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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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