In what will certainly go down in the Annals of military history as one of the most – if not the most – audacious special forces operations ever to be undertaken, an elite U.S. military unit swooped down on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan and took down the world’s most wanted terrorist. Now, however, certain people are starting to ask the question: What became of SEAL Team 6 and what is it that President Obama doesn’t want you to know?
Official accounts of the raid itself are known to all, but their was another, latter mission that came to a calamitous and tragic end, and which the Obama administration is loath to discuss. What is the link between the two operations and – more ominously – what are the possible implications of that link?
The story begins on August 6th, 2011. Another elite U.S. military team flew into eastern Afghanistan on a top-secret mission to take out a high-value Taliban target – meaning a very high-ranking individual or physical asset within the Taliban. Not only did this mission fail, but it resulted in the worst loss of life in one day since the Afghanistan war began: The helicopter in which the team was flying was shot down by – a military report into the incident concluded – a “lucky shot” fired by a Taliban fighter on a rooftop. Everyone on board was killed, including 25 members of SEAL Team 6, five National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers and eight Afghan commandos. Subsequent revelations tell more about the SEAL team and possibly reveal what the President doesn’t want people to know.
Families of the slain soldiers, along with military experts, have been digging for answers and have uncovered some startling facts; among them, that these elite warriors were sent into extremely hostile enemy territory, not in a state-of-the-art special operations aircraft, but a Vietnam-era chopper, wholly unsuited to such terrain and climate and woefully unprotected against modern weaponry. Despite the high-value nature of the target and the known, extreme danger posed by flying into such a location, the decision was made to send in the special forces team, rather than attack the target with a drone. Intelligence reports had indicated that a large number of Taliban fighters were moving into the valley where the target of the raid was located.
On a mission such as this, protocol demanded that at least one helicopter gunship would escort the infiltration unit, but no such escort was provided and the team flew in unprotected. Another fact that was omitted from the report was that, at the last moment, the eight Afghan commandos who were on the flight manifest were replaced by eight others. It is speculated that one or more of the original eight had tipped off the Taliban and then made sure that this team was not on the aircraft. When questioned about this by the parents of some of the dead SEALs, high-ranking U.S. military officers claimed to have no knowledge of it, until one officer admitted that they had found out about it only after the incident and had already contacted the families of the original Afghan commandos to inform them that their sons were dead, only to have to re-contact them later with the news that their sons were, in fact, alive.
This harrowing but enormously compelling video is of a press conference at which some of the relatives of the deceased men, along with military experts, lay out their findings. It is the story of what became of SEAL Team 6 and what President Obama doesn’t want you to know.
Written by Graham J Noble