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One of the most interesting sub-plots that emerged after the raid on Bin Laden's Pakistan hideout was the fact that the extremely secretive Seal Team 6 had been involved. Here's more about these fascinating shadow warriors.
Who are they?
Seal Team 6 is one of the United States' two secretive Tier One counter-terrorism and Special Mission Units (SMUs); the other such group is the Delta Force.
Here's what they look like:
What's their training like?
These operatives are first and foremost Navy Seals. "S.E.A.L" stands for SEa, Air, and Land, reflecting the fact that these baddasses can operate anywhere and anytime. Here's some of the rigorous training they go through:
What was the Bin Laden raid like?
The mission to kill or capture Bin Laden was a highly dangerous one. The risks ranged from detection by Pakistani authorities and being mistaken for an Indian commando raid, incorrect intelligence, being taken hostage by Bin Laden's guards, suicide bombers, and several other intangibles. In the end, it all went like clockwork; the SEALs weren't even fazed when one of their helicopters was rendered inoperational. How did they respond? In true badass style, they blew it up. This was probably because the chopper was a top-secret stealth model that evaded detection by the Pakistani authorities because of its tiny radar signature and transponder spoofing technology. Here's more on the actual raid:
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