It’s already been two years since Seal Team 6 successfully found, and executed Osama Bin Laden inside his Pakistani compound. During that time, the Abbottabad Commission has looked to explain exactly what happened on May 1st 2011. The full report was released today.
Al Jazeera’s exclusive analysis of the report, which reads more like a Tom Clancy novel than anything else, dramatically describes the series of events before, during, and after the assault on Osama Bin Laden’s home.
The report has much more information regarding the men and women inside Osama’s compound than that of Seal Team 6. Much of this report was formed based on witness testimony. Seal Team 6, and the US as a whole have remained notably silent in regards to their actions in the event. For example, there is almost no new information on the crash landing of the military helicopter. The report notes that it happened, but offers no new information on what the crew thought or did in response to the craft’s failure.
The account of the military’s assault on Osama’s compound is, if nothing else, action packed. Seal Team 6 is shown as fast-moving and ruthless as they move through the building. Who did and didn’t die in the raid appears to have been left to chance, with soldiers reportedly shooting whoever they deem to be a threat. Most of the survivors report having someone in the room with them murdered, and then being demanded for information before being sent to sit outside with a military guard.
If there is one loser in the report, it is the military and police presence of Pakistan. The report states that the US marines were able to quickly and easily penetrate Pakistani airspace without being detected. Pakistani Air Chief, Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman first learned that the countries’ air space had been penetrated at 2:07 AM, nearly three hours after the assault took place. By the time Pakistani officials managed to launch any sort of counter attack, the US had been out of Pakistani airspace for 24 minutes.
In a similar act of tardiness, Pakistani police and military failed to arrive at the compound until well after the assault had finished and Bin Laden was dead. One of Osama’s wives is reported as mocking the police for their inadequacy.
The report is a fascinating read, and will further impress readers as to the speed and excellence Seal Team 6 exhibited during the raid. Hopefully, as more time passes, more information from within the US Government, military, and Seal Team 6 will become public.