Special ops forces took out Osama bin Laden, and according to the Associated Press those forces included an elite team of Navy SEALS. As Chris Murphy reports, people celebrating in Coronado Sunday night toasted to the unidentified heroes.
We're learning more about the operation that killed Osama bin Laden and its connection to San Diego.
Just a few dozen Navy SEALs and CIA operatives took down Osama Bin Laden, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
The SEALs involved are the best of the best, from the Naval Special Warfare Development group known as Dev-Gru. The Virginia-based Dev-Gru team is commonly known as SEAL Team 6, a specialized and classified counterterrorism group operating outside of military protocol and often the boundaries of law.
Its members are veteran SEALs who may have trained at Naval Base Coronado and recruited after years of work with SEAL teams to join the elite Dev-Gru.
Team 6 was created to focus on counterterrorism after a failed attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran back in 1980. Recently, the Dev-Gru SEALs have been hunting major al Qaeda and Taliban figures but have also conducted operations in Somalia, the Balkans and Iraq.
The members of SEAL Team 6 often train with and work with the Army's secretive Delta Force and the Special Operations Group of the CIA. The groups are all classified, and their members can't speak about anything to do with their operations, nor will the government confirm any information about them.