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The Nation: The Black Ops Force That Took Down bin Laden

Author: Jeremy Scahill
May 2, 2011


Some call them "Murder, Incorporated." Others say they're America's counterterrorism "ace in the hole." In his blog post for The Nation, Jeremy Scahill  describes the operations of JSOC, the elite Special Ops force that has been at the tip of the spear from Bush to Obama.

The team of US Special Operations Forces who killed Osama bin Laden in a pre-dawn raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, were led by elite Navy SEALS from the Joint Special Operations Command. Operators from SEAL Team Six, also known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or just DevGru, are widely considered to be the most elite warriors in the US national security apparatus.

Col. W. Patrick Lang, a retired Special Forces officer with extensive operational experience throughout the Muslim world, described JSOC's forces as “sort of like Murder, Incorporated.” He told The Nation: “Their business is killing Al Qaeda personnel. That's their business. They're not in the business of converting anybody to our goals or anything like that.” Shortly after the operation was made public, retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey called JSOC's operators the “most dangerous people on the face of the earth.”

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