Kill Shot: The Story Behind Osama bin Laden's Death

Kill Shot: The Story Behind Osama bin Laden's Death

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Kill Shot: The Story Behind Osama bin Laden's DeathABC News 20/20 gives viewers the most complete picture yet of the death of Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, from inside the situation room in Washington, DC to inside the compound in Pakistan to inside the minds of the brave men who stormed it.

With new details and behind-the-scenes reports from Chris Cuomo, Elizabeth Vargas and Chris Connelly in New York, Martha Raddatz in DC and Nick Schifrin in Pakistan, the hour will include the exclusive video from inside the compound; a look at the definitive tale of two cities.

Washington, DC and Abbotabad; the elite Navy Seals team; the reaction from teenagers who have grown up only knowing life after 9/11; and reality vs. fiction: how we think we know exactly what happened because of Hollywood’s film portrayals of special ops.

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Jim Bunion
8 years ago

Bin Laden was dead a few years after 911, which by the way, he had nothing to do with. CIA, Mossad, and the Saudis are the likely culprits.

Liv Engebretsen Amundstad
10 years ago

Do they really expect us to believe this crap? They trying to sounds like? heroes. Typical american.

10 years ago

Bin Laden and 911 supposedly flew a plane into twin towers etc. it cost them $1/2 a million USA dropped interest rate in response and it went world wide then the cheap credit got the suckers in with over spending now USA is broke and can never get out of debt and we are heading for a depression..The best military win ever in the history of war.

10 years ago

I find your comments to be a slap in the face of many men that were and are far better than you could ever be. First off, if you pis* us off we will kick your as! strait up, toe to toe. But most whiney ass little pis# ant nations dont have the balls to square off the the U.S military for they know the results would leave them in utter dissary at best if not completly anhialated.

This hatred you speak of is jealuosy based as most all is. They want our freedoms but want someone to give it to them instead of fighting for it like we did all thru our history. I have nothing but good things to say about the U.K and there armed services as they have been a worthy allie with the same goals in mind. To say we are poorly trained is a strong indication that you are either drunk or stupid. I bet its the later. Fu@! civilians. War is hell.

If you know the shi* is going to hit the fan why would you stay there? If your in the way, thats your problem, not ours. We lose so many kids in foriegn conflicts doing the bullshit jobs that the people of the country are just too scared to do. Policing the streets? Thats not a soldiers job. Their job is to kill and get out safe. Navy seals could kick the living shi@ out of anybody you care to put in front of them. Plain and simple. The problem with you guys is you spend too much time on the bloody loyal pagentry bullshi* that you think your fellow country men admire.We would crumble eh? Do you even know what a "Peace maker " is?

Do you know how many we have? Do you even have a B-1 or an F-22 Raptor? Theres no country I would rather fight with as an allie than Great Brittan, but I feel you are just ignorant or a U.S hater. We are always the first country in to help some natural disaster victems no matter what it cost us. Spoils of war mean anything to you? We go in and lose young men liberating countries from dictators that there to damn affraid to do themselves and we dont take shi@ for our troubles. The minute we stepped foot in the middle east we should have just started taking oil 24/7 365 but did we? oh hell no! now we pay out the as* for gas or petrol as you call it. Why do we do this?

Because its the right thing to do. If we waited around for the useless countries that in my mind have no business being included in NATO to get there thumbs out of there as! nothing would ever get done to stop these ruthless fuc@! that hammer there own people with oppression and killing. So while your armies banter about in all that really pretty historcaly useless regalia we will send some of our untrained no skill Marines to go there and kick as! first and ask questions later. It seems to me your country is going to hell in a hand basket at a rather high rate of speed. Are you officially socialists yet? Just give it time, you will. You owe the U.S Armed Forces an apology.

And you owe it to yourself to get some knowledge on the subject before you go running your mouth about something you clearly have no idea about. For the record, the only army that compares with the U.S elite are the Isralies. But then again, they dont take any bullsh@! either. They just get it done. We would fold without you? Didnt we tell you guys to go to hell back in the 1700s and there wasnt a damn thing you could do about even though you tried you hardest with what could have been considered the strongest army in the world at that point? Its a two way street. We both beneifit from each others abilities and willingness to work together.

