reply to post by stirling
JUST FYI TO EVERYONE HERE WHO THINKS THE JOINT ALGERIAN/FRENCH OIL FIELD RESCUE WAS CONDUCTED -WITHOUT- ANY ASSISTANCE:
Just in case so many experts here, who apparently consider themselves in-the-know (unlike maybe some of us who know many in the SOF community), it is
a FACT (not a biased opinion, but grapevine gossip that has just fallen a hair short of being fully admitted by unit members) that Delta rescued those
hostages....and if was not a JTF (Joint Task Force) i.e a few Algerian SOF alongside a handful of Delta/CAG operators (and most likely, some of the
boys from Dam Neck aka DEVGRU were on board), then it was either a group of USASOC's finest shooters from Bragg/Pope AFB in Algerian uniforms (this
happens ALL THE TIME, then they give credit to host nation's counterparts) or it was a couple triggerpullers from Delta hidden inside each stack of
Algerian SOF, then when they breached, our guys made entry first and took care of the threats outside and internally.
When you read about how the S. Sudan situation is being put under control (or in Mali for instance), it is Delta and DEV who are doing it....
Not the f**king Ugandans they claim are helping out and lending troops. Those guys are just probably "bullet stoppers" as some of the older Nam vets
I used to know would call the unimportant "cannon fodder" guys who were not trained to the tip of the spear.
Basically, bottom line, let me inform you so next time you read, you don't congratulate the wrong guys...
There won't be a lot of Delta operations where they get credit. Black Hawk Down only mentioned them because some idiot out there (and apparently on
this board too!!) thinks we failed, when all we lost was two birds, while we DID wipe out about a 1/10th of the entire marketplace and surrounding
militia (maybe not 10,000 or whatever the joking numbers are, but for every Ranger or unit operator that went down, you can bet that their brethren
put down about two dozen in return....that is a FACT).
NOW SEALS ARE A DIFF STORY...they don't mind a little attention (i.e Act of Valor, Lone Survivor, etc). But no disrespect here, as I know many former
and active squids who deserve that very limelight (I lived in San Diego and by Coronado for years, and since I work in privatized security
contracting, you meet alot of these folks).
BUT DELTA WILL ALWAYS CREDIT THE OTHER NATION/HOST NATION'S FORCES....ONLY RARELY (LIKE LIBYA) WILL YOU SEE THEIR NAME IN PRINT AND ANY CREDIT BEING
GIVEN...WHICH USUALLY IS ALSO REDACTED AND ISN'T MUCH.
Just thought I'd let you in on that small secret some of you have forgotten about how our Tier 1 Special Mission Unit TTPs work...They aren't
looking to be recognized...as in EVER.
Delta killed those in Mali, and in Algeria. PERIOD. Give these fine doorkickers credit, as they DO deserve it, whether they want it or not (as I tell
the guys I know who do this for a living....I say this very same thing as I very much DO think they deserve at least a mention when they change
history...which is a weekly occurrence).