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group will be made up of Delta Force, Seal Team 6, as well as Britain’s SAS, according to the Daily Mirror.
reports the Sunday People.
Elite US military forces secretly invaded Syria recently in a risky and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to free James Foley ahead of his slaying by Islamic State (Isis).
Confirmation of the failed night-time raid, which took place earlier this summer, came after a day of sharp questioning over whether the Obama administration had done enough to save Foley’s life. It represented the first confirmation of US military operations within insurgency-wracked Syria, where Isis gestated into the jihadist organization that has redrawn the borders of the Middle East.
The raid utilized dozens of special operations forces from all US military services, including the 160th special operations aviation regiment. Those inserted onto the scene flew into Syria in defiance of air defence batteries that senior US military officials have described as highly threatening to US pilots. Modified Black Hawk helicopters were involved, and covering forces on the ground were “armed fixed wing aircraft and drones,” said an administration official.
Yet the operation, which took place in an area of Syria that Obama administration officials declined to disclose, failed when “the hostages were not present at the targeted location,” said rear admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary.
The official said that the special operations forces got into a “firefight” with Isis forces, killing “several” of them. It took an unspecified amount of time for them to determine that the hostages were not on the scene, prompting a rapid departure.
Release No: NR-436-14
August 20, 2014
Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary RADM John Kirby on Attempted Rescue Operation
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. Kirby provided the following statement:
The United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL. Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location.
As we have said repeatedly, the United States government is committed to the safety and well-being of its citizens, particularly those suffering in captivity. In this case, we put the best of the United States military in harms' way to try and bring our citizens home.
The United States government uses the full breadth of our military, intelligence and diplomatic capabilities to bring people home whenever we can. The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will work tirelessly to secure the safety of our citizens and to hold their captors accountable.
The Americans are part of a 130-member team sent to northern Iraq on Tuesday, officials said. Nearly 200 U.S. military personnel are now in Erbil, along with three or four tilt-wing rotary aircraft known as Ospreys and some American helicopters. In total, the U.S. has nearly 1,000 military personnel in Iraq, including the 130 Marines and special-operations forces that arrived in Erbil on Tuesday.
originally posted by: HardCorps
Elite British and US special forces troops are forming a hunter killer unit called Task Force Black – its orders: “Smash the Islamic State.”
The undercover warriors will aim to “cut the head off the snake” by hitting the command structure of the Islamist terror group responsible for a trail of atrocities across Iraq and Syria, reports the Sunday People.
PM David Cameron has told the SAS and UK spy agencies to direct all their resources at defeating IS after a video of US journalist James Foley being beheaded shocked the world.
British special forces will work with America’s Delta Force and Seal Team 6. The move sees a rebirth of top secret Task Force Black, which helped defeat al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq .
SAS and US special forces forming hunter killer unit to 'smash Islamic State'
This story on Fox Nation was taken from the British Daily Mirror in witch they say---
The new task force will comprise a squadron of the SAS, special forces aircrews from the RAF and agents from MI5 and MI6.
The operation will be led by America’s CIA spy agency.
One of the first jobs will be to identify the British Muslim shown on an IS video released last week apparently cutting Foley’s head off with a knife.
UK intelligence sources confirmed that the killer, believed to be a British-born Pakistani from London, is already at the top of a CIA “kill list”.
They go on to say this new unit will most likely be operational for years to come and will be equipped with the best intel and latest weapons system...including that new Stealth Helicopter that was used in the failed attempt to rescue captured Western prisoners held by ISIS.
The SAS, Seals and Delta Force have worked together during the Gulf War in what was then called Taskforce Black. There are also moves to revive a defunct Iraqi special forces unit called the Apostles, which was created by the first Task Force after the Iraq War, and have them become part of this new combined unit.
So much for Obama's promise of 'No Boots On The Ground'...Looks like the ground pounders are going to have to 'Clean House' once again!
Oooo F'en Raw...
Task Force 88 is an American special operations unit, of which little is publicly known. It was formed in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks with support from elements from United Kingdom Special Forces. It is described as a "hunter-killer team" with its core made up of Delta Force, 75th Ranger Regiment Rangers, members of the USAF 24th Special Tactics Squadron, and Navy DEVGRU operators. The unit was reported to be responsible for the cross border raid into Syria from Iraq in October 2008 that resulted in eight deaths including Abu Ghadiya, along with several US operations in the Horn of Africa targeting al Qaeda.
It is not clear what the reduced U.S. military role following the U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement and associated drawdown to purely advisory operations has had on the task force's operations.
Joint Service Commendation Medal
The last Commendation Medal to be created (in 1963) is the Joint Service Commendation Medal. This award is intended for service in joint military organizations and is senior in precedence to the service-specific Commendation Medals. As such, it is worn above the service Commendation Medals on a military uniform. As a joint award, multiple awards are denoted with an oak leaf cluster regardless of service.