the 1st special Forces Op­er­a­tional De­tach­ment Delta

History of War - - DELTA AT MOG -

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.


Men of Delta Force fas­trope out of a Black Hawk in Syria, May 2015

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