Barack Obama awarded highest honours Friday to the elite special forces team that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, DPA reported.
Obama flew Friday to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he held private meetings with the Navy SEALs and the Army's 5th Special Forces Group and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, a helicopter unit known as the Night Stalkers.
The groups were part of the assault early Monday on the compound where the fugitive bin Laden, the founder and chief of the terrorist network al-Qaeda, was secretly living in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Obama personally thanked each unit "for their heroic and selfless service" and was briefed by participants in the Abbottabad raid.
"The president and Vice President (Joe Biden) then met with the full assault force that carried out the operation," the official said.
Obama awarded each of the units involved the Presidential Unit Citation, "the highest such honor that can be given to a unit - in recognition of their extraordinary service and achievement," the White House official said.