Finally, in April 2006, a group of real warriors decided enough was enough and fight the war the right way – no quarter, no prisoners, no surrender, failure is not an option.
"A Special Ops “A-Team” helped nail Zarqawi" reported WorldNetDaily.com recently.
Only two months ago, the super secret group that found and destroyed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was formulated at a meeting of U.S. and British defense chiefs. One month ago, the "A-Team" was created from elite Special Forces operators of the U.S. Army Green Berets, British Special Air Services (SAS) “Tier 1”, and the Israeli Mossad with the singular purpose of hunting down “the slaughtering sheik” al-Zarqawi and rubbing him out.
The special unit - nicknamed “The Untouchables” - was given 007 license to kill, "no-holds barred" orders to pursue Zarqawi and eliminate him. The Untouchables were given assurances they would not come under any investigations as a result of their activities and methods to bring Zarqawi to "summary justice". In case anyone missed the meaning here, "no-holds barred" means “do anything, maim, or kill anyone necessary” to get Zarqawi; "summary justice" means nothing short of “kill”.
To blend with the locals, team members dressed in second-hand clothing bought at local Baghdad back alley markets. They used brown or black contact lenses to disguise their Western eyes. The Untouchables also (and this is my favorite part) sprayed themselves with a pungent sweat-smelling odor called “souk scent” so they would smell like the local peasants which permitted the team to perform dangerous surveillance operations in generally no-go areas of heavy insurgent activity.
The Untouchable team members were each issued a L115A-338 sniper rifle that have a kill range of 1,000 yards which only highlights the groups’ primary goal to kill Zarqawi. High-tech thermal imaging equipment was employed to view into the dark places the terror rat liked to use as he scurried around Baghdad, cities, villages, and the countryside. Overhead, a CIA operated Predator drone supplied a real-time video feed of anyplace Zarqawi was reported to be.
The needed break in the hunt came when Zarqawi’s spiritual advisor’s location was identified. Staying on the tail of Sheikh Abdul-Rahman, U.S. forces were soon led to Zarqawi in Baquba. The two men, along with other aides and bodyguards, were then monitored electronically and tailed to a farmhouse in Hibhib where Zarqawi had been living for about a week with a woman and child believed to have been his wife and son.
At a news briefing Thursday, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said,
“Through painstaking intelligence efforts we were able to start tracking him, monitoring his movements. ... Last night, he went to meet Zarqawi again at 6:15 p.m. when the decision was made to go ahead and strike that target.The final bit of information pinpointing Zarqawi’s location was supplied by Jordanian intelligence, said an Israeli security official, and Egyptian intelligence corroborated the Jordanian intel. Zarqawi was a native of Jordan. The assumed possible successor to Zarqawi is Abu al-Masari, an Egyptian.
" What everyone needs to understand is the strike last night did not occur in a 24-hour period. It truly was a very long, painstaking, deliberate exploitation of intelligence, information gathering, human sources, electronics, signal intelligence that was done over a period of time, many, many weeks."
This war could have been over a long time ago if our leaders had just allowed the military professionals to do their jobs in the manner they know to work best for America - fast action, overwhelming firepower, and principled warriors leading the way. When the shooting stops those same troops begin the healing between enemies with acts of kindness and compassion inherent in the heart of every American Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine.
We will never know the names of the men involved in the quick operation to kill Zarqawi; we will never be able to thank them for their special service. The very special men of the SOF (Special Operations Forces) know the need for secrecy and anonimity and are willing to live unknown lives. But, within there own tightknit community, they know the great risks they take for liberty are appreciated by freedom loving people everywhere.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.