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Why Delta Force operators were on the sidelines during their first successful hostage-rescue mission | Yahoo

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The Army’s Delta Force was organized in the late 1970s, a response to the uptick in international terrorism that permeated the decade. The group was modeled after the venerable British Special Air Service and have become the Army’s principal direct action special operations group.

In July 1983, a group of Southern Sudan Liberation Front soldiers kidnapped two American missionaries and three other westerners and took them deep into the jungle of what is now the country of South Sudan. Delta Force immediately drew up a rescue plan, but the Pentagon was adamant no DF operators be directly involved in the mission. Fortunately, an American SOF team and one SAS operator had been in the country and stood up a Sudanese counterterrorism unit the previous year.

After the kidnapping, a Delta Force officer and a senior enlisted operator flew to the country to oversee the 30 man strong counterterrorism unit. They traveled with the team from the capital of Khartoum to a city closer to the hostage’s location. With the help of a signals team, the Delta Force advisers, and a Keyhole recon satellite the Sudanese commandos observed the kidnapper’s camp for two weeks.

A successful assault on the compound resulted in the rescue of all five hostages and the death of most of the rebels. This story was not widely known until former Delta Force operator Eric Haney wrote about it in his memoir Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit. Several of Haney’s colleagues have criticized his characterization of events and accused him of embellishment.

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/why-delta-force-operators-were-135958862.html

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