were finished with them.

        1. The real lebanese Avatar
          The real lebanese

          Bin Laden and Saddam are no different than Nasrallah and Assad. All hate Democracy and twist religion to their benefit. And on top of that all four hate or hated Saudi Arabia and have ties to Iran in one way or another. Saddam gasses Iranians and Kurds, Assad gasses Sunnis. Bin Laden claimed to be a resistance to the soviets and Us, even though the U.S. was fighting for the majority of Afghanistan who didn’t want to live under Islamic rule. Nasrallah claims to be a resistance against Israel and now Takfiris (even though they invite the threat to Lebanon themselves) while the rest of Lebanon has to deal with the repercussions in infastructure and death toll, all while they remain on limited electricity and the militias party members don’t have to pay. They seem pretty similar to me….

          1. That’s “shits” for you and their attribute. They pollute the best of environments with their “shitiness”. They claim to be clean n pure but can “shit” be that!?

          2. Anti ISIS Avatar

            This is a question you need to ask yourself.

          3. Did you ask yourself that? If not pls do!
            Its not a secret that you “shits” don’t comprehend well but let me reiterate, that question was meant for you great “shits”!

          4. Anti ISIS Avatar

            I did ask myself that question, and the answer is, unfortunately no, You can not be pure. Now please, go have a shower you smelly piece of SHIT. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          5. Really even after asking you “shits” are still called “shits”, why?
            You “shits” were infallibles…purer than pure, strange you admitted that you “shits” are not. You “shits” are weird.
            Did you “shits” cleaned up the streets n your “shitty” bodies after the gala “shitsexual” festival?
            Glad you laughed so hard at your smartness. Pls keep laughing as you “shits” are famous for your brilliance!
            BTW, no amount of showers can make you “shits” smell less “shitty”. You “shits” started off and called as “shits” and will remain so until eternity!

          6. Anti ISIS Avatar

            For God sake, would you shower already.

          7. You are too smart to converse as rest of the “shits”! No wonder!
            Normal people are hygenic n care about their body odors unlike you “shits” who cannot get rid of the rotten smell n odor no matter how many shower’s or bath’s you take. You “shits” still smells like “shit”!
            No wonder why you all are called “shits”!

          8. Hind Abyad Avatar

            YaLibnan is not you toilet..

          9. Is it yours!?

          10. Like said earlier, why “shits” read n reply if it’s just mere stupidity n lies in the posts or is it not n hurts the hell out of…!?
            Just ignore if they are like you claim they are, why get all worked up n curse, abuse, intimidate, etc.!?
            You don’t do “shit” if a “shit” brags or goes after others! Why such hypocrisy n double standards!?
            You think people will stop exposing you just coz you want them not to!?
            It’s a futile act on your part, get back to reality n stop being such cry babies, super sensitive, thin skinned, etc. “Shits”!

          11. Hind Abyad Avatar


          12. As expected….. now go on with your “infantofidiocy” and quit being a double standard imbecile hypocrite n let others exercise their freedom of expression right!
            So long Wombat!

          13. Hind Abyad Avatar


          14. Hind Abyad Avatar

            The Anal Stage occurs at age two, better leave him to his occupation.

          15. Talking from your own life experiences!? Please go on with yours!

          16. Shu 2osstak?

      3. You know very well they are Iranian thugs. ASS ad=Isis=Hezshit=Iran
        Wherever they are chaos, treachery, bloodshed, etc. is not far away. At last smart people are seeing their “shitness”.

  4. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Can you imagine how many R.O’Neills are answering friendly phone calls.

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