Monday, February 29, 2016

U.S. Army's Delta Force Has Started To Target Islamic State Targets In Iraq

CNN: Army's Delta Force begins to target ISIS in Iraq

Washington (CNN)The U.S. Army's elite Delta Force operations to target, capture or kill top ISIS operatives have begun in Iraq, after several weeks of covert preparation, an administration official with direct knowledge of the force's activities told CNN.

The official said the group has spent the last several weeks preparing, including setting up safe houses, establishing informant networks and coordinating operations with Iraqi and Peshmerga units. It's the same strategy that Special Operations forces have used in previous deployments to combat zones.

Several Pentagon and military officials declined to discuss specifics of the so-called Expeditionary Targeting Force with CNN.

But Defense Secretary Ash Carter seemed to confirm in comments made at the Pentagon on Monday that the Special Operations forces had begun missions.

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Update #1: US steps up anti Islamic State operations in Iraq -- Times of Israel
Update #2: Looks Like A Tidal Wave Of Delta Is About To Hit ISIS -- Daily Caller

WNU Editor: I am sceptical that a few hundred U.S. special forces will have a significant impact on the course of this war .... but it makes the news and it shows to the American public that something is being done.


Don Bacon said...

"..but it makes the news." -- That's about it. Normally special forces activities aren't publicized, but now it's amateur hour in a waning presidency with a community organizer as commander-in-chief and a physicist as Defense secretary, so unleash the flacks and let the publicity flow from "administration official[s] with direct knowledge of the force's activities." And then be prepared for a myriad of conflicting accounts, as on the "Bin Laden Raid."

Jay Farquharson said...

WNU Editor,

Tip for you

"Especially as the shattering scale of destruction becomes apparent – Poroshenko says that Ukraine lost two-thirds of its military equipment (just one video of dozens) – Westerners who have been misled by the propagandist character of their media outlets are ready to believe that Russia must have been supplying the rebels with weapons and ammunition. While it is likely that some stuff crossed the border, there is another source that few Westerners are aware of."

fazman said...

If the u.s delta kill isis commanders and cause fear in the ranks many goons will run or it will further hamper their movements.
Even their intell is good their imoact will be significant.

fazman said...

Good to see chuck norris is back in a job.

Jay Farquharson said...

Admitting that there are US SOF, on the ground in Iraq, trying to build informant chains and track and kill Senior ISIS members, is a violation of OP-SEC,

And given the public dressing down of the Seals for their PR leaks,

Shows that this is more "PR" to show the US is supposedly targetting ISIS.

The result of this PR exercise will be ISIS forming hunter/killer teams to try to trap and capture the SOF forces, and roll up and infiltrate the informant nets.

War News Updates Editor said...

Jay. Thank you for the Sic Semper Tyrannis link.

Anonymous said...

Jay, I like the way you start from the editor perceptiin to fine grained comments... I wonder if you are right? Interesting