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U.S. Special Forces parachuted overnight into Somalia from fixed-wing planes, then advanced on foot to a compound holding two kidnapped international aid workers and freed them, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Originally posted by caf1550
Now there was a story posted earlier about how US special forces were deployed to an area near the iranian border, this team was SEAL team 6, the same SEAL team that rescued these two aid workers.
SEAL Team 6 was dissolved in 1987. The operators of SEAL Team Six established the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as DEVGRU. While DEVGRU is administratively supported by Naval Special Warfare Command, they are operationally under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
reply to post by ManBehindTheMask
I tend to agree, which begs the question, why is the information getting out? Probably because it was meant to. It is good PR (I am not diminishing what they did in anyway) but some stories are good leaks (not just for public relations) but also, to send a serious message to those who would be doing the kidnapping... I would presume that the stories we do hear about are far less than than those we do not.
ETA: Ugh, I hate being cynical, but I just finished reading the full article and the fact that the Pres. called the American hostage's father personally to tell him his daughter was rescued and then said words to the effect of: "they can't do this to our young people" ... smacks of P.R. move. Couple that with the rescues in the Gulf and whatnot, I really would not like to think our Pres. is using the SF for political footing in an election year... but....
edit on 25-1-2012 by LadySkadi because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by markygee
Good job and may plant some fear in pirates minds who thought they were previously untouchable on the mainland. Wouldn't be surprised to see a few other countries following suit with their own SF. Would love to see the headcam footage too.
You are being lied to about pirates:
Some are clearly just gangsters. But others are trying to stop illegal dumping and trawling.
Who imagined that in 2009, the world's governments would be declaring a new War on Pirates? As you read this, the British Royal Navy – backed by the ships of more than two dozen nations, from the US to China – is sailing into Somalian waters to take on men we still picture as parrot-on-the-shoulder pantomime villains. They will soon be fighting Somalian ships and even chasing the pirates onto land, into one of the most broken countries on earth. But behind the arrr-me-hearties oddness of this tale, there is an untold scandal. The people our governments are labelling as "one of the great menaces of our times" have an extraordinary story to tell – and some justice on their side.
A United Nations' report released in 2005 says nuclear and hazardous wastes dumped on Somalia's shores had been scattered by the Asian tsunami and are infecting Somalis in coastal areas.
Yes: nuclear waste. One day mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.
At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia's seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish stocks by overexploitation – and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m-worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are being stolen every year by illegal trawlers. The local fishermen are now starving. Mohammed Hussein, a fisherman in the town of Marka 100km south of Mogadishu, told Reuters: "If nothing is done, there soon won't be much fish left in our coastal waters."
This is the context in which the "pirates" have emerged. Somalian fishermen took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least levy a "tax" on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia – and ordinary Somalis agree. The independent Somalian news site WardheerNews found 70 per cent "strongly supported the piracy as a form of national defence".
No, this doesn't make hostage-taking justifiable, and yes, some are clearly just gangsters – especially those who have held up World Food Programme supplies. But in a telephone interview, one of the pirate leaders, Sugule Ali: "We don't consider ourselves sea bandits. We consider sea bandits [to be] those who illegally fish and dump in our seas." William Scott would understand.
Did we expect starving Somalians to stand passively on their beaches, paddling in our toxic waste, and watch us snatch their fish to eat in restaurants in London and Paris and Rome? We won't act on those crimes – the only sane solution to this problem – but when some of the fishermen responded by disrupting the transit-corridor for 20 per cent of the world's oil supply, we swiftly send in the gunboats.