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  • Spec Ops Meteorologists: S**t-Hot

    12/07/2016 5:24:13 AM PST · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/7/2016 | J Hines
    "Those guys were S**t-Hot, and could swing like Tarzan, think like Einstein and climb like Spider-Man," remembers a member of Delta Force, who deployed with SOWTs and Combat Controllers during the fierce early months of the war in Afghanistan. In order to better wage war in Afghanistan and understand the data so that troops could be best protected, the government sent a number of weathermen to the theater of war. These weathermen are also known as special operations weather technicians or SOWTs. In fact, these are the only commando forecasters that the Department of Defense has in its employment. These...
  • The Making of a Legend - Larry Vickers

    07/15/2016 10:53:50 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/15/2016 | Troy Taysom
    Internet videos have launched numerous people into stardom, many for doing silly and stupid tricks while inebriated. When I need a good laugh at someone else’s expense, I go to the internet and look for the latest rube who has skirted death and videoed it. But the internet has also introduced some interesting people who we would have otherwise never known about. Larry Vickers is one of these people. By now, most people in the shooting world have an idea who he is, or have watched one of his videos. After seeing a few, I decided that there was so...
  • The SEALs must return to the shadows

    11/02/2015 12:33:38 AM PST · by pboyington · 64 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 2, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    The Navy SEALs have been everywhere in the media in the last few years: in films, books, magazines, video games, on news shows and the Internet. While publicity is always good for the military, is this the type of PR you want for a covert special warfare unit? Are the SEALs a special operations group or a circus act in wet suits? Every time I turn on Fox News, some muscle bound SEAL is on promoting a book like “Manage your company like a SEAL”, “The SEAL Cookbook”, “160 Ways to Garrote a Tango.” If they’re not pumping up a...
  • Does the Pentagon know that assumptions can be deadly?

    11/01/2015 12:49:46 AM PDT · by pboyington · 5 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 31, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    There’s an old military maxim, which says, “Assumptions are the mother of all —-ups.” That ancient adage, along with commons sense and moral courage has been tossed straight into a Pentagon dumpster. Here are some assumptions that are wafting through the corridors of the Pentagon like a dense fog. “Two bombs a day keeps ISIS away” – Operation Inherent Resolve, the US led air campaign against ISIS has been going for over a year now and has been nothing but a dismal failure and a joke. No matter what the Pentagon says, two bombs a day, doesn’t keep ISIS away....
  • New Video Shows Delta Force and Kurdish Forces Raiding ISIS Prison

    10/25/2015 8:03:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/25/2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Separately from the political news this morning, the Sunday shows like This Week and CNN are discussing this video from a Kurdish news site which features helmet-cam footage of the U.S.-Kurdish joint rescue mission that liberated 70 prisoners from an ISIS prison in northern Iraq. The video shows Kurdish Peshmerga special forces and supported by elite U.S. Delta Force soldiers, searching prisoners; then after a moment, in a darker passage, gunfire and prisoners running around a dark corner, waved along by armed troops. After a few moments, the offscreen gunfire increases in frequency and volume and the prisoners run...
  • Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, U.S. Commando Killed in ISIS Raid, Ran to Gunfight

    10/23/2015 4:01:56 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 30 replies ^ | 23 Oct 2014 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler of Roland, Oklahoma, a highly-decorated soldier and father of four, rushed into action when he heard sounds of gunfire coming from a prison in Iraq where dozens of ISIS-held hostage were being held on Thursday. Those actions, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters on Friday, weren't part of the original rescue mission plan, but were critical to its success. "I am immensely proud of this young man," Carter said adding that his thoughts and prayers go out to Wheeler's family. Earlier Friday, Defense officials confirmed to NBC News Wheeler, 39, as the American Delta Force commando...
  • Veteran Delta Force sergeant is first US casualty of ISIS ground war

