The code name Geronimo controversy came about after media reports that the U.S. operation to kill Osama bin Laden used the code name “Geronimo” to refer to either the overall operation, to fugitive bin Laden himself or to the act of killing or capturing bin Laden.

 Press reports claimed that “Geronimo” was used in the raid to refer to bin Laden himself,[1][2] but this was later contradicted by official sources.[3] The official mission code name was Operation Neptune Spear[4][5] (a reference to the trident in the SEAL insignia), with Jackpot as the code name for bin Laden as an individual and Geronimo as the code word for bin Laden’s capture or death.[6] In the book No Easy Day, former SEAL Matt Bissonnette, who participated in the mission, states that “Geronimo” was the code name for bin Laden.[7]

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