US Navy SEAL from bin Laden raid to publish firsthand account
A first-person account by a Navy commando who participated in last year's raid against Osama bin Laden's Pakistan hideout is due to be published next month, The New York Times reported Wednesday, DPA reported.
The still-anonymous member of the elite SEALS, who retired since the May 2011 raid, was present when the al-Qaeda terrorist network founder was slain, publisher Penguin Books said.
The book, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden, is written under the pseudonym Mark Owen, and the names of other SEALs mentioned are also changed in the book. Journalist Kevin Maurer, who has covered the war in Afghanistan, co-wrote the book.
The volume is due to be released on September 11, the anniversary of the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks that killed 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
Penguin calls it a "blow-by blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen's life, straight through to the radio call confirming bin Laden's death."