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Inside look at operation killing bin Laden

By Katherine Kington -  bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Years of planning, excruciating training, and thousands upon thousands of mock scenarios, all prepared those 30-40 Navy SEALS on Sunday to accomplish a 10 year mission. That's what local Army captain Josh Simms told us.

"Once you're in the helicopter and the door opens all your fear goes away. You don't have time for that. You're only there for one reason and that's to kill or capture your target."    

We learned today one of the two helicopters in the operation had to have an emergency landing. Captain Simms says thinking on your feet and bringing new actions into a mission, is crucial to success as you never know what will happen. "With it going down, that has to be part of the plan so being able to execute and get out of there. Great job." Rep.Kevin McCarthy says, "going in two helicopters, one breaking down and still carrying out the mission, this says the strength of this country and we'll continue to have that resolve as we fight terrorism anywhere else in the world."

Officials said today, the Navy SEALS used a mock compound like the one Bin Laden was in, where they practiced every possible circumstance that could arise.

Captain Simms says in these operations, you train years to take down compounds...all waiting for the Commander in Chief to give "The GO" like President Obama did on Friday. "Then they start making more of an in-depth plan of where you're gonna go in at, where you're going to put security at who gonna pull security forces. It becomes a very detailed detail oriented operation."

Osama Bin Laden was killed at the end of this weekend's 40-minute raid.

U.S. Officials say two dozen seals in night-vision goggles dropped into the high-walled compound in Pakistan by sliding down ropes from two helicopters.


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