    10/23/2015 8:04:33 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/23/15 | Andy Milne
    The first American soldier to be killed fighting on the ground against ISIS was a twenty-year veteran Special Forces sergeant, it was announced today. Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler, 39, was killed during a raid in northern Iraq this week to rescue 69 Iraqis who were about to be executed by ISIS. MSgt Wheeler is believed to have been a member of the Army's top secret Delta Force, and his unit was supporting Kurdish fighters in the raid on the ISIS stronghold on Hawija. Although the US commandos were not initially planning to directly take part in the raid, when the...
  • Private Emails Reveal SoS Clinton Aides Secret Spy Network (nothing about bridesmaid's dresses)

    03/28/2015 3:56:18 AM PDT · by Liz · 81 replies ^ | 3/27/15 | JEFF GERTH w/ Sam Biddle of, Gawker
    Updated March 27 to include responses from the FBI and the State Department. Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of States private account starting before the Benghazi attack. Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthals account. The emails, which were posted on the internet...
  • Meet Cody Shearer, the Strangest Character in Hillarys Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

    06/01/2015 4:16:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/1/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    And you thought Sidney Blumenthal was shady. Few people have heard of Cody Shearer, the unsanctioned diplomat, private eye, and Clinton flunky whose name surfaced in connection with the so-called intelligence reports Sidney Blumenthal was channeling to Hillary Clinton during her time at the State Department. But this shadowy fixture of the Clinton machine was everywhere in the 1990s including war-torn Bosnia, where he became the subject of a State Department investigation after he represented himself as an agent of the U.S. government and took cash from a genocidal warlord. Now evidence suggests Shearer, working with his partner Blumenthal,...
  • Enter Sid Blumenthal

    04/10/2015 8:44:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | 4-9-15 | Scott Johnson
    Jeff Gerth and Sam Biddle explore an important sidebar both to the affair of the Hillary Clinton homebrew email server and to the Benghazi scandal: Private emails reveal ex-Clinton aides secret spy network. Long story short: enter Sid Blumenthal, one of the most unsavory characters of the Clinton era. Enter Sid Blumenthal along with Tyler Drumheller and Cody Shearer, that is. Mark Hemingway reviews the triumvirate in Meet the men behind Hillary Clintons private spy network Ed Morrissey finds NBCs Chuck Todd commenting regarding Blumenthal that nothing regarding Blumenthal surprises me, but Blumenthal enters the story from left field. Gerth...
  • Abu Sayyaf raid required U.S. troops to use hand to hand combat

    05/16/2015 2:28:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 54 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | May 16, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    U.S. Special Operations Forces had to fight hand to hand in Friday nights raid that killed the Islamic State terrorist group senior commander Abu Sayyaf, several defense officials told The Daily Beast Saturday. Troops from the U.S. Army Delta Force landed near a multi-story building with Ospreys and Blackhawks and were met with resistance when they entered, including hand to hand combat, one official told The Daily Beast. There was some resistance from armed guards and from the terrorist commander himself, but the troops were well prepared to handle that, another official said.
  • Suspected Plotter of U.S. Embassy Attacks Abu Anas Al-Libi Dies in New York

    01/03/2015 5:40:45 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 33 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/3/15 | Jonathan Dienst and Robert Windrem
    A one-time associate of Osama Bin Laden died in New York on Friday while awaiting trial for allegedly plotting the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Abu Anas al-Libi, 50, was captured in Libya by U.S. commandos in Oct. 2013 and brought to New York where he was due to stand trial. He had been wanted for more than a decade and there was a $5 million reward for his arrest. Al-Libi had pleaded not guilty. The al Qaeda terror suspect has been in poor health and suffered liver disease as a result of hepatitis C, according...
  • Report: US captures al-Qaeda leader in Libya

    10/05/2013 3:49:06 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    ITV ^ | 10/5/13 | ITV
    A senior al-Qaeda leader has been captured near the Libyan city of Tripoli in an operation apparently unrelated to the raid in Somalia, NBC News reports. Anas al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai'I, has been wanted by the US for more than a decade and has a $5 million reward on his head.
  • Former Delta Force Doctor is Top Rural Doc in America

