Delta Force in Iraq

I recently found this picture floating through the ether of the internet where some dude on a web forum was insisting that the shooters in the picture were simply Delta Force re-enactors playing dress up.  I’m going to have to disagree with this assessment and here is why.

Based on the equipment seen here, I’m guessing that this photo was taken around 2005.  During this time frame I was in Ranger Battalion executing strike operations with my platoon, so I’m not completely ignorant of the type of missions that Delta was conducting at this time.

First off, check out the background.  If this isn’t Iraq it must be Camden, New Jersey, because I can’t think of anywhere else that resembles this.

Back then no one had PVS-15s (dual-tube night vision goggles) except for Tier One and the odd couple floating around here and there.  I believe we had a couple of them in my platoon but that was it.  The HK 416 alone narrows this operator down to one of two units who fielded this gun at that time.  Delta or MARSOC.  The presence of the PEQ-2 laser looks old school to us now but gives another hint as to the time frame that this picture was taken.  Nobody had the LA-5 SOPMOD II infrared laser.