A Navy SEAL who helped take down Osama bin Laden has opened up about how the harrowing reminiscences of 9/11 helped him undergo with the life-threatening mission.
Robert O’Neill, from Montana, was a part of the SEAL Team Six who carried out Operation Nepture Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and efficiently killed the al-Qaeda chief in May 2011.
Bin Laden was the architect of the 9/11 assaults, the place 2,977 individuals misplaced their lives after 4 planes had been hijacked, two hitting the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York.
Here, in an unique extract for The Only Plane in the Sky: The Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M.Graff, O’Neill reveals how he and the remainder of the crew had been anticipating to die on the mission which led them to the place the terrorist chief had been hiding since the assaults.
After having a ‘final meal’ along with his household, O’Neill stated he nonetheless went by way of with the mission as a result of he was powered by the harrowing reminiscence of the individuals who jumped to their loss of life from the Twin Towers.
Robert O’Neill (pictured), from Montana, was a part of the SEAL Team Six, who carried out Operation Nepture Spear in Pakistan, in 2011, and efficiently killed the al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden
Nearly 3,000 individuals misplaced their lives on 9/11, together with 2,606 who died in the World Trade Center assaults (pictured) after 4 United Airlines planes had been hijacked by al-Qaeda
‘People had been saying to one another on the mission, “If we know we’re going to die, why are we going to go?” Then we talked about the individuals who jumped out of the Towers on a Tuesday morning,’ he stated.
‘They did not wish to, they did not know was was occurring – all they knew was that it was 2,500 levels Fahrenheit and the higher different than no matter hell was occurring inside, in Windows on the World or at Cantor Fitzgerald, was to leap.
What was Operation Neptune Spear?
Operation Neptune Spear happened after CIA analysts tracked down the al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
bin Laden was killed by SEAL Team Six slightly after 1am, Pakistan time, on May 2 2011.
The CIA led the operation in a joint effort with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) which coordinated the actions of the particular models concerned in the raid.
This concerned the SEAL Team Six, of which Robert O’Neill was part of, the one hundred and sixtieth Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), also called the Night Stalkers, and the CIA’s Special Activities Division.
The raid was intently adopted by President Barack Obama from the White House.
The groups flew from Afghanistan to Pakistan to be able to full the strike. After he was killed throughout the raid, bin Laden’s physique was recognized in Afghanistan and buried at sea.
‘They weren’t imagined to be in the combat. We all joined to be in the combat, and that is why we had been going,’ O’Neill added.
The Navy SEAL additionally praised the heroism of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, who tried to combat off the terrorists who had taken over their aircraft.
The home scheduled passenger flight was hijacked by 4 al-Qaeda terrorists on board as a part of the September 11 assaults.
‘We had that dialog about how the first ones to combat al-Qaeda had been the passengers on Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania,’ he stated.
‘God is aware of what number of lives they saved, however they killed themselves for the Western World. We had these conversations each night time. That was why we went.’
The SEAL, who served from 1996 to 2012, stated the crew weren’t anticipating to return again from the mission.
He defined that they thought Osama bin Laden would attempt to ‘blow himself up’ and his household to make a martyr out of them.
O’Neill added that the crew had been additionally not sure of whether or not troops in Pakistan would shoot them down, which they’d have been justified to do, as the crew was ‘invading.’
He recounted how he ready for the occasion of his loss of life, having one final meal along with his household earlier than the mission and writing goodbye letters.
‘We needed to discover individuals and say: “Hey, here’s an envelope. If you don’t see me tomorrow, you’ll know what this is, and there are directions inside, but if you do see me tomorrow, give these back to me”.’ he defined.
O’Neill left the Navy in 2012, a 12 months after the raid. He grew to become a motivational speaker and joined Fox News as a contributor in 2015.
Osama bin Laden (pictured), the chief of the terrorist group al-Qaeda, was killed throughout Operation Nepture Speae on May 2 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan
Operation Neptune Spear put an finish to the ten-year-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, the chief of al-Qaeda and architect of the September 11 assaults.
The Only Plane in the Sky: The Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M.Graff, which was first revealed final 12 months, is a retelling of the assaults from the perspective of these who lived them and the family members of these who perished.
The Only Plane in the Sky, by Garrett M. Graff, revealed by Monary, retells the September 11 assaults
The world was left horrified when on September 11 2001, terrorists belonging to the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda took management of 4 United airways.
The first aircraft, Flight 11, which counted 11 crew members and 76 passengers hit the northern facade of the North Tower of the World Trade Centre in New York at 8:46am.
At 9:03am, a second aircraft, United Airlines Flight 175, counting 60 passengers and employees, hit the southern facade of the South Tower.
A 3rd aircraft, United Airlines Flight 77, with 56 passengers and 6 crew members, crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia at 9:37.
The fourth aircraft, Flight 93, was subdued from the 4 hijackers by the 33 passengers and 7 crew members and crashed close to Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03am.
It is unknown the place the fourth aircraft was meant to hit, nonetheless the Capitol and the White House have each been named as doable targets.
Sadly, 2,977 individuals misplaced their lives on 9/11, together with 2,606 who died in the World Trade Center assaults.
The remaining loss of life toll, which excludes the 18 perpetrators, counted 2,135 US civilians, 372 non-US residents, 343 firefighters, 72 legislation enforcement officers and 55 army personnel.
This is an extract from The Only Plane in the Sky: The Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M.Graff, revealed by Monoray at £20 hardback (octopusbooks.co.uk)