    12/26/2014 6:28:47 AM PST · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/26/2014 | C Carroll
    Dr. John Rob Marsh was already more than 12 hours into his workday last Tuesday when he rolled up to a tiny darkened house in Vesuvius, an out-of-the-way town in Virginias Shenandoah Valley. His willingness to come out here when we need him well, its the kind of attitude you dont find that much anymore, she said. Were just fortunate. Tirelessness and the confidence to operate alone in a crisis key requirements for rural physicians were drilled into him in his previous job as the doctor for the Armys elite Delta Force antiterrorism unit. Read the...
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments were told theyll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Elite special forces in danger of cracking as demand is outpacing capacity

    03/12/2014 9:48:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Americas in-demand global force against terrorists is showing signs of stress and appears to be gliding toward a decline in readiness, says a Pentagon budget overview on special operations forces. With the end of U.S. military operations in the Iraq War, the thought was that fewer deployments would give some relief to special operations forces after a dozen years of overseas fighting. But the 2015 budget overview says demand for special operations forces is up, not down. It talks of significant stress on the force and notes that the demand for Delta Force troops, Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other...
  • Delta Force Snatching Al-Qaeda Suspect In Libya

    02/10/2014 4:22:43 PM PST · by gandalftb · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | FEB. 10, 2014 | MICHAEL KELLEY
    A video of the U.S. special operations mission to capture al-Qaeda terrorism suspect Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai (aka Anas al-Libi). The mission was carried out by the CIA, the FBI, and the U.S. Armys elite Delta Force.
  • U.S. Military Commandos Made It To Benghazi

    10/30/2013 8:34:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    Masked from public view, two of the U.S. militarys elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administrations original story about the Benghazi tragedy. For months, administration officials have claimed no special operations forces were dispatched from outside Libya to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012, al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex because none was within range. The Pentagon, under intense public criticism for not coming to the aid of besieged Americans, published an official timeline in November that carefully danced around the issue....
  • U.S. Officials Say Libya Approved Commando Raids

    10/09/2013 5:33:30 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 9, 2013 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON The Libyan government in recent weeks tacitly approved two American commando operations in its country, according to senior American officials, one to capture a senior militant from Al Qaeda and another to seize a militia leader suspected of carrying out the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi. The Qaeda leader, Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, was captured by American commandos in Tripoli on Saturday in a raid that the United States had hoped to keep secret, but that leaked out to the news media. The operation has been widely denounced by Libyan officials, who...
  • Reality Show Cast Member Who Died in Crash Was Special Forces Veteran

    02/11/2013 7:26:27 PM PST · by Selene · 17 replies
    NYT-MEDIA DECODER ^ | February 11, 2013 | BRIAN STELTER
    The reality television show cast member who died in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday was an Army Special Forces veteran who had served four tours of duty in Iraq, family members said Monday. The cast member, Michael Donatelli, 45, was going to show off a lot of his military skills on the show, which was in production for the Discovery Channel, said one of his nieces, Venessa Vega.

    02/04/2013 8:51:04 AM PST · by cricket · 39 replies
    Pat ^ | February 4, 2013 | H/T Sammy Madigan/Lt. Col. Jerry Boykin
    Many speak; but not nearly enough listening. More must 'wake up' and damn the bonds of political correctness - restore 'critical mind' - so that America can recover it's original-intent purpose. Lt.Gen. Jerry Boykin; 'Special Forces'; Green Beret. . .taught at Hampden-Sydney; now Exec.Vice President/Family Rersearch Council - 'owns' his credentials; and so, has both credibility and authority. A video link to share. Lt.Gen.Boykin: marxist insurgency link Further hand/in/hand verification:
  • White House widening covert war in North Africa

