March 4, 2002.
Takur Ghar, Afghanistan.
As the sun shyly emerged, a SEAL Team 6 reconnaissance element was about to get in the fight of its life. Designated as MAKO 30 and led by Senior Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski, the reconnaissance team was part of a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) task force that was supporting Operation Anaconda.
Operation Anaconda was an attempt to destroy a large combined Taliban and al-Qaeda force that was situated in and around the Shahi Khot valley. Surrounded by steep mountains, the valley is located in Paktia province, in eastern Afghanistan.