Then-President George W. Bush visits the Delta Force compound following the initial stages of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Alongside Special Forces Operational Detachments Alphas (SFODAs) from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) paramilitary teams, Delta Force operators spearheaded the effort to topple the Taliban regime and its Al-Qaeda supporters.
The Pic of the Day: George W. Bush visits Delta compound post 9/11
Michael T · 9 months ago
I love this shot - look at those men - they are all "Grey Men." Out on the street you could never tell them from anyone else walking down the street - the most well trained fighters in the world, and, you would never assume they were anything but some suburban dad. Now, THAT's totally badass!!!
AndyT · 9 months ago
Below are links to an interesting academic read on the immediate aftermath of 9/11. quoted is the abstract/intro - published in 2005.
On September 11, 2001, Muslim terrorists attacked the United States on its own soil by crashing hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing more than 3000 people.
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) began October 7, 2001, in response to these terrorist attacks, which were attributed to the al-Qaida terrorist network orchestrated by Osama bin Laden.1 OEF was initiated after diplomatic courses of action with the ruling Taliban regime in Afghanistan failed with the Taliban’s repeated refusal to turn over the terrorists. The operation began with intensive bombing of known terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and the simultaneous insertion of Special Operations forces (SOF) to help organize and assist the anti-Taliban forces operating within the country, with the intent of toppling the Taliban regime and crippling the al-Qaida terrorist network.
The initial phases of OEF were successful, with the successive fall of the Taliban strongholds of Mazar-eSharif and Kabul in November 2001 and Kandahar in December 2001. The Taliban capitulated governmental control, and an interim government was established under Prime Minister
Hamid Karzai in December 2001.2
Thereafter, international peacekeepers were deployed to Kabul, and a significant number of U.S. conventional armed forces were moved into Afghanistan and massed at Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, and in Kandahar, in the south, to continue the search-and-destroy mission for al-Qaida terrorists and Osama bin Laden. The largest combat operation of OEF was staged out of Bagram on March 1, 2002, and included a multinational force in conjunction with the Afghan militia forces (AMF). Operation Anaconda was aimed at destroying the largest known concentration of Taliban and al-Qaida terrorists in the Shah-e-kot mountains in eastern Afghanistan.
This account is the experience of the 274th Forward Surgical Team (FST), which was deployed in support of OEF on October 14, 2001. During the 7 months of service in the theater of operations, the FST was asked to perform many different missions, as dictated by the tactical situation and the supported commanders.
The FST was tasked with functioning as a mini-combat support hospital during the earlier phases of Operation Enduring Freedom, performing in-flight surgical procedures and resuscitation of combat wounded, conducting split operations with surgical coverage of both Karshi and Khanabad, Uzbekistan, and Bagram, Afghanistan, and leading the multinational medical coalition assembled for Operation Anaconda and other combat operations staged from Bagram
National Library Medicine Pubmed abstract:
Full text PDF link in here:
AndyT · 9 months ago
The biggest misconception about what can be called the first US-Afghan War that began essentially on Sept. 26, 2001 and ended approximately December 10 or so, 2001 - is that it was some kind of massive US led attack of the Taliban leadership and following, and specifically the Al-Queda terrorist network in Afghanistan.
It's best described as a massive Afghan insurgency. In a matter of about 8 weeks, that Taliban had been completely routed throughout Afghanistan and massive numbers of Al-Queda killed. Bin Laden of course made it out through the cave networks of Tora Bora into Pakistan. It was a war fought by Afghans themselves against the Taliban and Al-Queda.
Less than 500 Americans or so, were involved on the ground in that first Afghan War. in the last quarter of the year 2001.
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