He was the world's most wanted criminal, with a 25 million dollar bounty on his head. For almost ten years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden was on the run, his whereabouts unknown. On May 1, 2011, under cover of darkness, a US special operations team lead by Navy SEALs descended over a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. Within forty minutes, Osama bin Laden was dead. It was a perfectly executed, covert mission of American Special Ops.
In this 'boots on the ground' episode of "War Stories," you'll get a gripping, inside understanding of covert intelligence collection, high risk meets with clandestine informants, and rapid response capture-kill missions. From three month-long embeds with US soldiers and Marines, Special Operations units and the DEA, our "War Stories" team takes you on heart-thumping raids into Taliban strongholds, and you'll meet the unsung heroes who fight in the shadows to take down the Taliban. And from Kabul, General David Petraeus, the commander of all US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, gives Oliver North his assessment of the war.
It's a front line view of how brave American men and women are fighting in Afghanistan and the unique mission of American special operations.