Special forces troops surrounded in Marjah

| January 6, 2016 | 47 Comments

Fox News reports that several special forces operators are surrounded by Taliban in a compound located in Marjah. One soldier has been killed and two more wounded in a crashed helicopter;

“On the map there is one green dot representing friendly forces stuck in the compound, and around it is a sea of red [representing hostile forces],” the official told Fox News.

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Earlier in the day, two USAF HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters were sent to rescue the U.S. special operations team. One of the helicopters took fire and waved off the mission and flew back to base.

The other helicopter’s blades struck the wall of the compound while attempting a rescue of the special operations team, according to defense officials who compared the scene to one similar to the helicopter crash inside Usama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on the mission to kill the Al Qaeda leader in May 2011.

The joint U.S. and Afghan special operations team was sent to Marjah to clear the area of Taliban fighters, who have retaken most of the town since November.

There were nine airstrikes on Tuesday in support of a clearing operation.

I’m sure that our guys are sending loads of Taliban to their virgins’ waiting arms.

Category: Terror War

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  1. OAE CPO USN Ret says:

    “We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded.
    That simplifies our problem of getting to these people and killing them.”

    -Chesty Puller

  2. Gravel says:

    Third paragraph:

    “While a group of U.S. special operations forces is NO LONGER TRAPPED inside the battlefield, U.S. forces remained at the site and the surrounding area Wednesday.” [emphasis mine]

    I think they’ve gotten things back under control … if you can ever really call anything in that region under control.

  3. Hondo says:

    Incidents like this make me wish we still had napalm in the inventory. If I recall correctly, napalm worked quite well to deny temporarily a substantial area on the ground to enemy forces. Might come in handy here.

  4. AW1Ed says:

    Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. – “They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards.”

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    If there were women in there shooting back, the Taliban might be less happy about being shot at and would leave.

    Remember what I said about the peshmerga using trained women shooters against ISIS/Daesh? Beeline straight to hell if they get killed by women, applies to the Taliban, too.

    It’s just the thought that it might scare the begeezus out of these jerks that makes me smile.

    Anyway, let’s hope the good guys are getting the upper hand and can bring this to a favorable conclusion ASAP.

    • Poetrooper says:

      PH2, which raises the question, do they only go halfway to hell if they get tapped by a trannie?

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Now, THAT is a question, Poetrooper. I’d say double time express delivery. Aren’t trannies even worse than wimminz, in their culture?

    • 19D2OR4 - Smitty says:

      That would put them co-located to Fiddlers Green. I suppose that could provide some drunken entertainment to all the dead troopers camped at the good ol’ time canteen.

    • LC says:

      Much as I’d love that to be the case, there’s no credible information that they actually think that – and, from my admittedly limited knowledge, nothing in the Quran to support the notion either.

      Here’s one article talking about this:
      http://www.vox.com/cards/isis-myths-iraq/isis-female-soldiers

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Really? That comes directly from a report about the peshmerga employing and training women-only units to fight ISIS/Daesh.

        I am not in the habit of posting comments with a foofy basis, you see. I’ve posted this reference before, from an article by a reporter who was embedded with those pesmerga PKK women.

        • LC says:

          My impression is that the Peshmerga’s women-only units are quite happy to propagate the myth because it does well for morale and their publicity. And a reporter is quite happy to buy into it, much like reporters often buy into ‘stories’ that lack factual evidence here.

          But to the best of my knowledge, it isn’t actually true and doesn’t have a basis in the Quran. I’d love to be wrong since I love the idea behind this myth too,… but I don’t think it’s accurate.

          I think when you track back through all the stories about it, you come up with one origin story – the one by the reporter embedded. Various other news agencies (and Congressman Ed Royce, R-CA) all made their comments after that.

          Again, it’s possible I’m wrong, and I’d love to be wrong,.. but it sounds a bit too contrived, sadly.

          Just my take.

  6. sj says:

    Will Barry come on TV and share a tear?

  7. Skippy says:

    My prayers and my family’s are with them what a fucking mess. Can 2016 hurry up and end ????

  8. Doc Savage says:

    “They have us surrounded…..cue the AC 130’s”

  9. Ex-PH2 says:

    Maybe we can get an update with the evening news. I didn’t see anything on the mid-day news about what’s going on over there.

  10. Pinto Nag says:

    Our SF operators aren’t supposed to be used as regular infantry. It’s like trying to plow a field with a Ferrari. But of course, the doofi who put them over there either don’t know that, or don’t care.

  11. Reb says:

    Oh, where the hell are the other helicopters and back up. I should of joined the Military, so I’m not military STUPID…

  12. LC says:

    As an update, the Army has released the name of the SSG who was killed in action:
    http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2016/01/06/dod-identifies-special-forces-soldier-killed-afghanistan/78385474/

    My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

  13. Tony180a says:

    Rest in Peace SSG McClintock

    De Oppresso Liber

  14. smoke-check says:

    Who is this official with his dots analogy. It may be nitpicking, but green represents friendly indigenous forces, not US forces. The color this person is looking for is Blue. You know al la “green on blue” attacks.

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