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Wednesday
Feb012017

O'Neill book set for April release

(BUTTE)- The book by the Butte man who claims to have taken the killing shot which ended the life of Osama bin Laden is due for an April release. 

Rob O'Neill was a Navy SEAL who was on the 2011 raid on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan where the Al-Qaeda leader was taken after several years on the run following the 9-11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. O'Neill made the claim a couple of years ago and has been traveling around the country making appearances as a motivational speaker, although he's come under some criticism from others for telling the story. 

Now, publisher Scribner will share O'Neill's story in a new book called "The Operator". A posting online shows the book will be available on April 25th. 

The description says the book will detail more than 400 missions, including the bin Laden raid, and the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. The publisher describes the book as "stirringly evocative, thought-provoking and often jaw-dropping."

Wednesday
Nov052014

Navy SEAL who shot Bin Laden named as native of Butte

Rob O'Neill photo from his Twitter account (LONDON)- A British newspaper has identified the Navy SEAL who delivered the killing shots to infamous terrorist Osama bin Laden as a native of Butte. 

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Rob O'Neill was a member of the SEAL team who was sent in to finally capture bin Laden in May 2010, a mission that ultimately resulted in bin Laden's death. 

According to the paper, O'Neill is scheduled to tell his story on Fox News later this month. But the publication was able to verify the 16-year former Navy veteran independently, talking with the soldier's father. The story also says O'Neill, who is said to have shot bin Laden with three shots to the head, decided to speak out about the SEAL Team Six mission after he lost some of his military benefits. 

O'Neill's father Tom told the Mail he has no fears about his, or his son's safety, because of the breaking story. 

While there had been local talk that the SEAL who played a critical role in bin Laden mission was from Butte, but this is the first public confirmation of his identity.