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Posted: 9/28/2001 9:07:41 AM EDT
As reported in today's issue of The Federalist: "President Bush is appropriately deliberate in determining our method of attack and choice of targets -- avoiding noncombatants while inflicting maximum pain and suffering on combatants and their rear echelon of support. While we still expect a show of force from the air -- reducing to fine powder any hole where bin Laden's al Qaeda cadre have ever stopped for shade -- the President has chosen to implement our most effective means of redress based on the cold and calculated Israeli model -- insertion of small special forces units to quietly bleed out anyone aligned with bin Laden. Regarding those operations, we cautiously add this note: According to our military sources in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and Peshawar, Pakistan, bin Laden's operatives suffered the consequences of several firefights with U.S. Special Forces six days ago -- we were asked, for obvious reasons, to provide no details about the locations. Our sources indicate that the rules of engagement were "unrestricted in contact with verifiable combatants." One of those night assaults produced a "significant number of enemy dead." There were no American casualties reported.
Link Posted: 9/28/2001 9:23:57 AM EDT
Interesting if true.
Link Posted: 9/28/2001 9:58:35 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/28/2001 10:03:28 AM EDT
CNN.com - U.S. official: Special forces in Afghan operations - September 28, 2001 http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/europe/09/28/ret.sas.profile/index.html U.S. official: Special forces in Afghan operations September 28, 2001 Posted: 1:24 PM EDT (1724 GMT) WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. and British special forces have conducted operations in Afghanistan and the Central Asian region, a senior U.S. official told CNN on Friday. EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN is sensitive about reporting information that could jeopardize lives or ongoing military operations. It is CNN's policy not to report the specifics of imminent or real-time military actions when told by appropriate authorities that this could jeopardize lives or ongoing operations. CNN Senior White House Correspondent John King reported that a senior U.S. official said the operations took place "in the region" and "in country," meaning Afghanistan. The Pentagon refused to comment. Top officials in Pakistan said they had not been informed of any U.S. operations. Reports of special operations were first reported in the Pakistani press and in Friday's editions of USA Today. The senior official confirmed those reports to CNN. The official did not confirm reports that the forces were hunting suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden, cautioning that the United States has little information on bin Laden's whereabouts. Special operations forces are trained in a variety of combat specialties. "We have an intelligence deficit here," the official said. The official characterized the operations as part of routine special forces deployment that typically accompany U.S. troop deployments. Such operations would perform logistics tasks such as scouting locations. President Bush told reporters at the White House that conventional military force "may or may not" participate in the campaign against Afghanistan if the Taliban refuse to hand over bin Laden. "It is very hard to fight a guerrilla war with conventional forces, and we understand that," Bush said, recognizing the Soviet defeat in a 10-year war in Afghanistan. "That is why we have explained to the American people that the new war on terrorism is going to be a different war." Bush repeated that U.S. officials would rely more on financial and intelligence efforts to track suspected terrorists and cut off their resources. 'Standard military stuff' Military experts told CNN they would be surprised if such operations were not happening. "They're doing exactly what special forces always do," said retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Donald Shepperd, a CNN military analyst. "They're there behind the scenes establishing the locations of people and things that will be used later. ... This is standard military stuff."
Link Posted: 9/28/2001 10:06:33 AM EDT
British special operations forces include the Special Air Service. Shepperd said the British have more experience at special operations, but the U.S. military has been bolstering its forces. "In the last 10 years, they have really been hard at work getting ready for this type of thing," Shepperd said. U.S. special operations units include Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Army Special Forces known as Green Berets, Air Force Special Operations and the ultra-secret Delta Force, of which the Pentagon does not even acknowledge its existence. "They're there quietly, unseen, behind the scenes, establishing locations of people and things that will be used in military campaigns later," Shepperd said. "They don't get a lot of credit for this. We don't talk a lot about it, but they're always part of any military operation." Specialized units Special operations forces share many of the same combat skills; each unit also maintains its own specialty, which may be useful in this new war on terrorism. For example, if the United States works with opposition groups such as the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, the Green Berets could play a role. Green Berets are required to have the ability to speak and read at least one foreign language. They are trained in a variety of specialties, including foreign internal defense, unconventional warfare, security assistance, peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. The Army Rangers work in larger groups, pack more firepower and are considered the experts in seizing airfields. They are trained in infiltrating and exiting by land, sea and air; conducting raids; and recovering personnel and special equipment. Air Force Special Operations specialize in inserting, resupplying and retrieving soldiers inside enemy territory, using standard military aircraft modified to fly longer, lower and quieter. "In a special operations mission, a routine mission, if you're detected on the way to the target, you may as well turn around and go home," said retired Gen. William Patterson, a former commander of Air Force Special Operations. "You failed." Navy SEALs -- an acronym for Sea, Air and Land -- are trained in special reconnaissance, combat search and rescue and unconventional warfare. As tensions rise in this unconventional war, U.S. officials are likely to monitor the status of eight Western humanitarian workers -- including two U.S. citizens -- arrested by the Taliban last month and charged with trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. The ultra-secret Delta Force might be employed to help this situation as its specialty is hostage rescue. "Units like Delta Force are pretty much focused on hostage rescue," said retired Army Gen. David Grange, a former Ranger commander. (c) 2001 Cable News Network LP, LLLP. An AOL Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Link Posted: 9/28/2001 10:26:22 AM EDT
I hope like hell this story is true. Makes me wish I was 20 again.
Link Posted: 9/28/2001 10:31:43 AM EDT
Shepperd said the British have more experience at special operations, ...
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Yea, okay. Whatever. These bozos forget that the most successful operations are the ones that aren't public. -SARguy
Link Posted: 9/28/2001 1:53:32 PM EDT
Anyone else heard news on this? I wonder why it would be released, then kept quiet. Well, I guess Osama was not among the dead or it would be big news. Or would it? Maybe "delay" reporting his demise until we had slammed terrorist governments and supporters everywhere, then say he was dead. Sounds like a plan to me...
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