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11-11-08, 09:51 PM #1
Spec.Ops Rescue American Hostage
Special Ops Rescue American Hostage in Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan
Tuesday , November 11, 2008
An American engineer held hostage by Islamic militants in Afghanistan was freed in a daring nighttime raid by a Special Operations team last month, a rare move in a country where hostages often pay ransoms — or don't come home at all.
A team of about 30 special operators composed mostly of Navy SEALs flew into the mountains outside Kabul on October 14 to retrieve the 61-year-old American businessman, killing his captors and returning him to safety after nearly two months in captivity, according to an account in the Army Times.
"In my mind I'd given a military intervention a one out of a hundred chance," the unnamed engineer told the Army Times. The Taliban have kidnapped aid workers and journalists in recent years, and aggressive crime syndicates target wealthy Afghans and foreigners for ransom money.
"These fellows wanted either blood or money, and they weren't getting it that way," the engineer said.
The captive, who has lived and worked in Afghanistan for eight years, didn't have much to offer.
"This guy didn't have any money at all. It was like a personal life mission for him to help others," said Bruce J. Huffman, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan.
Militants from the Hezb-i-Islami (Party of Islam) kidnapped the man and an Afghan business partner August 20 on a road west of Kabul, according to the Army Times. He was treated "reasonably well" and was even allowed four cell phone calls to his wife, to whom he passed information in English, which the kidnappers did not understand.
The Aghan hostage was sold for a ransom. The American hostage told the Army Times he tried to escape, breaking free from his padlocks and running for cover in the nearest house, but was quickly spotted and caught by guards he said were 40 years his junior.
But when the kidnappers left him in one location for a stretch of days, the special ops group choppered in, climbing thousands of feet toward a mud hut where the engineer was being kept, while a select team approached and killed the militants before they could fire back.
The engineer was helicoptered back to safety that night and checked out by doctors at the U.S. embassy.
"I was in favor of that, 100 percent," he told the Army Times. "I was very surprised, very amazed and very happy.""We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." -- George Orwell
11-11-08, 09:58 PM #2
Way to go!
11-11-08, 10:10 PM #3
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11-12-08, 12:52 AM #5
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11-12-08, 07:02 AM #6
YAY!!!!! That's awesome!Arm the sheep!
11-12-08, 07:30 AM #7
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11-12-08, 09:42 AM #8
11-12-08, 09:55 AM #9
The more I think about it, the more I get pissed off. What possesses an American to go and live or work in this country. They are subjected to hate and have to live their life in fear or denial of such fear. Worst of it is, here you put 30 US Operatives at risk to save your sorry ass. Granted, I am sure those seals were more then willing to do it, but they are in that country for a reason, to fight terrorism, hunt Taliban and Bin Laden. Not some moron who decides to live and work in a hostile country, who will probably stay there even after being kidnapped. Just my opinion and that does not apply to gov't workers who are their on business for the gov't or a company contracted by the gov't.
11-13-08, 01:30 AM #10
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