the 1st special Forces Operational Detachment Delta
Delta Force was Founded in the aftermath of the 1972 munich massacre as america’s primary hostage rescue and counter-terrorist Force
delta Force’s first mission, the 1980 ‘operation eagle Claw’ to rescue the hostages being held in tehran, ended in disaster when two aircraft collided at desert one base. missions in grenada and Panama followed, before delta joined the ‘Scud Hunt’ in 1991 in the Iraqi desert, tracking and destroying mobile ballistic missile launchers.
In 1993, delta deployed as part of task Force Ranger and participated in the infamous Battle of mogadishu. at the same time, delta operators were assisting Colombian forces in the hunt for Pablo escobar. the late 1990s saw the unit operating in the Balkans, targeting war criminals for capture.
delta operators were among the first into afghanistan after 9/11 and came frustratingly close to capturing or killing osama bin laden at tora Bora. as the insurgency boiled to the surface following the Us-led invasion of Iraq, delta was given responsibility for eliminating the leaders and bomb-makers of al-qaeda in Iraq and later conducted kill or capture missions in eastern afghanistan.
today, the unit operates globally but has most recently been seen in action in Syria, where it was involved in successfully defending a US patrol base attacked by jihadists and Russian mercenaries in February 2018.
“DELTA WERE GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR ELIMINATING THE LEADERS AND BOMB-MAKERS OF AL-QAEDA IN IRAQ”
Men of Delta Force fastrope out of a Black Hawk in Syria, May 2015