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Old 13-02-2015, 08:22 PM   #5
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Arrow Operation Black Wings

The Stranglers - Shah Shah A Go Go The Raven...
The operation was conceived by the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3) of the U.S. Marine Corps based on an operational model developed by 2/3's sister battalion, the 3rd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3) which had preceded the 2nd Battalion in their combat deployment.. It utilized special operations forces (SOF) units and assets, including members of the U.S. Navy SEALs and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR(A), for the opening phase of the operation..A team of four Navy SEALs, tasked for surveillance and reconnaissance of a group of structures known to be used by Ahmad Shah and his men, fell into an ambush by Shah and his group just hours after inserting into the area by fastrope from an MH-47 helicopter..Three of the four SEALs were killed and a QRF helicopter sent in for their aid was shot down with a rocket propelled grenade fired from an RPG-7, killing all 8 U.S. Navy SEALs and all 8 U.S. Army Special Operations aviators on board...

Ahmad Shah was from the Kuz Kunar District of Nangarhar Province.. His full name was "Ahmad Shah Dara-I-Nur" meaning "Ahmad Shah of the Valley of the Enlightened Ones"..While he was not part of the Taliban, he sought allegiance with them..He was most closely associated with Gulbadin Hekmatyar..Subsequent to the SEAL ambush and MH-47 shootdown, Shah and his men escaped to Pakistan, where they produced a video from footage they shot of the ambush that included weapons and implements captured from the SEALs..In the fire fight with the 4 SEALs his group had an estimated 35 casualties as a result of a last stand by the 4 SEALs.. In late July 2005, Shah and his men returned to the Kunar Province, and began attacking United States, Coalition, and Government of Afghanistan entities..Ahmad Shah's cell was destroyed during Operation Whalers, which was planned and executed by the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment..Shah was killed during a shootout with Pakistani police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in April 2008, after failing to stop at a security checkpoint whilst transporting a kidnapped trader..Shah reportedly fought against the Taliban and al Qaeda in 2001. He eventually switched sides and later became a facilitator for foreign fighters traversing and operating in the challenging terrain of the northeast...

SEALs prior to Operation Red Wings (L to R): Matthew Axelson, Daniel R. Healy, James Suh, Marcus Luttrell, Eric S. Patton, Michael P. Murphy...

Late in the night of June 27,2005, two MH-47 Special Operations Aircraft of the Army Special Operations Command's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR(A)) approached Sawtalo Sar.. As one of the aircraft performed a number of "decoy drops" to confuse any possible enemy on the ground as to the specific purpose of helicopters, the other inserted, via fastrope, a four-man Navy SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team in a saddle between Sawtalo Sar and Gatigal Sar, a peak just to the south of Sawtalo Sar.. The insert point was roughly one and one half miles from the nearest Named Area of Interest..After moving to a pre-determined, covered overwatch position, from which the SEALs could observe the Named Areas of Interest, the team was discovered by local goatherds.. After determining that they were civilians, and not combatants, LT Murphy had them released, according to rules of engagement..The team, surmising that they would likely be compromised, retreated to a fallback position.. Within an hour, the SEAL Reconnaissance and Surveillance team was attacked by Shah and his men who were armed with RPK light machine guns, AK-47s, RPG-7 Rocket Propelled Grenades, and 82mm mortars..The intensity of the incoming fire, combined with the type of attack forced the SEAL team into the northeast gulch of Sawtalo Sar, on the Shuryek Valley side of Sawtalo Sar..The SEALs made a number of attempts to contact their combat operations center with a multi-band radio and then with a satellite phone..The team could not establish consistent communication, other than for a period long enough to indicate that they were under attack..3 of the four team members were killed, and the only survivor, Marcus Luttrell, was left unconscious with a number of fractures and other serious wounds.. He regained consciousness and was rescued by local Pashtun, who ultimately saved his life, as in his condition, without assistance, he would surely have been killed or captured by the Talisman... was the first in all of heaven to bow down before you..My love, my hope for mankind was no less than His..But I have watched you trample that gift..I have watched you kill each other over race and greed... waging war over dust and rubble and the words in old books...

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