Greatest Raid In Modern American History

Greatest Raid In Modern American History

By KBJR News 1

May 3, 2011 Updated May 3, 2011 at 7:05 PM CDT

Iron River, WI - (Northland's News Center) -The nation is in awe of the American special forces that led the raid that successfully took out the number one man on the U-S most wanted list.

One retired special agent from the Northland says to make a raid like that successful takes training, practice and guts.

In arguably one the greatest raids in modern American History, the United States Military took down the most dangerous terrorist in the world.

"It was the best special operations raid conducted really in modern history of special ops. This is a big deal," says Counter-Terrorism Expert, Michael Sheehan.

Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Major, John Plaster, served in covert operations in Southeast Asia for three years during Vietnam.

Reflecting on his experience in the Army Special Forces, Plaster said operations such as that conducted by the Navy SEALS require months of extensive preparation to ensure success.

Major Plaster says the Bin Laden raid was successful because of that training and another important element.

"Fresh intelligence, actionable intelligence is the key to conducting a successful raid. And in this case they had exactly that," Plaster says.

Major Plaster says keeping track of covert raids is like keeping track of a moving train.

"It's called an operational cycle from the beginning to the end. And until now, Osama Bin Laden had been spotted many times. But, because of that cycle, he moved quicker than we can execute. But finally he stayed in one position long enough that that whole cycle worked," Plaster said.

The raid took a total of 38-minutes...a testament Plaster said to the elite training special operatives receive.

"There were a tremendous number of rehearsals. Every man on that raid knew exactly what his job was and as a back up incase a comrade was wounded or killed, he knew another guy's job as well," Plaster said.

Plaster says he applauds the courage, the planning and the rehearsals that went into making this a successful operation.

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