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Osama-Killing Military Unit -- Super Secret, Super Elite

5/2/2011 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It was only a matter of time before Osama bin Laden was killed -- because the most wanted man in the world was hunted down by the most secret, elite special ops unit in the United States Armed Forces.

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The squad that fired two bullets into Osama bin Laden's head yesterday is known as Team Six -- officially called the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (or DEVGRU) -- a military unit that recruits directly from the Navy SEALs ... making it the absolute elite of the elite.

The Navy's Team 6 is one of two ultra-secret "Tier One" US Special Ops counter-terrorism units -- along with the Army's Delta Force -- and falls under the Joint Special Operations Command (or JSOC).

The two Tier One units execute what are known as "black operations" -- missions so secret, they fall outside standard military protocol ... and often require the direct approval of the President.

In other words, only a select group of military personnel -- including President Obama and his closest advisers -- had any idea Osama bin Laden had moments left to live yesterday.

The technology used by JSOC to track and kill Osama bin Laden is still classified -- but according to reports, JSOC worked closely with the CIA to procure the intelligence they needed to execute their mission.


Naval Special Warfare Development Group

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1.

Cartman    

They should have taken him alive.

1217 days ago
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Home Skillet    

JOB WELL DONE, TEAM 6! And, JOB WELL DONE, MR. PRESIDENT!

1217 days ago
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bankalchemist    

well hopefully they chummed first and got the local sharks all worked up....then dumped the stench.

1217 days ago
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ketjo    

Dam TMZ yo'll going ride this here pony(story) until you have wrung every late hit you can get out of it ain't ya !.....
TMZ don't give a dam one way or the other all they care about is how many hits and how much money they can bring in off of this event...Next will be "What was He wearing when they shot hes Head off " or Spin the story and start egging folks on about something or the other.....

Yellow jounalism at its finest...!

1217 days ago
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Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Team Six -- Good job,and THANK YOU!BUT IT WAS YOU ,AND NOT OBAMA.

1217 days ago
6.

ric    

Charlie Sheen was a NAVY SEAL...JUST SAYIN..

1217 days ago
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Home Skillet    

Ball`s has no Ball`s 7 minutes ago
Team Six -- Good job,and THANK YOU!BUT IT WAS YOU ,AND NOT OBAMA.-------------------------------------------------------------
You're correct if you think that President Obama didn't pull the trigger. You are incorrect if you think he wasn't the mastermind of the operation.

1217 days ago
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Jackie    

Team 6 makes me wanna join Army.

1217 days ago
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cire    

No wonder they had a hard finding this nut. He was in a mansion not a cave! AMERICA #1

1217 days ago
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artie help    

this was all obama's doing, he is the reason OLB is dead.

1217 days ago
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Howard    

Want an idea HOW the special ops unit works??? Watch repeats of the recently cancelled CBS show THE UNIT.

1217 days ago
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TJ    

If they are so elite, why did it take them 10 years to get him?

1217 days ago
13.

dd    

KUDOS!

1217 days ago
14.

TMZ dont like me    

Sounds like some video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Tom Clancy Rainbox Six/Splinter Cell-type ish, right there....

1217 days ago
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chris    

Is that the same team who TRAINED Bin Laden? USA had use for him at some point, and trained their own nemesis. Smart.

1217 days ago
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