SEAL rescue against Somali Pirates

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SEAL rescue against Somali Pirates

By now everyone has seen this, but still worth a post:

U.S. Special Forces troops flew into Somalia on a nighttime helicopter raid early Wednesday, freed an American and a Danish hostage and killed nine of the kidnappers in a mission that President Barack Obamasaid he personally authorized.

The Danish Refugee Council confirmed that the two aid workers, American Jessica Buchanan and Dane Poul Hagen Thisted, were freed and “are on their way to be reunited with their families.”

The raiders came in very quickly, catching the guards as they were sleeping after having chewed the narcotic leaf qat for much of the evening, a pirate who gave his name as Bile Hussein told the Associated Press by phone. Hussein said he was not present at the site but had spoken with other pirates who were, and that they told him nine pirates had been killed in the raid and three were missing.

I don't know why everyone always refers to them as "Special Forces" since that means Army to me, but they were SEALs nonetheless. SecDEF Panetta released a statement that read:

Last night U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted, by order of the President of the United States, a successful mission in Somalia to rescue two individuals taken hostage on October 25, 2011. Ms. Jessica Buchanan, an American citizen employed by the Danish Demining Group, and her Danish colleague, Mr. Poul Thisted, were kidnapped at gunpoint by criminal suspects near Galcayo, Somalia.

Ms. Buchanan and Mr. Thisted have been transported to a safe location where we will evaluate their health and make arrangements for them to return home.

This successful hostage rescue, undertaken in a hostile environment, is a testament to the superb skills of courageous service members who risked their lives to save others. I applaud their efforts, and I am pleased that Ms. Buchanan and Mr. Thisted were not harmed during the operation. This mission demonstrates our military's commitment to the safety of our fellow citizens wherever they may be around the world.


The Commander in Chief, President Obama, also issued a release which stated:

On Monday, I authorized an operation to rescue Jessica Buchanan, an American citizen who was kidnapped and held against her will for three months in Somalia.

Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our Special Operations Forces, yesterday Jessica Buchanan was rescued and she is on her way home. As Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission, and the dedicated professionals who supported their effort.

The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice. This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.


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As an Air Force veteran, I have most often thought "Green Beret" or similar when hearing the term "Special Forces" used, while SEAL has its own special and distinct meaning. But in fairness to all our brothers in arms, there are Special Forces personnel in all our armed services. I've met only a few of the Air Force's members of this elite community, a few Marine Force Recon members, and no SEALs. But I have the utmost respect and reverence for the job they all do, which most of us will never actually get to hear about. God Bless every one of them!

I always considered those "Special Operations" as opposed to Special Forces, but I don't suppose it makes any true semantic difference.


Thanks for the comment Steve.  If I could do it all again, I would go AF.


Somali pirates are always there to do harm. Is there anything we can do about it? Phoenix criminal attorney

Of course there are always things we can chose to do about pirates. Stop being fools and start arming the ships. My parents had 3 seperate attacks from pirates while living on their sailing vessel.. All attempts were nixed because they chose to carry effective weapons that even pirates understand and about the only thing they respect. They love to prey on innocent and those that they assume are un-armed... When they run into an equal force the don't like those odds and retreat quickly. It is not Rocket Science. Armed Societies are polite societies.

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