No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer

For the 1st time anyplace, the first-person account of the making plans and execution of the Bin weighted down raid from a army Seal who faced the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his ultimate moments.

From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips within the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the 3rd flooring of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval specified battle improvement Group--commonly often called SEAL workforce Six-- has been part of essentially the most memorable distinct operations in heritage, in addition to numerous missions that by no means made headlines.

No effortless Day places readers along Owen and the opposite handpicked participants of the twenty-four-man workforce as they teach for the most important venture in their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the attack, starting with the helicopter crash that can have ended Owen’s existence directly via to the radio name confirming Bin Laden’s demise, is an important piece of recent history.

In No effortless Day, Owen additionally takes readers onto the sector of conflict in America’s ongoing battle on Terror and info the choice and coaching technique for some of the most elite devices within the army. Owen’s tale attracts on his adolescence in Alaska and describes the SEALs’ quest to problem themselves on the optimum degrees of actual and psychological patience. With boots-on-the-ground aspect, Owen describes quite a few formerly unreported missions that illustrate the existence and paintings of a SEAL and the evolution of the staff after the occasions of September eleven. In telling the genuine tale of the SEALs whose skills, talents, stories, and unheard of sacrifices resulted in one of many maximum victories within the warfare on Terror, Mark Owen honors the lads who danger every thing for our nation, and he leaves readers with a deep knowing of the soldiers who continue the USA safe.

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Raise a Bradley,” I heard over the radio. i'll pay attention the Bradley’s tracks chewing up the asphalt because it approached the home. “I wish you to point the second one floor,” the attack chief yelled to the Bradley’s commander perched within the hatch on most sensible of the turret. Smashing via a stone wall at the south facet of the home, it stopped within the courtyard and unleashed a brief burst from its 20mm cannon. The rounds simply smashed during the partitions of the second one ground, tearing huge gashes within the concrete. Pulling again, I observed the attack chief run as much as the Bradley. “Keep shooting,” the commander yelled into the hatch. “What? ” the gunner stated. “I wish you to point the entire moment floor,” the attack chief repeated. “Level it. ” The Bradley crunched again over the rubble back and commenced to fireplace. one of many insurgents screamed “Allahu Akbar! ” and began to spray bullets out the window. This time, there has been no letup from the Bradley. men began to cheer because the rounds hit in successive explosions. In a couple of minutes, the Bradley went Winchester, that is the army time period for operating out of ammunition. We cited a moment Bradley and it shot till it went Winchester to boot. by the point the second one Bradley pulled again, a raging hearth had erupted at the moment ground. Black smoke poured out of the home windows and began to billow into the sky. From our place at the roof, lets nonetheless pay attention the insurgents yelling. i used to be perched at the northeast nook, retaining down at the bottom of the home. It used to be challenging to determine end result of the thick black smoke. unexpectedly, I observed a man’s head and torso emerge from a window. with out pondering, I positioned my laser on his chest and opened fireplace. i'll see the bullets hit him and he flopped again into the room, disappearing into the smoke. After my volley of fireside, Jon raced over beside me. “What you were given? ” “Saw a man within the again window,” I stated. “You definite? ” he stated, scanning a similar window along with his laser. “Yeah. ” “You get him? ” “Pretty sure,” I acknowledged. “OK. remain positioned. ” Jon went again to his submit and that i stored trying to find new pursuits. I didn’t have time to reside on it nor did i've got any emotions approximately it. This was once the 1st individual I’d ever shot and with for all time I’d spent wondering the way it might make me consider, it rather didn’t make me believe whatever. I knew that those men in the home had already attempted to kill my neighbors at the first ground and so they wouldn’t hesitate to do a similar to me. Even after the 2 Bradleys and the hearth, we nonetheless heard yelling through bursts of enemy fireplace. Tactically, it didn’t make feel to attack up the steps. “They’re going to blow the building,” Jon stated. Jon determined to drag us off the roof instead of divulge us to the blast. We joined the others at the flooring. I watched as a small breach staff, led by means of one in every of Delta’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal men, bumped into the 1st flooring to set a thermobaric cost. The cost produces an important surprise wave able to collapsing a whole development. a couple of minutes later, the cost used to be set and the breach group ran again and took disguise subsequent to me.

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