Now you should get back to your cup of tea as i believe its gone cold. Next time dont put so much whiskey in it so you can think a bit more clearly and not end up writting this sensless jibberish. I will maintain my love for your country and not hold you as the spokesman for the U.K as there are far too many good people there that I believe are happy to have such a strong and willing allie as the U.S. Dont forget who supplied you with materials and weaponry during worl war II. Arsenal of Democracy ring any bells? I expected better from a Britt. Your country is full of people far more intellegent than you. You owe them an apology. Ta Ta!

shaunik sharma
10 years ago

This is one of the worst documentary I have ever seen.

10 years ago

He was a creation of the CIA in the late 70's and controlled by those a*sholes through the 80's. The man died in early 2001 from marfan syndrome/kidney failure. Dick cheney had benzir Bhutto killed a week after she admitted the fact years ago. It's a f****** lie!!!

10 years ago

I think the guy is still alive but the story is fiction and fabricated. He is in his motherland. Agreements mayb are that he accept silecy and American propaganda of his death in exchange to be forgive and let go.

If they killed him why don't we se any singel klip or clear photo of OBL providing that he has not bodyguirds at the time of operation.

The world can not accept that the guy was devensless, but we "USA" were unable to record or photo him. They would better say that he defensed and fought and killed scores of US-dolders therefore we could not photo him.

11 years ago

Why his body not shown. There is thing secret going on

11 years ago

@ Bakeaked
l have to agree with some of you're points you have made, without The Commonwealth Support, the United States would be in a terrible mess, after the Iraq fiasco there are a great many parts of the Commonwealth that are not so quick to say yes to the requests of the United States. Generations of my Family, 5 in fact formed the famous Aussie Diggers, their emotions one may have thought had been trained out of them, but not their Compassion for Civilians. Saturday 24th of March, Australia found out that North Korea is going to fire a Missile in April and it will land somewhere in between Indonesia, the Phillipines and Australia, perhaps it's a Blessing that, that young whipper snapper Kim Jong Un is doing it down this end in the Southern Hemisphere. Because The Commonwealth will deal with it, in Our way, l believe that 53 Nations can deal with North Korea without interference from the United States. However l was rather perplexed to find out why President Obama a number of days ago felt the need to drive up to the North Korean Border whilst he was there for a meeting with Leaders of other Countries? Then a number of days later North Korea decided to do this? Coincidence you think? Please President Obama, l am not sure if The Commonwealth is going to support you this time round, yes you have NATO, but Australia thankfully refuses to join NATO. Yes we have the ANZUS Treaty with you, but that is just an agreement afterall, we have already said no to going to War with China, please remember we can say no again. l as a 5th Generation Australian am a bit nervous about this new Executive Order of yours and what you are willing to do to you're own people, l'm sure the rest of the developed world is concerned, so imagine my concern what would be done to foriegn people in foriegn Countries. l hope and pray the Commonwealth plays NO part in it.

john kay
11 years ago

im confused is osama dead or not?
what about elvis?

11 years ago

Is everyone here completely divorsed from reality?

11 years ago

Why wasn't this done ten years ago, when Bush was so gung ho..His admin.. answer was wrap your house in Plastic, and Duct tape . Then go shopping .Just goes to show how politicians being involved with our military, can screw sh%% up. Maybe someday our military will be allowed to do what there trained for.without some politician who has never served run things. yeah, we got Bin Laden from whats been told us , but we stirred up another hornets nest . I would have taken him somewhere private and blown his brains out. buried his ass, then let his family know he died . Then tell them to keep an eye on there kids from now on. and be careful who they hang out with esp. the bush family, Carlyle group etc. So now the ? is where do we go from here .maybe now the Gov. agencies will do the job there supposed to do. And start working together . and leave the American people alone .there's people living in fear in this country, thinking we have fanatical Islamic terrorist and communist coming out of the woodwork . when we see people coming out of there houses with gas mask on, and checking there house wrapped in plastic, and duct tape , checking there house for leaks then going shopping .. is this what this country has come too.we have had more damage from natural disasters and the Gov. can,t run the rescue and cleanup with that, let alone protect us from ourselves and our paranoia .Gov. needs to Do what there paid to do, protect us, and our Liberties .Doesn,t matter that day is coming soon enough . the pink slips will coming out in 2012 .

