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Who Actually Shot bin Laden? A Sketch of the Mystery Hero

Who Actually Shot bin Laden? A Sketch of the Mystery Hero

A man who “flunked vacation and flunked relaxing.”

According to various reports, the elite "SEALs Team 6 Unit" led the raid on the Pakistani compound which left Osama bin Laden dead. Though we've read and heard accounts of what went down during the raid, we haven't heard anything about who actually shot and killed bin Laden that day.

Who is the mystery shooter? How old is he? What is he like?

The Washington Post, with the help of a three former SEALs, puts together a sketch of the mysterious hero:

He’s likely between the ages of 26 and 33, says Marcinko, founder of the elite “SEALs Team 6” — now known as DEVGRU — that many believe led the assault on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He’ll be old enough to have had time to hurdle the extra training tests required to join the elite counter-terrorism unit, yet young enough to withstand the body-punishing rigors of the job. The shooter’s a man, it’s safe to say, because there are no women in the SEALs. And there’s a good chance he’s white, though the SEALs have stepped up efforts to increase the number of minorities in their ranks, Marcinko and Smith say. A “positive thinker” who “gets in trouble when he’s not challenged,” Marcinko suspects, a man who “flunked vacation and flunked relaxing.”

He was probably a high school or college athlete, Smith says, a physical specimen who combines strength, speed and agility. “They call themselves ‘tactical athletes,’ ” says Smith, who works with many prospective SEALs in his Heroes of Tomorrow training program in Severna Park. “It’s getting very scientific.”

Marcinko puts it in more conventional terms: “He’ll be ripped,” says the author of the best-selling autobiography “ Rogue Warrior .” “He’s got a lot of upper-body strength. Long arms. Thin waist. Flat tummy.”

More details about the mystery shooter here.

Via Hot Air.

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