Skip to comments.How an ex-SAS man and a former Irish Ranger .... rescue dozens of Kenyan mall hostages
Posted on 11/03/2013 12:24:26 PM PST by naturalman1975
Witnesses have described how an ex-SAS man and a former Irish Ranger helped to organise the rescue mission which saved dozens of hostages during the Nairobi shopping mall attack.
In total at least 67 people died when al-Shabaab gunman carried out the siege at Westgate in Nairobi on September 21.
Children as young as five were shot up to five times by the terrorists.
But it has emerged that two security consultants took control of the rescue mission before authorities turned up which helped to save dozens of lives, according to The Observer.
Witness reports, photographs and video footage gives an idea of the bravery carried out by these two men.
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Revealed: How an ex-SAS man and a former Irish Ranger kept their cool to rescue dozens of Kenyan mall hostages amid official panic
I would guess that most people reading this would be well aware of who the SAS are - the Army Ranger Wing (Sciathán Fiannóglach an Airm) of the Irish Defence Force is less well known. It was formed in 1980 as a special forces unit, its original members being trained by the United States Army at the Ranger School in Fort Benning. It's relative newness means it hasn't had many chances to forge a reputation, but they've got the training, and this incident shows, once again, the value of a man with the right training and the right attitudes at the right place at the right time.
The Kenyan troops were too busy looting!
Some of them were, yes. But looking at the footage, there were plenty of Kenyan troops there who did their jobs and saved lives as well. I think it’s very important that what they did isn’t minimised because of what some other people did.
White guys taking care of business.
Let us remember the stand down orders to help come from the White Hut.
Gunner Anoreth, USCG, would have done the same ... all 5”1’ of pure Germanic berserkergang.
Heroic figures like these veterans should get 100 times the amount of press the victims get. We don’t learn anything from reading about people who got killed because they were, unfortunately, in the wrong place at the wrong time. We learn from the stories of people who were will and able to really contribute when things went to hell.
Too true. Society is gonna miss us when we tire of their shit.
I disagree. The stories of the victims highlight why these crimes are so abominable. To ignore their stories simply reduces them to a mere backdrop to some thrilling action story. By knowing the stories of the victims, that they loved and were loved by others, we remain keenly aware of the magnitude of the evil that we are facing with these terrorists. We need to hear the stories of the heroes too, but not to the exclusion of the victims.
I am sure she would have. I think almost anybody trained in a professional military would have. I would have tried (retired Naval officer) - I'm certainly not close to being up to SAS or any other special forces standard, but I'd still put my training up against these terrorist scum anyday.
To be clear, in case it wasn't, my statement about the value of a man with the right training and the right attitudes at the right place at the right time.
is not intended to suggest that these things are only true of a man. I've met plenty of women in the services who could do the jobs they had to do and were trained to do, as well as anybody else. But I learned that phrase in the form I used it, and it just doesn't sound right to me if I say person instead of man.
Having looked at the pictures of Gunner Anoreth I see on your profile pages, I can see no reason to doubt that she is a fine sailor and she'd be a fine shipmate, who could be relied on to the do the job she was called on to do.
- The Laws of the Navy (apologies to a Coast Guard sailor, but it's the best advice and tribute this old sailor can offer to a young one.)
I see your point, and I suppose I agree to some extent. I just think the glorification of victims - of anything, not just terrorism - is excessive.
My father was a Navy officer, too, for almost 30 years. Anoreth has been in the Coast Guard almost 5 years now, and her sister, who is 15, is thinking of signing up when she’s old enough. She doesn’t think going to college sounds nearly as fun as getting on a boat and wreaking havoc on the high seas. (Or even the shallow seas.)
ALL the way.
Too bad a lot of the “havoc” wreaked by the USCG is toward their countrymen as the “fish police”. They tend more toward being the stormtroopers in support of extreme environmentalist, agenda-driven policies. Pretty easy terrorizing fishermen trying to wrest a living from the unforgiving ocean. The fines and other punishments they wield make a tough living even tougher, and have broken many.
They should stick to protecting the coasts from foreign invaders and search and rescue, both at which they excel.
I think you're getting Benghazi and Kenya mixed up.