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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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16.

TMZ dont like me    

Rainbow Six. Typo. Sorry....

1271 days ago
17.

chris    

Yeah nice work US Special forces. It only cost your country a couple trillion dollars and you took your sweet time. You should be really proud. Now there's only about a billion extremists you have to worry about.

1271 days ago
18.

Me    

Why is TMZ saying he was killed yesterday when the white house said this happened like 15 days ago? They shipped him to the US and did the DNA and dumped his body all in less then 24 hours according to TMZ?

1271 days ago
19.

Phil Alger    

So really? If correct, Obama, Clinton and other various other left wingers voted to stop this middle east action/s? But sure Obama will take credit for a group who has been training longer than he has been in Politics! TMZ, trying just dealing with your dirt news and leave the real stuff to real news agencies!

1271 days ago
20.

Stupid People Hater    

Next Rambo movie...

1271 days ago
21.

Annix    

Is this not a bit of irresponsible journalism by TMZ???
Naming the Navy team squad "6" and providing details of their reporting lines.
Did the public i.e. you and me, really need to know other that it was a "Seal" team.
Have you not managed to put a huge bull's eye on their foreheads?
Duh!!! Ever saw of film "No Way Out"?
In the UK there was a super spy called Sir Anthony Blunt reporting to the Russians for YEARS. He was Art Historian to our current Queen before he found out. He friends in high society and access inner government circles - no one suspected him of spying. TMZ has assisted in making them easier targets for the fundamentalists who are going to read everything on the net to try find team 6 and get a lead to kill them. This information was not in the National/Public...well done TMZ!

1271 days ago
22.

Rhubino    

@Annix

Unless the team drives to missions in a big "Team Six" van and wear "Team Six" shirts with their real names on the back, I don't really think anything was given away here. Thanks for the laugh, though.

1271 days ago
23.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

Pakistan needs to be punished for harboring a mass murderer. Stop providing funds to this corrupt, lying country. Increase drone flights for specific targets & bomb them back to the 12th century.

F Pakistan!

1271 days ago
24.

Zoe     

Rightttttttt.............Islamic procedures. They probably used his head for a game of soccer on deck before "burial at sea"!!!!! Fine with me.

1271 days ago
25.

Tara    

Ok, here is what I don't understand.

Why didn't they take him alive? Once the special ops descended into his compound, why didn't they taser him or shot him with special paralyzing bullets.

Either way, something is fishy...

1271 days ago
26.

Mel    

TMZ reading this really makes me laugh, please stick to posting your usual utter nonsense and leave real news to CNN.

1271 days ago
27.

jayrat    

Sounds like a Tom Clancy book.

1271 days ago
28.

Margaret    

SEAL Team 6, baby! Straight outta Virginia Beach - they always do us proud!

And Jackie, the SEALS are US Navy, not the Army.

1271 days ago
29.

ummm    

FYI - none of this happened yesterday. just sayin'

1271 days ago
30.

gooberbutt    

The $25M reward money should be split between all of the Team 6 members. They earned it and deserve it!

1271 days ago
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