11 years ago

Well it looks like the 4th branch of Gov't let us down again. What a crock, everyone in corporate media should be ashamed of themselves for the blatant propoganda they spew out, I ask them is this the country you want, you sellouts, get off your knees and stand for something you wusses

12 years ago

Why after mission completed all other things wew done in so secracy anh hurry....should have shown proper body... and made our minds clear...
still ambiguous about if he is really killed...

12 years ago

This is a big lie again from the us goverment Bin Laden ( Tim Osman ) died many years ago. Please waaaake up people. And also 911 was an inside job.

lex lexich
12 years ago

propaganda, propaganda, propaganda... al qaida never did nothing, and nothing will change without osama

12 years ago

this is such BS. But now I am mystified as to what the ultimate endgame is here. "he is all small talk, and Obama, gives an oscar performance"....Business as usual on Capitol Hill.

Osama is dead...and the great evil, is...hmmmm...searching for a NEW enemy?

Why would Americans bury him at sea as according to Sharia law? And how can WE sit back and say, Yeah, thats the honour he deserved, and as the Honourable West we would do that for an enemy who committed the greatest crime on US soil...

Sorry....just got distracted by a movie which showed a guy getting his head blown off, while the censors digitally altered a Boob that might have caused a stir....

It amazes me...this is so scripted and obvious...but what the heck?

"...marks the most significant achievement to date, in our Nation's effort to defeat "Al Queda"

Mission accomplished! yet again...

So can we stop all the killing of Innocents and go home?

12 years ago

"A precision strike with B-2 Bombers" as they show clips of F-117's that were retired years ago. I hate the networks.

12 years ago

Ok, now that the news is no longer secret that our 'terror fighting' US is in talks with the dreaded Taliban, yet still talk about countries supporting terrorists and dealing with such groups.
Are we now going to see the world that will attack US for being a terrorist sponsoring state? After all all the known so-called terrorists today were in one way or the other sponsored and trained by the US. They did that with the Mujihadeen turned Al-Queada/Taliban, and now they are at it again with their so-called Allies, sponsoring the unknown group called the 'rebels' in Libya. How do they look 'democracy' in the face and said that group that has no known democratic credentials should be referred to as 'pro-democracy'?

What the hell has NATO to do with Africa and when did it become a military wing of UN, that Banki Mon or whatever has been the worse UN secretary ever, never has a Zombie occupied that post. In fact he and the current pyschopath NATO secretary (The man that loves destruction more than peace), made the best par with Sarkozy, those who will want to bomb other peoples' country for their evil interest and claim to be doing so for 'civilian protection', yet the same idiot was fighting Italy for allowing the people running away from same NATO bombing cross over to France..

By the way, Who made Osama, did they say he was killed in Pakistan in 2011 not 2001?
ABC news, is of course a GMO of news media, no one serious can take their onesided news serious.
May we get the other side of the story, like the ones we got about the 'controlled' demolision of the Twin Tower... and building 7?

Unfortunately, most Americans are world best in ignorant/Dumbness and GMO brick heads that never think with their heads, but as their capitalist driven government interest groups feed them.. Too sad

12 years ago

the kill the civilians in afghanistan and iraq daily ...nobody condemns their brutal actions ...when these things happens to their own kids then they will start whining ...i hope one day they pay the price for their actions ..they invade a country in a day but cant kill their target enemy in a couple of months.....did Osama has been killed cause of economic crisis in USA ?????DO US THINK WE ARE BLIND

Siegfried Wagner
12 years ago

If you kill CIA assets
you kill a important guy
and this guy knew too much (thats why u dont want him in the court)


Deadt dont speak... and thats you afraidt to realize YOU ARE THETERRORISTS!!! America is only terrorist nest in general on this world!(cia is if i make my self clear)

12 years ago


12 years ago

f***ing joke!!!!!!!!!!!

