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Navy Seal Who Killed Bin Laden Threatened by Islamic State

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One of the U.S. Navy Seals who killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has received personalized death threats from an Islamic State supporter.

Former marine Rob O’Neill had his address in Butte, Montana posted online by an Islamic State-affiliated Twitter account with the hashtag #RunRobertRun.

Undersheriff George Skuletich of the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department told media that O’Neill no longer lives in Butte but the threat had been received and was being taken seriously by law-enforcement officers.

The Twitter account belonged to Sally Jones, a British convert to Islam who travelled to Syria and joined the Islamic State and was married to Junaid Hussain, another British citizen who played a senior role in the Islamic State as a hacker. Hussain was killed in a drone strike in August.

O’Neill is now working as a network contributor for Fox News and last year claimed he fired the fatal shot which killed bin Laden.

The news of the threat broke on the 14th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, which occurred yesterday. 

"I’ve been ready for this since we killed Osama bin Laden," O'Neill told Sean Hannity on Tuesday. "I know how to defend myself."

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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