Navy SEAL who shot bin Laden was at war for years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill has played a role in some of the most consequential combat missions of the post 9/11 era, including three depicted in Hollywood movies. And now he’s telling the world about them. He says he say he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden.

By going public, O’Neill may have put himself and his family at greater risk. And he has earned the enmity of some current and former SEALs by violating their code of silence.

But the winner of two Silver and five Bronze Stars makes no apologies for any of that. He tells The Associated Press that he believes the American public has a right to more details about the operation that killed the al-Qaida leader.