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By knowing things that exist.
You can know what does not exist.
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The book of five rings.
-- tunes spear.
The bigger picture.
The operation that killed Osama bin Laden with a combined multi service effort.
Carried out by the joint special operations command and seal team 6 and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Code named Neptune spear it was the quintessential.
Information age mission.
Conceived by a navy admiral who wrote the book on special operations.
And watched on an Internet -- by a president with a Twitter account.
The man who entered Osama bin Laden's compound and brought him to justice.
Were members of the smallest and most elite special operations -- In the united states military.
The Navy SEALs.
The exact number of seals deployed worldwide.
It's a closely held secret.
It can be told however that since World War II.
Fewer than 101000.
Men have earned the right to Wear the Triton.
Eagle anchor and Flint -- -- that marks a sailor as a fully qualified.
It takes more than two years have been tense nonstop training to learn the basics -- qualification of 5326.
-- -- -- From that point on a rookie she'll -- one of the most rigorous meritocracy is conceived by man.
-- -- is judged not only by the nation's he has undertaken.
But also by his courage skill physical ability.
Within this small fraternity.
A man's reputation -- earned solely by his standing as an operator.
To rise in the ranks every -- both officer and -- must demonstrate that he can lead physically in combat.
In the plantings -- There is no shortcut to me.
This is the history of the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
It is also the story of the -- operators themselves.
The daunting challenges they faced.
And the every -- and dangerous menace posed by Osama bin Laden.
And -- -- bond creation.
Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States of America.
And for -- teen years terrorists working in his pay killed as many people as we possibly could.
For an organization that declared itself to be at war with crusaders and Jews.
Most of Osama bin Laden's victims were Muslims.
In writing this book certain accommodations have been made to protect operational security.
And the identity seal team operators.
This is necessary to protect both them and their families.
Obscured also are some of the locations of bases and mission elements.
When the government revealed operation Neptune spear some of the men involved became public figures.
-- used their correct names.
The names of operational.
Past and present have been changed as have the names of the intelligence professionals who supported.
I have tried to draw the personalities involved in this mission as accurately as possible.
Some of my portraits are frank.
It has been -- -- to omit some details of the operation -- bin Laden's compound.
So as not to contribute to the tactical understanding of our enemy.
The seals I have left in Chatham and those serving elsewhere have the respect and thanks we're grateful nation.
I'm proud to count myself as a brother.
Every mission that seals undertake add to the corporate knowledge of the team.
Neptune spear was certainly no exception.
In order to comprehend the events and a -- bought one has to understand the man who conducted the mission.
That includes an appreciation for what it takes to become -- A grueling two and a half year process.
And the -- -- -- decades long journey -- -- operator must make.
Before he can be selected for duty at -- -- six.
So difficult is the training process and so skilled -- operate.
-- the -- of seal team six are called Jeddah.
This Newton hardly an exaggeration.
Several key missions were undertaken by seal team six before the bin Laden operation.
These included an operation to free the captain of the immersed Alabama Richard Phillips who had been captured by Somali pirates.
Another mission was the -- and interdiction of Musab Al Zarqawi Osama bin Laden's hand picked operational command in -- Both of these operations contributed.
To the tactical acumen the seals brought to Osama is competent.
-- recounted here so the reader may judge the men and the organization that accomplished.
Nearly impossible corporation.
This book will also briefly examine this historical currents and intellectual climate.
That shaped the character of a man who decided to overthrow the world.
The reader will forgive a brief diversion.
Into both the history of Islam and the politics of the middle weeks.
These subjects were studied intently but this -- operators who descended on bin Laden's compound.
For almost ten years the -- is pronouncement and -- -- Research has operations and planning.
-- again on his phone conversations.
And traced the low of his money.
They knew their enemy well.
And on the night of may first 2011.
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