An insurgent attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu leaves more than 30 people dead, including six government officials.
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They’re the elite group of soldiers who took out al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden - the Navy Sea, Air and Land Team, or SEALs - and their fame is higher than ever. But what do we know about these clandestine operators?
A former Navy SEAL tells ABC about the most elite group - known as Team Six - and how they’re selected.
“SEAL Team Six is better funded of course, they get the better toys. But SEAL Team Six members are screened from the regular Navy SEAL teams. They go to SEAL Team Six, go through a selection course which we call Green Team, and then if you make it through there, you’re a member of SEAL Team 6 and you train every day of your life.”
Team Six also took out Somali pirates who invaded an American ship back in April 2009.
“These are quiet professionals who, if you told them today that there was another mission that they had to be on, they’d be right back in those helicopters right at it. These are warriors who are really dedicated to this mission.” (Video: CBS)
Not every SEAL operation has gone according to plan - like the botched rescue of a British aid worker in Afghanistan in October 2010. But WTKR explains the SEALs work hard to assure their mission is successful, no matter what happens.
MIKE MATHER: “Even on the mission to kill bin Laden, a helicopter broke down, yet the SEALs continued without a hitch. And that, Shipley says, is what makes them SEALs.
DON SHIPLEY: “Now this is a SEAL version of raising the flag on Mount Sirabachi. It’s a huge, huge thing for the county and the military.”
And with heightened curiosity about the SEALS comes new details about the operation that led to bin Laden’s death. White Houses officials are giving mixed messages about what happened. Politico reports a White House official had mentioned bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed. A writer for Time asks - could the SEALs have captured him instead?
“Did [bin Laden] threaten the SEALs who confronted him... Or did someone have an overwhelming human impulse to dispatch perhaps the most hated man in America with a quick ‘double-tap.’ Was this, in other words, a combat death–or, in all practical terms, an execution?”
White House officials maintain the SEALs offered bin Laden the chance to surrender, and he resisted arrest.
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UNICEF's Kun Li reports on a sharp increase in the number of severely malanourished Somali refugee children struggling to survive in camps in Dadaab, north-eastern Kenya.
UNICEF Deputy Representative in Somalia Hannan Sulieman talks about working in the best interests of Somali children amidst drought, famine and conflict.
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For the second time in more than 30 years, Iranian warships have entered the Mediterranean Sea. Euronews has more...
“The navy’s top admiral said the craft, thought to be a destroyer and its supply vessel were on a mission of peace but also that Iran wanted to showcase its naval power.”
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The media first learned of the Iranian voyage Saturday — the same day a high-ranking British official made a big statement about the Iranian threat. The Huffington Post has more...
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