12 years ago

....and we all thought this site was 'documentaries'. Great Hollywood fiction. Al Queda is within the US government, with oBama (no coincidence there is but one letter between that and oSama, nice touch, a joke on all of us) and Al Queda's 'obsession with dates', we also note that George Bush Senior gave his famous 'New World Order speech' on September 11, 1990. Yes, they do have an obsession with dates and they like to make inside jokes on all of us.

John Marus
12 years ago

totally agree this is bs. Great exposure of how manipulative the media is and what spin the 20/20 team is engaged in. No wonder we're screwed

12 years ago

u've god jop

12 years ago

It is Cartoonish! Watch it, worth a laugh... just ridiculously hilariously dumb fiction movie.

This is stinking like rotten fish. Smells of a bad PSYOP, seriously. We need healthy skepticism when dealing with the White House and there dutiful propaganda repeaters in the mainstream media.

There are so many things that are not sitting right here. Reminds me of Jessica Lynch or Pat Tillman frauds that the White House was busted lying & ginning up as PSYOP during the Iraq war. Give it some time, this is going to blow up in there face as a massive fail.

Top US government insider Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, a man who held numerous different influential positions under three different Presidents and still works with the Defense Department, revealed that Osama Bin Laden died in 2001.

Pieczenik said that Osama Bin Laden died in 2001, “Not because special forces had killed him, but because as a physician I had known that the CIA physicians had treated him and it was on the intelligence roster that he had marfan syndrome,” adding that the US government knew Bin Laden was dead before they invaded Afghanistan.

Marfan syndrome is a degenerative genetic disease for which there is no permanent cure. The illness severely shortens the life span of the sufferer.
“He died of marfan syndrome, Bush junior knew about it, the intelligence community knew about it,” said Pieczenik, noting how CIA physicians had visited Bin Laden in July 2001 at the American Hospital in Dubai.

“He was already very sick from marfan syndrome and he was already dying, so nobody had to kill him,” added Pieczenik, stating that Bin Laden died shortly after 9/11 in his Tora Bora cave complex.

Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under three different administrations, Nixon, Ford and Carter, while also working under Reagan and Bush senior, and still works as a consultant for the Department of Defense. A former US Navy Captain, Pieczenik achieved two prestigious Harry C. Solomon Awards at the Harvard Medical School as he simultaneously completed a PhD at MIT.

The character of Jack Ryan, who appears in many Tom Clancy novels and was also played by Harrison Ford in the popular 1992 movie Patriot Games, is also based on Steve Pieczenik.

12 years ago

I was ashamed at how sensationalized this video was. 20/20 used to be on par with such shows as Frontline. This reminds me of Wayne Gayle, host of American Maniacs who interviews Mickey Knox in prison in the movie Natural Born Killers. Oliver Stone was right. I think this is more informative in regards to the bastardization of news in this country than "The mission that brought down OBL". Assassination IS solemn business, no matter who the target is.

12 years ago

Surely a nation of numbskulls cant rule for much longer.

12 years ago

Lol Rofl Pmsl (and all other silly acronyms) American politics has become a world joke Shame on anyone who actually believes this stuff it should be in a category of its own called FANTASY

12 years ago

I asked Osama back in the day whether he really wanted to go through with the plan...this how the tet a tet went:

me: hey, mang, u really wanna do this?
ubl: yep
me: u know u f*** wit america u f*** with da best..
ubl: yeah, well, will see
me: 'nam an aberration, the base would be destroyed
ubl: dat's the bizness we're in...they been going around the world kickin' a** for too long, sumbody gots to give them a taste of their own meds
me: but I ain't prepared for this s***, what's gonna happen to me...
ubl: u can always drive a taxi...u grabastic piece of amphibian s***...

