A comprehensive new book about U.S. special operations reveals that the mission to get top terrorist Osama bin Laden was “a kill mission, not a capture mission,” and that SEAL Team 6 members handpicked for the assault were ordered by President Obama to fight it out, not surrender, if caught.
“Bin Laden was the first time [were were told], ‘This is a kill mission, not a capture mission, unless he was naked with his hands up,'” a Team 6 source is quoted in Relentless Strike, due out September 1.
“They [the CIA] were adamant: Kill him. That message came from [former CIA Director Leon] Panetta,” the source told author and defense journalist Sean Naylor, whose 540-page book details the post-9/11 formation of the effective Joint Special Operations Command.
The well-sourced and researched book from St. Martin’s Press provides a fuller account of the May 2, 2011, OBL killing and other details on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A copy was provided in advance to Secrets.