December 10, 2012

ST6 Rescues Hostage Held by Taliban, One Friendly KIA

I’m posting the original Reuters summary that came off the wire since they are one of the few not calling SEAL Team Six “special forces”.  Semantics aside, reports indicate a half dozen dead Taliban.  The doctor was successfully extracted, but sadly a SEAL Team Six operator was killed in the process.  Another hard man died doing his job and doing it well. -Jack

KABUL (Reuters) – A U.S. citizen who was abducted by Taliban insurgents was rescued by U.S. forces in an operation in eastern Afghanistan early on Sunday, NATO-led forces said in a statement.

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is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • enkephalin

    @ChupaCabra Thanks for that advice; great call.  There are plenty of hell holes that need medical aid but aren't where US troops are operating.  Plus, if the US had ongoing operations somewhere I'd try to get an individual augmentee slot there anyway.

  • dmalert

    @shagstar  @Txazz Well - the guy is not a doctor for starters.  Media seems to have assumed that.  As for his being a dumbass - who knows, but don't like seeing any Americans killed - soldiers or civilians.

  • Txazz

    @Love_n_Respect I think CNN got that info if I remember correctly.

  • Love_n_Respect

    I haven’t really had time to post a lot lately, but this caught my attention.  I am sad to hear this and offer my thoughts and prayers to the family.    I am curious about something, did the Navy’s press release indicate this was a ST6 op, or did the press pick it up on their own?


    @Txazz  @JackMurphyRGR  @ChupaCabra Not only did they get out, but we greatly reduced the number of diplomats and other civilians left in the Green Zone. If we were really smart, we will have stopped building the consulate down in Basra. Note that our influence is so great that Iran continues to fly guns and special troops over Iraq and into Syria.