    10/03/2012 12:05:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 10/3/2012 | Kimberly Dozier
    Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa in the months before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. The soldiers' mission: Set up a network that could quickly strike a terrorist target or rescue a hostage. But the teams had yet to do much counterterrorism work in Libya, though the White House signed off a year ago on the plan to build the new military task force in the region and the advance teams had been there for six months, according to three U.S. counterterror officials and a former...
  • Look where Delta Force general (Boykin) is headed

    07/13/2012 6:18:52 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | July 13, 2012 | Unknown
    Retired Lt. Gen. William Jerry Boykin, whose fiery exhortations to protect America from encroaching Shariah law and other dangers have highlight headlines in recent months, has been named executive vice president of Family Research Council. According to todays announcement, he will be tasked with the responsibility of overseeing day-to-day operations including policy, church ministries, finance, development, communications, human resources, facilities, information technology, constituent communications and customer service. An original member of the U.S. Armys Delta Force, he ultimately commanded the elite team in combat operations, and later led the Armys Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and...
  • US/S.KOREA has joint commando rescue plan for S. Korea workers stuck on N. Korean side at Kaesong

    05/29/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 126 replies · 4,913+ views
    This is a link to the original Japanese story just now.Rather sketchy and breaking, but will synopsize main points into English as thus:There is the large Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea for manufacturing products, which is just across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from the truce village of Panmunjom, jointly run by North and South Korea. You can clearly see this development from overlook vantage points on hills located around Panmunjom. There are a number of South Korean managers and employers there on-site as we speak. At this time, they are apparantly not free to leave.N. Korea is threatening to...
  • Government Informant: Delta Force Involved In Waco Shoot-Out (1999)

    04/19/2010 6:06:14 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 107 replies · 4,713+ views
    September 6, 1999 WASHINGTON--A former government officer has told investigators that members of the secret Army unit Delta Force said they participated in a shoot-out during the final assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. The witness, according to congressional sources, has already named names; and will soon offer his account under oath! The development caused panic and confusion at the top levels of the Justice Department and the FBI over the holiday weekend, leaving one top official scrambling for details. FBI Director Freeh has demanded a full briefing, one agency source divulged late...
  • Who is Eric Haney?

    03/26/2006 7:29:35 PM PST · by teh_gospel_of_thomas · 47 replies · 3,837+ views
    (L.A.) Daily News ^ | 03/26/2006 | David Kronke
    Eric Haney, a retired command sergeant major of the U.S. Army, was a founding member of Delta Force, the military's elite covert counter-terrorist unit. Q: What's your assessment of the war in Iraq? A: Utter debacle. But it had to be from the very first.
  • Delta Force Commander Says The Best Plan To Kill The Al Qaeda Leader In 2001 Was Nixed

    10/06/2008 12:55:00 AM PDT · by Gator_that_eats_Dems · 46 replies · 3,319+ views
    CBS Online via The Spartan Truth ^ | Gator_that_eats_dems
    CBS) Shortly after 9/11, the Pentagon ordered a top secret team of American commandos into Afghanistan with a single, simple order: kill Osama bin Laden. It was America's best chance to eliminate the leader of al Qaeda. The inside story of exactly what happened in that mission, and how close it came to its objective has never been told until now. The man you are about to meet was the officer in command, leading a team from the U.S. Army's mysterious Delta Force - a unit so secret, it's often said Delta doesn't exist. But you are about to see...
  • Elite Officer Recalls Hunt For Bin Laden-(60 min delta )video

    10/05/2008 9:00:00 PM PDT · by Flavius · 19 replies · 2,003+ views
    cbs ^ | 10/8/08 | cbs
    (CBS) Shortly after 9/11, the Pentagon ordered a top secret team of American commandos into Afghanistan with a single, simple order: kill Osama bin Laden. It was America's best chance to eliminate the leader of al Qaeda. The inside story of exactly what happened in that mission, and how close it came to its objective has never been told until now.
  • Delta Force Officer Clears The Air On Tora Bora

