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Revealed At Last: Rob O'Neill Is The Navy Seal Who Killed Bin Laden

06/11/2014 08:20 GMT | Updated 06/11/2014 08:59 GMT

This is a man who shot the world's most wanted terrorist, revealed for the first time.

Rob O'Neill, 38, was the US Navy SEAL who killed the man who masterminded and funded the 9/11 terror attacks on New York and Washington.

"People are asking if we are worried that ISIS will come and get us because Rob is going public," his father Tom O'Neill told MailOnline. "I say I’ll paint a big target on my front door and say come and get us.

"My ex-wife gave birth to a man. We shouldn't be cowering in fear."

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Rob O'Neill, the man set to be unmasked as the shooter of bin Laden

As a member of SEAL Team Six, Rob O'Neill shot bin Laden three times in his forehead at close range, as the team stormed the compound in Abbottobad, Pakistan, on May 2nd 2011.

O'Neill has spoken once before, anonymously, as The Shooter, in a magazine article for Esquire, where he criticised provisions for veterans as he prepared to leave the Navy. He has since been on a motivational speaking tour, though he has not so far mentioned he was the man to shoot bin Laden.

Raised in Montana, O'Neill has taken part in more than 400 combat missions, according to the documentary where he first reveals his identity. He has been personally congratulated by President Barack Obama, and been decorated more than 50 times in his 16-year-career, where he was deployed on dozens of tours of duty, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is set to give a two-part Fox interview later in November.

Three of O'Neill's missions have been turned in Hollywood movies, including ZeroDarkThirty, with Jessica Chastain, about the killing of bin Laden. He donated the shirt he wore during the mission to the 9/11 memorial museum in New York.

But O'Neill was also one of the leaders of the team that rescued Captain Phillips, from the Maersk Alabama that was captured by Somali pirates, and made into the movie with Tom Hanks. He also helped with the mission to rescue SEAL Marcus Luttrell, which was made into the film Lone Survivor.

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Rob O'Neill does speaking tours now

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He was a Navy SEAL for 16 years

O'Neill is set to reveal the moment he locked eyes with bin Laden, and exactly what happened in the last moments of the al Qaeda leader's life.

But he could potentially face legal action from superiors for giving the interview, which they say could endanger future missions and his teammates.

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Rob O'Neill has been warned he could jeopardise his teammates

In a letter to SEALs, Force Master Chief Michael Magaraci and commander Rear Admiral Brian Losey said that remaining anonymous was crucial for former SEALs.

"All members exposed to classified information have a duty obligation to protect this information, regardless of what may be reflected in the media, accurately or otherwise," the letter read.

"We will actively seek judicial consequence for members who willfully violate the law, and place our Teammates, our Families, and potential future operations at risk."