12 years ago

Cool Science fiction documentary . . . come on people you really believe that he got shot . . . one year before elections, and then they simply didn't wanna show his body . . . and when Saddam was hanged it was all over the TV . . . WHO are you kidding . . . ( Besides as USA showed videos of bin Laden, it was clear that when you compare the videos, that different person was on those videos, jet THEY claimed it was Osama ) - - - - this is a joke, and people believing the Fairytale of his Assassination are simply put . . . Well not as smart as they think they are . . .

12 years ago

omg is this actually for real???.... holy s*** it is!!!!! i thought this was some kind of onion style parody it was so ridiculous!!! hahahahahahahahahahaaaa!!! W-O-W

12 years ago

I will just say thank you all team six. You showed your brave. A wilde and deanger animal got eliminate from the earth. Iam aproved Kurd from Iran.

12 years ago

As far as I'm concerned, the Navy Seal are no more than a glorified goon squad!

12 years ago

go USA you can run but can't hide! we will smoke you out, when you awaken a sleeping giant prepare to be flattened beneath it's feet! now I will sit back and watch the fools hate on my comment lol!

12 years ago

oh my Good Lord... this is just too much to handle..

12 years ago

PROPAGANDA ALERT!! PROPAGANDA ALERT!! I bet they had hollywood right this one.

12 years ago

KILLLL SHOTTTTTT! ROFL what a dramatic bunch of tripe.

Bilal Bruce Morpeth
12 years ago

I'll buy American clothes and products, thats some good quality. But I ain't buying there media, its cheap and trashy and you might as well throw it in the bin because it is broken the next day.

12 years ago

I can't even watch this after seeing the intro., it's too much pro-america propaganda for me to stomach..............

12 years ago

that was sh*t*e

12 years ago

dramatic!! don't waste your time watching this s***

12 years ago

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. “

12 years ago

That was freakin embarrassing.
I just want to tell everyone here that not all americans buy this crap.
Some of us still believe in Innocent Until Proven Guilty.

12 years ago

They use words like "Sheeple"

They are the prejudice filled, wanna-be intellectual - douche-bags.

12 years ago

What has haunted me is a story that the second tower was mostly evacuated when someone told the people to go back to their jobs trying to increase the body count I suppose if this story is true the government had to know something was up they couldn't been that stupid since the skies were clear anyone with half a brain should have been suspicious at a airliner crashing into one of twin towers as for Osama being in Pakistan in a city filled with retired generals it was a perfect place to hide the last place anyone would think to find him the only mistake he made was to build his compound to big making it stand out.

12 years ago

Seasoned observers will not be fooled; no matter how many of Obama's bold lies get courageously rolled out; doctored photos that appear on the Mainstream Newspapers of the world (and get busted for being fake); heroic footage (or lack of... think about it?), Continuous correction/updates of CNN Animations laying out what happened?, lurid new testimonials of Porn loving Osama, CIA pronouncements of a million pages of NEW operations/targets/countries/terrorist names, explanations for getting caught faking "Situation Room" Photos, or White House Press Secretaries peddle there unique talents for honesty.

As put simply by Paul Craig Roberts:
“As the alleged body has been dumped into the ocean, nothing remains but the word of the US government, which lied about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda connections, about yellowcake, about Iranian nukes, and, according to thousands of experts, about 9/11. Suddenly the government is telling us the truth about bin Laden’s death? If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll let you have for a good price.”

It's a PSYOP... Obviously, any idiot can see that, Right!?

12 years ago

I am waiting for "The Making of Osama bin Laden".

12 years ago

Don't Know that he is dead, Don't care if he is or not, Will not be voting for Obama because of his new found Heroism. Will not be tuning in to any of the networks to watch this between the 7 minute blocks of cave-men, babies, and talking squirrels trying to sell me S*** I do not need. Propaganda? maybe but so what? Propaganda only works on those who are listening to it.