With the FBI analysts’ confirmation that the note did indeed come from Marcus Luttrell, things began to speed up. The area of the team’s E&E had been solidified, and the search could be narrowed down to the Shuryek Valley and the eastern side of Sawtalo Sar. While the steepness of the terrain still provided plenty of challenges to the Rangers and Special Forces conducting the search, it was now workable. Furthermore, they now had a location and a contact for Marcus, and confirmation that he, at least, was still alive.
As soon as the note was verified at around 0200, Special Forces and Ranger personnel were immediately directed by the JOC to move to Objective Barracuda, which was the code-name for the village of Sabray, where Marcus was being harbored by the local villagers, led by Gulab, the son of the village elder.
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