    10/05/2008 6:14:29 PM PDT · by TheNewPundit · 18 replies · 2,253+ views
    I'm A Pundit Too ^ | 10/05/2008 | Doug Ragan
    Despite the lies told by the press and by John Kerry, special forces did in fact try to kill Bin Laden at Tora Bora. The biggest challenge in the operation was in fact the terrain. Afghan fighters who were to actually lead the charge ended up turning on the US forces during a cease fire they had with al Qaeda. Then there is the big issue as told by the officer,
  • Prayer Request for So Korean Christian Hostages

    08/10/2007 8:43:06 PM PDT · by tajgirvan · 287 replies · 2,654+ views
    8-10-07 | tajgirvan
    We are asking prayer for safety,well-being and release of the Korean hostages from Taliban terrorists. 2-3 of the hostages have been murdered! Negotiations for release are political, so the process is slow and painful. Please pray for families involved waiting for their loved ones. Thank You for your prayerful support. Hebrews 13:3..Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, and those who are mistreated, since you yourselves are in the body also.
  • Delta Force Rescue Mission - Saving Polish and Italian Hostages in Iraq (COOOOOOOL VIDEO!)

    01/13/2007 10:46:37 AM PST · by lizol · 15 replies · 2,040+ views
  • Men on a Mission: U.S. Special Forces are retooling for the war on terror.

    09/05/2006 3:32:46 PM PDT · by RDTF · 5 replies · 838+ views
    US News & World Report - ^ | September 3, 2006 | Linda Robinson
    When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld turned to special operations forces to take the lead in the hunt for Osama bin Laden five years ago, he no doubt had in mind the kind of kill-or-capture operation mounted to go after Pancho Villa, or, more recently, the Balkans' war criminals. The problem was that those manhunts came up empty. Finding a single individual intent on hiding, it turns out, is a very tall order, even for a superpower. In a rare interview, Lt. Gen. Dell Dailey, who has helped lead the hunt for al Qaeda's founder, explained why. "Our manhunting skills are...
  • NBC Brian Williams Compares Specials Forces To SUICIDE BOMBERS On Hardball w/Matthews 8/1/9/06

    08/10/2006 9:54:38 PM PDT · by senna · 44 replies · 2,180+ views
    I heard Brian Williams compare suicide bombers to US special forces. I was listening to Hugh Hewitt's Radio Show. He is on vaction, his host was someone nameed Jed or Jess I heard this man on other shows like Rush, Hannity etc. He said I am going to break when I come back I will tell you something that is unbelieveible and until I heard it I could not believe it. After the break he mad e a few comments on the Theorists already saying the Bob Threat was Bush engineered. Then said just hours Chris Matthews was talking to...
  • The Desert One Debacle

    04/20/2006 4:08:59 PM PDT · by shoptalk · 72 replies · 1,933+ views
    The Atlantic Monthly ^ | May 2006 | Mark Bowden
    WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 11, 1980, NOON The meeting began with Jimmy Carter's announcement: Gentlemen, I want you to know that I am seriously considering an attempt to rescue the hostages. Hamilton Jordan, the White House chief of staff, knew immediately that the president had made a decision. Planning and practice for a rescue mission had been going on in secret for five months, but it had always been regarded as the last resort, and ever since the November 4 embassy takeover, the White House had made every effort to avoid it. As the president launched into a list of detailed...
  • 'Unit's' military expert has fighting words for Bush

    03/30/2006 1:46:47 PM PST · by Anthem · 93 replies · 2,861+ views
    Los Angles Daily News ^ | 03/26/06 | David Kronke
    Eric Haney, a retired command sergeant major of the U.S. Army, was a founding member of Delta Force, the military's elite covert counter-terrorist unit. He culled his experiences for "Inside Delta Force" (Delta; $14), a memoir rich with harrowing stories, though in an interview, Haney declines with a shrug to estimate the number of times he was almost killed. (Perhaps the most high-profile incident that almost claimed his life was the 1980 failed rescue of the hostages in Iran.) Today, he's doing nothing nearly as dangerous: He serves as an executive producer and technical adviser for "The Unit," CBS' new...
  • The Unit (Vanity)

