Washington, Feb 13 : The former Navy SEAL who said he shot down three bullets in the head of Osama bin Laden is in fact eligible for the same free health care extended to all vets, the military newspaper Stars and Stripes has said.
The newspaper's claim came after it took issue with a report that said that the shooter is `screwed' as he returns to civilian life and was getting no heath care.
A lengthy profile of the SEAL, released by Esquire magazine, said that the respected vet has retired after 16 years of military service and got little support from the U. S. Government.
Washington, Feb 12 - The member of US Navy SEAL Team 6 who shot and killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the military operation in Pakistan in May 2011 told Esquire magazine that he has neither health insurance nor a pension after leaving the armed forces.
"(M)y health care for me and my family stopped. I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You're out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your 16 years," he said in an interview.
In the interview, the former SEAL, identified only as "The Shooter", also revealed certain details about the mission.
Washington, Nov. 27 : The Osama bin Laden raid, which led to the death of the world's most wanted terrorist leader, was the subject of `Zero Dark Thirty', a riveting new film by director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, is based on controversial firsthand accounts.
But when they began making the film about the hunt for bin Laden six years ago, the movie they had in mind was about the failed attempt of finding the terrorist in Afghanistan.
According to ABC News, that plan changed drastically on May 1, 2011 when bin Laden was killed. Boal, a meticulous investigative reporter, picked up the phone and started working his sources.
Washington, Nov. 1 : A year-and-a-half after the Pakistani government formed the Abbottabad Commission to probe in to the May 2011 U. S. raid, which killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, the only thing that has come from a formal investigation are rumours, and analysts believe that the whole exercise may have been futile.
"In Pakistan, whenever the authorities want to hide something under the carpet and hoodwink the public, the government forms a commission.
That is been the historic practice," the Christian Science Monitor quoted Zaman Khan, spokesperson of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Washington, Oct. 23 : The U. S. has declined to comment on media reports regarding the Abbottabad Commission report, which investigated the U. S. raid in Pakistan''s garrison town of Abbottabad, that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in May 2011.
U. S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said they have just seen reports in the Pakistani press about the Abbottabad Commission report, which stated that no one else in Abbottabad knew that the world''s most wanted man had taken up residence there, reports The News.
Washington, Sept. 3 : The former US Navy Seal, who has written a first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, was willing to break `the code of silence' because of `bad blood' with his former SEAL Team 6, a new e-book written by other Special Operations veterans has revealed.
The e-book said the author, Matt Bissonnette, who wrote the book `No Easy Day' under the pseudonym Mark Owen, was effectively pushed out of SEAL Team 6 after he expressed interest in leaving the Navy and starting a business last year.
Washington, Aug. 30 : A retired Navy SEAL who has penned down his experience of the Abottabad raid that killed Osama bin Laden said that his book about the raid is not a political statement, but rather is timed to commemorate the deaths of people in 9/11 attack and give credit to hundreds of people whose work made the mission a success.
The former SEAL Team 6 member used the pseudonym Mark Owen to write `No Easy Day', due to security purpose and will be available on shelves next week.
Washington, Aug 29 : A US Navy SEAL, who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has claimed that the terror chief was apparently shot in the head as he looked out of his bedroom door.
In his book, titled ‘No Easy Day’, Mark Bissonnette contradicts previous official versions saying bin Laden as being shot after ducking back into his room and possibly reaching for a weapon.
According to Express. co. uk, Bissonnette has written the book under the pseudonym Mark Owen, which is set otbe published next week.
Washington, Aug 29 - Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda chief, was unarmed and had already died with a bullet to the brain when the US Navy commandos entered his bedroom during a raid in Pakistan's Abbottabad city, a US Navy SEAL has revealed in a book.
Giving a firsthand account of last May's raid, the SEAL who also participated in it, has disclosed that Osama had been fatally wounded before they entered the room.
Washington, Aug 25: Al-Qaeda has demanded the death of the former Navy SEAL, who penned a book giving a first-person account of the killing of Osama bin Laden in a raid at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
A jihadist forum, Al-Fidaa, located in Malaysia, posted the `death calls' and provided the author''s name and photograph under a headline titled "First Image of One of the Dogs who killed Bin Laden."
Washington, July 16 : The way the U. S. military killed Osama bin Laden sent a message every bit as powerful as the fact that he was killed in the first place, author of a new history of suicide bombing said.
The fact that bin Laden was killed by a team of highly trained soldiers - and not by a drone or bomb - spoiled the grand narrative of brave Muslim fighters vs. U. S. technology that bin Laden and al Qaeda had developed in their war against the United States.
Washington, May 4 - Osama bin Laden ordered suicide squads to be created in Pakistan and Afghanistan to track down US President Barack Obama and then NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus, according to a treasure trove of his letters.
Bin Laden's directions about Obama and Petraeus come in a May 2010 letter, one of 17 released by the US military's West Point Combating Terrorism Centre from the documents captured in the raid on the Al Qaeda leader's hideout in Pakistan last May.
Washington, May 1 : The US will release documents seized from the compound of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan, a senior White House official said Monday.
John Brennan, President Barack Obama's homeland security and counter-terrorism adviser, made the announcement during a speech at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Washington thinktank.
Brennan said some of the documents seized at bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, May 2 last year will be published online by West Point's Combating Terrorism Center this week. The documents were never made public before, reported Xinhua.
Washington, May 1 - Amid a political row over the alleged politicisation of the dramatic raid that killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden a year ago, American analysts agree that terrorism was not dead and Pakistan remains its hotbed.
While President Barack Obama and his Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney traded barbs Monday over his handling of the first anniversary of the May 2 raid on bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan, analysts also highlighted the terrorist group's growth in North Africa and the Middle East.
Washington, May 1 - Amid a political row over the alleged politicisation of the dramatic raid that killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden a year ago, American analysts agree that terrorism was not dead and Pakistan remains its hotbed.
While President Barack Obama and his Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney traded barbs Monday over his handling of the first anniversary of the May 2 raid on bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan, analysts also highlighted the terrorist group's growth in North Africa and the Mideast.