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Fort Bragg played crucial role in bin Laden raid

Posted May 3, 2011

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— Under the direction and support of a North Carolina-based military operation command, a group of Navy SEALS stormed a Pakistani compound housing the world's most wanted terrorist on Sunday and killed him with surgical precision.

Since 9/11, Fort Bragg's Joint Special Operation Command has been assigned to a specific mission: to capture or kill terrorist leaders. Their No. 1 target: Osama bin Laden.

In 2003, JSOC was responsible for capturing Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The command is a component of the U.S. Special Operations Command based in Tampa, Fla. It was created in the 1980s to foster better teamwork and communication among military branches in carrying out joint missions.

Experts blame a lack of communication for a failed raid 31 years ago that botched the U.S. government's attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.

special forces Fort Bragg played crucial role in bin Laden raid

The U.S. Special Forces, also based at Fort Bragg, are an Army unit that trains soldiers to be "specialized experts in unconventional warfare." The word "special" is etched on the signs and psyche of North Carolina's largest military installation.

Many Special Forces-trained soldiers, or Green Berets, join Delta Force, an elite counter-terrorism unit that works with the storied Navy SEAL Team 6 on top-secret missions.

While the troops responsible for the death of bin Laden weren't stationed at Fort Bragg, JSOC provided intelligence and played a crucial role in the highly successful and confidential mission that brought down the Al-Qaida leader.

"I believe the Special Operations community in general deserves credit, and thus clearly Fort Bragg," said Michael O'Hanlon, a defense expert at the Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C.

"Understanding how to operate helicopters in that area was the function of many previous missions by many folks (at Fort Bragg)," O'Hanlon said.

No Fort Bragg officials would go on the record about JSOC's involvement in the mission to kill the man who plotted and ordered the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on U.S. civilians.

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  • cwood3 May 4, 2011

    The media MUST be responsible with every thing they report. The White House has already said that no names would be released because of the safety of the seals involved. That is the smartest thing to come from the WH in months.

  • baracus May 4, 2011

    "Haven't any of you wondered in the back of your mind that THIS country HAS known for along time where this murderer was? Timing this to happen right after the Prez. said he would run for another term, with low ratings and very few things done by him he promised BEFORE he was elected? "

    If it were October 2012, you might have a point, but there is no way this will affect his election chances 18 months from now.

    As for this story, I am disappointed they don't have an interview with a local resident who once visited Ft Bragg.

  • shortcake53 May 4, 2011

    Everybody and his cousin will want to be part of the "team" who took him down. Frankly, I would not want to be associated with it in any way. Why put yourself out there like that? Hes gone, just be satisfied with that.

  • Dolphan May 3, 2011

    Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, a ex-Navy SEAL, told The Daily, “I think the less we talk about the death of bin Laden the better. I mean, he’s dead, he’s gone, he’s in Davey Jones’ locker.” - nuff said

  • housemanagercary May 3, 2011

    Why would you report this and throw a giant bullseye on Ft Bragg and Fayetteville?! We may all already know that the orders would come from there but really why do have to print it and throw it on the web?

  • tonto May 3, 2011

    Haven't any of you wondered in the back of your mind that THIS country HAS known for along time where this murderer was? Timing this to happen right after the Prez. said he would run for another term, with low ratings and very few things done by him he promised BEFORE he was elected? Then the birth cert. is still an issue because you can't get a Fulbright scholarship IF YOU ARE A US CITIZEN! Why haven't we heard from any of his school mates and others who should have known him-like his teachers!He has spent more money and gotten closer to the ole boy network and has spent OUR money campaigning for others? or been on vacations? He is a fraud anyway you cut it he bails out the rich but those of us on SS/Disability haven't gotten any cost of living increase in TWO yrs. & probably won't next year! How about throwing some sanctions against the oil producers so your whole pay check doesn't go in your GAS TANK? NO OIL NO FOOD GOT IT!!

  • ProudOfMySoldier May 3, 2011

    Wow Mikeyj, I think there are many foreign gas station owners all over the US and not just in Fayetteville.

    I am so happy with the news of OBL but everyone needs to remember this is basically the beginning of the end.

  • NoObamaCare May 3, 2011

    Vietnam Vet- Amen to that! I'll get the 2nd round.

  • Vietnam Vet May 3, 2011

    "Great news coverage. What's next, giving the names of the service men who shot Osama?"

    Yeah, I wish I knew who it was that got to fire that fatal shot. I'd like to buy him a drink and shake his hand!!!

  • mikeyj May 3, 2011

    Dear Fayetteville. I do hope you can secure your city limits better then American can seal her southern border. I might have to switch my next VA appt to the Durham Va. How many foreign gas station owners are there in the city near Bragg? Hmmm should make for a good nights sleep.

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