However the Human Intelligence inputs rather than ELINT played a crucial role.
Details are emerging about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
The terrorist leader was in a compound protected by concrete walls and barbed wire.
They were transported in modified MH-60 helicopters. One was destroyed by special forces after it appeared to stall over the compound. Planners were reportedly terrified of another Black Hawk Down scenario, when a downed helicopter stranded troops in enemy territory. However, they were able to depart in a reinforcement craft.
A MH-60 costs about $28 million to produce.
The team probably used thermal imaging to see through walls and determine where everyone was.
Although it was initially reported that Bin Laden was killed after resisting arrest, military officials have admitted that they planned to kill him. He was shot twice in the left side of his face. 22 people were killed in the raid; presumably everyone in the compound.
Seal Team 6 used facial recognition devices to confirm Bin Laden’s identity, along with DNA testing
Gallup Polls Approve of Osama Killing. Poll Details.
Military Gets the Most Credit
When Americans are asked how much credit they would give to Barack Obama, George W. Bush, the CIA, and the U.S. military for finding and killing bin Laden, the U.S. military and the CIA emerge as the big winners in the public’s eyes. Nearly 9 of 10 (89%) say the military deserves “a great deal of credit,” while 62% say the same about the CIA.
Americans are more reserved in giving credit to President Obama. Thirty-five percent say he deserves a great deal of credit and another 36% say he deserves “a moderate amount” of credit. More than a quarter say he does not deserve much or any credit at all.