US SEALs had ground support in Abbottabad operation


ISLAMABAD: According to a copy of Abbottabad Commission Report –acquired by Geo News— no institution or individual was aware of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s presence/whereabouts in Pakistan.

According to report the US Navy SEALs were provided with strategic ground support/intelligence for the operation to capture world’s most wanted man.


The report reveals the sequence of events that helped United States of America hunt down world’s most wanted man.


The report says the statements of President Asif Ali Zardari, former Prime Minisiter Yousuf Raza Gilani, and Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani remain reserved to date as they did not appear before the commission.


The testimonies of Osama’s wives are also included the report.


The commission also reported that tracing Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and subsequently sharing this intelligence with the government was solely Inter Services Intelligence’s (ISI) responsibility.


Osama bin Laden, the founder and head of the extremist militant group al-Qaeda, was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, by Navy SEALs of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (also known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six).


The operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, was carried out in a Central Intelligence Agency-led operation.


In addition to DEVGRU, participating units included the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and CIA operatives.


The raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was launched from Afghanistan. After the raid, U.S. forces took bin Laden’s body to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death.


Al-Qaeda confirmed the death on May 6 with posts made on militant websites, vowing to avenge the killing