    03/08/2006 10:24:48 AM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies · 659+ views
    Last night on CBS, new show about a Delta Force counter-terrorism unit. Depicts both the comradeship of special forces guys and their family relationships. Good actors who fit right in.
  • Freeping Gamers! (Jan-06)

    01/13/2006 4:48:31 PM PST · by Safrguns · 88 replies · 1,578+ views
    This monthly thread isdedicated to Freepers whoalso enjoy online gaming.Post here to find fellowgamers,arrange online games, or share screen shots,reviews,helps and tips. Separate Ping lists are created and maintainedfor each game.Official game site links are available for most games listed. We currently have92 gamers playing over95 different games. Top Games: Battlefield/Battlefield 2 (19 gamers) World Of Warcraft (16 gamers) Unreal Tournament (9 gamers) City Of Heroes (10 gamers)
  • Freeping Gamers! (Thread 21)

    12/23/2005 5:56:08 PM PST · by Safrguns · 73 replies · 1,079+ views
    If you are a Freeper, and also like online gaming, post here to find fellow gamers, share screen shots, reviews, helps, and tips. Gamer tables are updated and published weekly. We currently have86 gamers playing over60 different games. Top Games: Battlefield/Battlefield 2 (19 gamers) World Of Warcraft (15 gamers) Unreal Tournament (9 gamers) City Of Heroes (10 gamers)
  • Delta Force Dropped into New Orleans!

    09/01/2005 10:13:27 AM PDT · by turbocat · 183 replies · 7,749+ views
    personal call | 9/1/05 | trubocat
    2 teams of Delta Force operators have been dropped into New Orleans. Hopefully this will make the MSM news. Sounds like the heavy guns have come to help.
  • America Remembers Desert One Heroes

    04/26/2005 5:03:24 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 20 replies · 1,433+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 25, 2005 America today honored eight American servicemen who died trying to rescue American hostages in Iran 25 years ago. A ceremony here, on the 25th anniversary of their deaths, brought together the families of those killed, their comrades and those servicemembers who carry on the special operations mission. In November 1'7' Iranian militants took 53 Americans in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran hostage. It was the most egregious violation of the principles of diplomacy in the history of statecraft, L. Bruce Laingen, the highest-ranking American taken hostage, said at today's ceremony. On April 25, 1'80, the...
  • Lest we forget: April 25, 1980 Operation EAGLE CLAW - Rescue Mission for the US hostages in Iran

    04/25/2005 5:01:17 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 38 replies · 2,237+ views
    one man's opinion
    Sadly, watching the end of Hardball tonight, I just realized that today is the 25th anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw, the heroic, but doomed mission to rescue the American hostages held for over a year in the US embassy in Tehran.
  • U.S. special operations born out of Iran tragedy

    04/15/2005 4:22:10 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 37 replies · 4,209+ views ^ | April 15th , 2005
    WASHINGTON - It was a quarter-century ago this month, April 24, 1980, that the secret American raid into Iran to rescue 53 hostages from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran collapsed in disaster on a make-shift airstrip in the middle of the Iranian desert. The embarrassingly public failure of the raid, code-named Operation Eagle Claw, was a low-water mark for the Carter administration and for our military as well, still struggling to get back on its feet in the wake of the debacle in Vietnam just five years before. Eight American servicemen died when the raid came apart with the fiery...
  • New Chief of Staff of the Army Comments (Notes)

    09/25/2003 5:03:57 PM PDT · by XEHRpa · 24 replies · 412+ views
    A colleague had a chance to hear the new Chief of Staff of the Army (GEN Schoomaker, Shinseki's replacement) speak (I'm not sure of the forum). He summarized the talk into a memo, which was distributed to the chain. Sorry about some of the jargon. I don't know it all myself. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the review, other than to say the source is credible. So inaccuracies, if any, are mistranscriptions, and not fabrications. Here is what it said: Subject: New CSA's Comments Some of the highlights of what the CSA said: 1. He had no idea...
  • Revealed: how bungled US raid came close to disaster (Delta Force raid)

