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Originally posted by dooper
I would hate to create some denial program, but CIA branch operatives has used Army, and I would assume Navy personnel for decades to effect some rather peculiar solutions to some sticky problems.
Most recently that is the most painfully obvious, the Taliban government in Afghanistan was taken down by the Northern Alliance, enabled by fewer than 200-300 SF personnel, Company branch operatives, and AF TACP personnel, directing heavy and accurate air strikes.
The only reason this was acknowledged was because they took down an entire government, and no Army units were in Afghanistan.
If someone told me we had a few hundred personnel on the ground in Iran, it somehow wouldn't surprise me.
(And it certainly wouldn't surprise me if the Israeli's were there as well.)
I can't count the number of times we were told, "we aren't here." And the guys in clean military uniforms? They certainly weren't regular Army.