Navy SEAL Team 6
January 25, 2012 by staff
Navy SEAL Team 6, First they took out Osama bin Laden. Now the US Navy SEALs have earned their “special forces” designation once again by conducting a daring, pinpoint rescue of two aid workers held hostage for three months in Somalia.
US officials confirmed it was a Navy SEAL team that carried out the pre-dawn raid, but the Pentagon, citing “operation security reasons,” would not confirm US media reports that it was SEAL Team 6, the same unit which got Al-Qaeda leader bin Laden deep inside Pakistan last May.
American Jessica Buchanan and Dane Poul Thisted, who both worked for the Danish Refugee Council Demining Group, were rescued unharmed after helicopter-borne US commandos swooped in on scrubland in central Somalia early Wednesday local time, according to a local Somali official.
They killed all nine of them, the US military said. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said no US troops had been wounded or killed in the operation, which was personally authorized by President Barack Obama.
The SEALs — an acronym of “Sea, Air, Land” — specialize in reconnaissance and sea-borne assaults, often on vessels. They count some 2,300 highly specialized operatives among their ranks, and their raids mostly involve participation of two teams totaling nearly 30 commandos.
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