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Author Name: Amanda Macias
Panetta: This Is How The Bin Laden Raid Went Down
Pete Souza/White House/ReutersPresident Barack Obama listens to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in the Situation Room while discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden. In his memoir Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta describes the stealth 2011 assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. Department of DefenseAn aerial view shows the compound that Osama bin Laden was killed in, in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Between the second and third floors, a bearded young man whom the assaulters recognized as Khalid bin Laden, bin Laden's son, was shot and killed. The time in Pakistan was approximately 1 a.m. local time when Navy Admiral McRaven Commander of SEAL Team 6 relayed word to the remote security team that there was a preliminary call of "Geronimo," which was the code word for the successful killing or capture of Bin Laden. Pete Souza/White House/ReutersPresident Obama watches with members of the national security team on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.According to Panetta, the news the SEALs had taken out the world's most wanted man wasn't followed by "High-fiving" or "Triumphant whoops." Once all the SEALs boarded the Chinook helicopter with Bin Laden's corpse, they began taking DNA samples to confirm his identity while en route to Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Jason Reed/ReutersPresident Obama walks towards a camera in the Blue Room to deliver news to the nation that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed.

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