SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Says Women Deserve a Shot at Special Ops

A female soldier participate in combatives training during the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning, Ga., April 20, 2015. (Photo by Nikayla Shodeen)A female soldier participate in combatives training during the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning, Ga., April 20, 2015. (Photo by Nikayla Shodeen)

The former U.S. Navy SEAL known for killing Osama bin Laden said he supports women serving in elite special operations units as long as they can meet the standard.

Robert O’Neill, who claimed credit for firing the deadly shots that killed the al-Qaida leader during a covert U.S. raid into Pakistan in 2011, appeared on Fox News on Feb. 16 to discuss the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all direct combat jobs to women.

“I’ve operated with women; they have actually come with us on operations,” O’Neill said. “We use them a lot for some of the searching of women and children, cultural-sensitivity type stuff.”

O’Neill was referring to a select group of highly trained women who served on the Special Operations Command Cultural Support Team.

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