McChrystal: Bin Laden raid’s success had roots in Iraq War

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The U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden had its roots in a secret counterterrorism unit that killed a terrorist leader in Iraq five years earlier, according to its former commander, retired Army General Stanley McChrystal.

The May 2011 assault in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by commandos from the U.S. Navy’s elite Seal Team Six used tactics honed in hundreds of raids pursuing al-Qaeda in Iraq and its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in 2006. U.S. forces also refined their tactics during the American troop surge in Afghanistan in 2010, McChrystal said in an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York.

McChrystal credited cooperation between the military and the Central Intelligence Agency for the successful attack on bin Laden’s compound.

Source: Newsmax

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