I have high respect for Delta Force, the specialist US Army counterterrorism unit to be found inside the Green Berets (rated in general as a very low standards outfit). Yet Delta Force started off badly and because of that would always be on the back foot. They became infamous for the dreadful failures during Operation Eagle Claw against Iran, 1980, where they tried to rescue the US Embassy hostages. It was not their fault that the raid failed. The problems came because of low standards helicopter pilots and Pentagon mission creep. The planning itself was thorough and innovative beyond anything expected today where mediocrity rules. During Eagle Claw, they even had the idea of landing and taking off with a Lockheed C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft right inside a soccer stadium to where the rescued hostages would have been taken – yes, inside the stadium. You can read of that idea in several books, especially Code Name Wrangler, where Eagle Claw and other rescue attempts are discussed in detail. As I always say, without history you are lost. You simply must know what happened in the past to predict the future and to learn what worked and what did not. You can learn from history.
I also say in many books that it is much easier for a counterterrorist team to get a target when he is isolated on a farm or rural area. Once found, he is dead as you can surround the place at leisure, pound it with artillery or airstrikes, and basically operate in peace without interference. Of course, you must have adequate forces covering the approaches and escape routes as was done recently when the ISIS leader al-Baghdadi was killed or killed himself. Apparently, the fellow lived in the place for months (regrettably, I use words like these, “apparently,” “was killed” “or killed himself” because the Pentagon cannot be considered as reliable witnesses). He had to be living there for some time, how else would he have had a tunnel to crawl into when cornered? Logic tells me that a tunnel takes some time to build and probably was an air shelter more than anything else. Therefore, Counterterrorism 101, whilst a secluded area might look like a good hiding place for a terrorist, it is not and actually against Chairman Mao’s principle of being among the population that will protect you. That is to swim like a fish among other fish. When hiding in a highly populated area among friends or at least those who are sympathetic your chances as a terrorist is much better and getting you that much harder for Special Forces. The ultimate way is to be protected by professional military men (and women) and to stay inside your own country. It can still be done, the terrorist can be killed, always, but it might start a conventional war. Let us use a reverse scenario to understand – a foreign Special Forces attack on Donald J Trump right inside the White House. It will be easy to conduct successfully but harder to escape (see Code Name Wrangler where I warn against this type of thing and also why I say that killing a president is a useless exercise, he will be replaced in seconds). And if you think that never happened before, the idea to use Special Forces to murder a head of state, well, Winston S Churchill tried to do so. We think of Operation Foxley, a 1944 British plan to assassinate Adolf Hitler using a sniper infiltrated to Nazi Germany (discussed in the sniper book, Code Name Butterfly).
I am not interested in what the mainstream liars have to say about Mr Trump’s glorification of the death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi during his announcement of the event. I have no doubt that it will cause further attacks on US citizens and was extremely bad for the War on Terror, plain stupid, really. Nor am I interested in that the Washington Post described the notorious jihadist leader as “an austere religious scholar at the helm of Islamic State…” Those folks are beyond help. It reminds me of one Barack Obama unable to call a terrorist claiming to act in the name of Allah, the Merciful, when committing his foul deeds, a “Muslim Terrorist.” Of course, it is also known that Obama protected Al Qaeda by declaring them, called Al Nusra then, to be allies of the US in Syria in the overthrow of Syria. And so Al Nusra was never bombed or attacked by the US-led Coalition. Yes, the Russian Air Force and Spetsnaz supporting the Syrian Army (the official one) as well as Iranian “advisors” did the job but whatever – Obama’s failures are well documented in my books. No, a reader asked me about the other casualties inflicted by Delta Force during the al-Baghdadi raid. Four women, probably his wives, died when they acted in a “threatening manner.” According to information released, officially, the women were wearing suicide vests. Besides them, five other ISIS members died as well as two children (the last when al-Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest). As expected, these deaths are dismissed by the Pentagon, White House, armchair ninjas and others as “casualties of war.” It seems to me that civilian casualties are not important to Washington and never will be. The arrogance is so high that they just don’t get how bad it is to kill innocents. The drone strikes, for instance, miss their intended targets 96.5% of the time. Whenever a US Special Forces raid takes place mass civilian casualties are a given. Their history is one of “overwhelming force” which simply means shoot whatever moves no matter what – your war crimes will be covered by the Pentagon, White House, and the admiring public. In Code Name Ghost, I discussed the failed 2017 Yemen raid as an example of the above. That was US Navy SEAL Team Six (somewhat higher rated than the very low standards normal SEAL units) attack in Yemen in late January of 2017. Independent (reliable & verified) reports from civilian medics on the battle scene said that 30 people died during the attack, including 10 women and children. One US Navy SEAL was killed (his widow would be abused in Congress later that year by the Demorats – read the book if you forgot what they did). The death and wounded servicemen are highly regrettable and sad but what about the innocents killed in the crossfire? I said in Code Name Ghost: “I assure you, that SEAL Team leader would have been arrested here for murder on his return. His commanding officer removed immediately and a total restructuring of operational procedure implemented. The number of civilian casualties, the hundreds of bullet holes indicating wild panicked shooting to me, and people like me. That raid was a failure no matter what else you achieved which seems to me was preciously little. By killing civilians, innocents, some were kids of less than 10 years of age, at that large a number in one raid, means that you just created many more martyrs for the cause against you. This is silly. It is displayed military incompetence and arrogance gone mad and probably based upon bad intelligence as I heard that the mission was betrayed before it even started. Dreadfully bad execution of whatever plan you had if any, and an utter disregard for counter-terrorism techniques designed to limit civilian loss so that you claim the moral upper hand which is of extreme importance in counterterrorism. No, Sir, we are not impressed with what happened in Yemen in late January 2017. It is pathetic and you should step back and take a hard look at your procedures before you lose even more face. I assure you, in the years to come, Americans are going to die because of the new wave of terrorists created, a home goal.”
But what about the al-Baghdadi raid? What about the four dead women? In fact, I have no problem with that IF true that they acted as claimed. In counterterrorism (terrorism too, have no doubt) you see targets and eliminate the threat, end of story. Gender plays no role in this and yet it does. I noted that during training that where a target displayed an attractive white West German female terrorist almost 87% of the men did not shoot her quickly enough and “died” as a result. Also, a very nasty trick is to dress the target in one of your own combat jackets, it is virtually impossible to get your men to shoot at that target and so the terrorists use the above to their advantage. You also have limited vision during counterterrorism raids and the decision to shoot or not is made within milliseconds. If I see a female wearing a suicide vest running towards me I will kill her as quickly as possible and so it is. We should also remember that eleven other children inside that compound were not killed and removed from the compound before it was flattened by missile strikes. With this is mind, I am fairly impressed with the al-Baghdadi raid operationally. The ghouls of Eagle Claw are finally done away with. I am glad for that and hope that Delta Force will be used on more high-profile raids – they deserve the honour.