With the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, approaching quickly, REELZ is reflecting on the Central Intelligence Agency's 10-year-hunt for the mastermind behind the most devastating day in recent United States history.
The upcoming documentary, CIA vs. Bin Laden: First In, will be the most revealing of its kind, featuring interviews with former directors, CIA case officers, military leaders, members of European intelligence services and U.S. Congressmen who played direct roles in the top-secret pursuit and elimination of the world's most wanted terrorist.
And Radar has an exclusive sneak peek.
Those most intimately involved with the hunt and destruction of Osama Bin Laden have been understandably reluctant to share their stories. With so much at stake, the quiet professionals have purposely stayed out of the public eye for two decades.
But now, as a collective crew, they are going on the record to tell the most harrowing stories of what may be the most intense and important catch-and-kill mission of all time.
The leader of the militant Islamist organization al-Qaeda was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, by U.S. Navy SEALs of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group. The operation – which was codenamed Operation Neptune Spear – was carried out with Joint Special Operations Command, which coordinated the Special Mission Units involved in the raid launched from Afghanistan.
It goes without saying that the tracking down of Bin Laden was no easy task, and although it's to be lauded, the undeniable feat did nothing to bring back the 2,977 dead mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and friends who perished tragically and unnecessarily as a result of his attack on New York City's Twin Towers, which once stood at the Center of the World Trade Center.
The REELZ special presentation of CIA vs. Bin Laden: First In premieres Sunday, Sept. 5 at 8 PM ET/PT on REELZ.
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