Today — May 2, 2021 — marks the tenth anniversary of Operation Neptune Spear, the daring SEAL Team 6 raid on Osama bin Laden’s secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed the notorious al-Qaeda terrorist just after 1:00 a.m. local time on May 2, 2011.
Now, The History Channel is looking back on that extraordinary mission with a special, Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden now available for streaming here. Full disclosure: to watch, you’ll need to be a current subscriber to any basic cable service that carries History. Simply indicate which cable service you use and instant access is yours.
Burnishing the Legend of SEAL Team 6
Do I really think we need another bin Laden documentary?
Probably not. After all, in the decade since that night, a number of documentaries, fictionalized films and other accounts have covered every aspect of the painstaking intelligence gathering, mission planning and precision execution that made Neptune Spear a reality and turned the mission into legend.
Why, even Cairo, the specially trained K9 who accompanied SEAL Team 6 on the mission, has become a household name.
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But, hey, let’s keep things in perspective: Even 10 years later, I have nothing better to do than celebrate the tenacity and courage shown by the men and women of the CIA and U.S. military!