In this exclusive interview, Green Beret veteran Scott Zastrow shares his firsthand account as one of the firsts during the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Here, he also shared insights about his book, The Deguello, a fictionalized rendition of his experiences during service. This is the second of the two-part piece about the interview conducted over ten years ago.

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the United States found itself facing an unprecedented global threat posed by terrorist organizations. To combat this threat, American Special Operations Forces were deployed to various theaters around the world. Among these deployments was Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, which saw a unique team of soldiers, known as Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 555, play a pivotal role in the early days of the conflict.

This article delves into an interview with one of the members of ODA 555 back in 2012, shedding light on their insertion into Afghanistan, their interactions with the Northern Alliance, and the unique challenges they faced during their mission.

Insertion into Afghanistan

The story of Triple Nickel’s insertion into Afghanistan begins with a flight provided by the 16oth Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR).  This mission was not without its challenges, as the initial attempt to fly in was aborted due to instrumentation issues with the aircraft. The second attempt proved successful, and the team found themselves in the heart of a country teeming with uncertainty.