    11/06/2001 6:20:42 AM PST · by ARCADIA · 78 replies · 413+ views
    The Guardian (UK) | Tuesday November 6, 2001 | Luke Harding in Quetta, Julian Borger in Washington
    Delta Force caught in ferocious Taliban ambush Debacle prompted review of war tactics The Pentagon's only publicly announced commando raid on Taliban positions, hailed as a success and beamed around the world in grainy video pictures only hours after it took place, actually went badly wrong, seriously injuring American soldiers, sources in Pakistan said yesterday. The debacle, which saw US Delta Force soldiers come under intense fire from the Taliban, prompted a review of special forces operations in Afghanistan and seems to have led to a delay in similar behind-the-lines operations. The ferocity of the Taliban resistance caught US ...
  • ESCAPE AND EVASION (good ariticle on Delta Forces)

    11/05/2001 6:48:15 AM PST · by ARCADIA · 39 replies · 1,269+ views
    The New Yorker ^ | Issue of 2001-11-12 | SEYMOUR M. HERSH
    What happened when the Special Forces landed in Afghanistan? Early on the morning of Saturday, October 20th, more than a hundred Army Rangers parachuted into a Taliban-held airbase sixty miles southwest of Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan. A military cameraman videotaped the action with the aid of a night-vision lens, and his grainy, green-tinted footage of determined commandos and billowing parachutes dominated the television news that night. The same morning, a second Special Operations unit, made up largely of Rangers and a reinforced Delta Force squadron, struck at a complex outside Kandahar which included a house used by Mullah Omar, the ...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits Task Force Ranger: Mogadishu, Somalia - (10/3/1993) - Oct. 1st, 2004

    09/30/2004 11:23:25 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 89 replies · 12,563+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Elite veterans prowl Pakistan

    08/08/2004 11:38:47 PM PDT · by walford · 9 replies · 603+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Aug. 9 2004 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Washington Times Elite veterans prowl PakistanBy Rowan ScarboroughTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished August 9, 2004 The United States, on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is augmenting counterterror operations in Pakistan with scores of former special-operations warriors who work for the CIA and other agencies under contract. Thousands of U.S. troops are openly fighting in Afghanistan along the Pakistan border. The stated U.S. policy, however, is that no American troops are inside Pakistan pursuing bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorists or advising local troops. The reality is there are "a load of contracts" with U.S. agencies attracting veterans of Special...
  • US Commandos Save Italian Hostages

    06/09/2004 2:55:09 AM PDT · by datura · 32 replies · 352+ views
    NY Post ^ | 9 June 04 | Niles Lathem
    An elite U.S. Special Forces team rescued three Italians and one Polish hostage from pro-Saddam kidnappers yesterday in a daring commando raid south of Baghdad. In a dramatic development seen as a huge boost to coalition forces, military officials said a special hostage-rescue team from the legendary Delta Force carried out the carefully choreographed mission without firing a shot. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said suspects "involved in the kidnapping" also were arrested at the undisclosed hideout. The three Italian hostages, Umberto Cupertino, Maurizio Agliana and Salvatore Stefio, were security guards employed by an American firm...
  • New front in Iraq detainee abuse scandal?

    05/20/2004 4:54:06 PM PDT · by TexKat · 33 replies · 190+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/20/04 | Campbell Brown
    BAGHDAD - With attention focused on the seven soldiers charged with abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison, U.S. military and intelligence officials familiar with the situation tell NBC News the Armys elite Delta Force is now the subject of a Pentagon inspector general investigation into abuse against detainees. The target is a top-secret site near Baghdads airport. The battlefield interrogation facility known as the BIF is pictured in satellite photos. According to two top U.S. government sources, it is the scene of the most egregious violations of the Geneva Conventions in all of Iraqs prisons. A place where the normal...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits Operation Eagle Claw (4/24/1980) - Apr. 24th, 2004

    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...