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Navy Seal who killed Osama falls on hard times
Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times
Washington, February 12, 2013
First Published: 23:53 IST(12/2/2013)
Last Updated: 23:55 IST(12/2/2013)

The Navy Seal who killed Osama bin Laden has left US military and fallen on hard times straight away: no health insurance, no pension and, worst, no security for him or his family.

And he is not Matt Bissonnette, the Seal who wrote No Easy Day, the first inside account of the killing of al Qaeda supremo.

He was identified only as the Shooter in an account of the raid written by an investigative journalist from the Center for Investigative Reporting for Esquire on Monday.

The Shooter left US military four months after the May 2, 2011 raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan. He didn't get the $25 million bounty on bin Laden's head.

Here is his version of bin Laden's last few minutes. "There was bin Laden standing there. He had his hands on a woman's shoulders, pushing her ahead, not exactly toward me but by me, in the direction of the hallway commotion. It was his youngest wife, Amal."

The Shooter shot bin Laden in the forehead twice and the al Qaeda chief slumped to the ground. "He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out. I watched him take his last breaths."

Not doing a book on the incident was an exorbitant compromise, given the fact he is not entitled to a pension because he left the service early. Though officially separated from his wife, he lives with her and their children in the same house - to save money - in separate rooms.

His wife worries about security though he has trained her how to use a shotgun. His children are trained to hide in the bathtub in case of emergency.


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