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Special Ops Rescue American Hostage in Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan
Fox ^ | Nov 12, 2008 | not specified

Posted on 11/12/2008 5:16:24 AM PST by RDTF

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.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 200810; afghanistan; hostage; hostagerescue; navyseals; seals; specialops
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1 posted on 11/12/2008 5:16:24 AM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

dead terrorists, saved hostage...good news for once to start the day with:)


2 posted on 11/12/2008 5:18:31 AM PST by CanadianMusherinMI (drill baby drill/mine baby mine!)
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To: RDTF

Simply outstanding.


3 posted on 11/12/2008 5:18:57 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: RDTF

Wow! Wonderful news!


4 posted on 11/12/2008 5:20:58 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Obama, you are NOT my President!)
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To: RDTF

To those that routinely do what can’t be done, can’t be spoken about, can’t be honored; we raise our glass and toast you! Well done!


5 posted on 11/12/2008 5:22:12 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: RDTF

To those that routinely do what can’t be done, can’t be spoken about, can’t be honored; we raise our glass and toast you! Well done!


6 posted on 11/12/2008 5:22:43 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: RDTF

Well met!


7 posted on 11/12/2008 5:23:03 AM PST by onedoug
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To: RDTF

Thank God for our brave soldiers - and for this rescue - and for our military.....may they save our nation.


8 posted on 11/12/2008 5:24:59 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

YUP..............a win-win situation. Let’s hope things like this continue after Jan. 20...........


9 posted on 11/12/2008 5:28:00 AM PST by ALASKA (I feel more like I do today than I did yesterday.....)
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To: RDTF
He'll have a story to tell...and a messed up head for many years....

But his love for the USA and our troops will be at the top of his list of "Good Things" for the rest of his life.

God Bless America and out Troops!!

10 posted on 11/12/2008 5:28:00 AM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: RDTF

Thank God for those rough men who stand ready to do violence on our behalf.

The hostage has now heard the most wonderful words in the english language.

“We’re Americans and are here to take you home.”

A hearty Huzzah! to all operators and intelligence specialists in our nation. They will never be publicly honored for your actions, but in their hearts, they know they are doing the work they were born to do.


11 posted on 11/12/2008 5:32:07 AM PST by cyclotic (Is Michelle Obama really Rita X?)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

They may have to save our Nation, From internal enemies.


12 posted on 11/12/2008 5:35:47 AM PST by reefdiver (How do you keep the Conservative a Conservative, in Washington DC ?)
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To: Velveeta; WestCoastGal; Cindy; KylaStarr; LucyT

Some really good news to wake up to. God bless and keep our troops.


13 posted on 11/12/2008 5:36:17 AM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: RDTF
killing his captors and returning him to safety

Yeah!

14 posted on 11/12/2008 5:36:58 AM PST by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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To: reefdiver

Exactly.


15 posted on 11/12/2008 5:37:32 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: RDTF

Nice! Well done, boys.


16 posted on 11/12/2008 5:42:25 AM PST by good guy in bad guy land
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To: cyclotic

They are not rough men. They are gentle men with families and children. But they have what many do not. They have Warrior Souls, and belive me they ARE WARRIORS. I am fortunate to have one such WARRIOR for a son


17 posted on 11/12/2008 5:46:30 AM PST by garykfd (American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God!)
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To: RDTF

Fantastic!


18 posted on 11/12/2008 5:47:29 AM PST by livius
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Bravo Zulu!


19 posted on 11/12/2008 5:49:46 AM PST by JDoutrider (Heading to my cabin at Galt's Gulch... I'm going to miss you America...)
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To: RDTF

Direct link to the story in the Army Times:

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/11/military_air_rescue_110708WEB/


20 posted on 11/12/2008 5:50:44 AM PST by erk
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To: RDTF

Great news there!

I’m sure it is deemed offensive to muslims, though.


21 posted on 11/12/2008 5:52:58 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gloucester County, VA -- Making a stand on 4 Nov 08 for America: 63% for McCain/Palin)
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To: RDTF
Great story, but the sad part is the Special Forces teams that have been built up over the past 8 years for just these sorts of operations will be partially or completely dismantled by Obama. Then, when we need them they won't be there. A truly sad repeat of history is about to unfold.....
22 posted on 11/12/2008 5:55:29 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a Mark of Folly. - B. Franklin)
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To: erk

thanks! that tells the whole story. So exciting!


23 posted on 11/12/2008 5:55:33 AM PST by RDTF (BO smells and eventually people do what's necessary to avoid it)
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To: RDTF

It’s men like these that make me proud to be an American. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!


24 posted on 11/12/2008 5:56:14 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: ScottinVA
I’m sure it is deemed offensive to muslims, though.

I can't imagine life as a special forces under Obama. We need these men, but how many will survive and tough it out through Obi's nightmare?

25 posted on 11/12/2008 5:57:16 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Join the Constitution Party)
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To: FreeAtlanta
I can't imagine life as a special forces under Obama. We need these men, but how many will survive and tough it out through Obi's nightmare?

They hung around through Clinton and Carter. I'm sure we'll lose a lot of excellent operators, but there will be new ones to take their spots. If they leave now, they can go to blackwater, etc., and possibly come back in 4 yrs.

26 posted on 11/12/2008 5:59:54 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: garykfd

God Bless your family. He wasn’t JUST born that way, sir, he was nurtured to be a warrior and I send a special kudos to you and your wife (or sons mother)Thank God that we still have families that teach a sense of discipline and integrity to our youth. Thank you and thank your son!


27 posted on 11/12/2008 6:13:06 AM PST by mpackard (Read my Lip-Stick)
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To: garykfd

I wasn’t implying any sort of nastiness in that comment. It was a takeoff of a quote by George Orwell. I know several such men and they are to a one the nicest, most even-headed men you could meet, but I also know that when the necessity arrives, they have the ability to focus on the mission and then do whatever is needed to protect us. Please understand that it with absolute and utmost respect that I made those comments.


28 posted on 11/12/2008 6:13:39 AM PST by cyclotic (Is Michelle Obama really Rita X?)
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To: garykfd

Bye the way, thank your son for all of us and thank you for your support of his mission.


29 posted on 11/12/2008 6:16:27 AM PST by cyclotic (Is Michelle Obama really Rita X?)
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To: RDTF

How extremely cool. I want to see the movie!!!


30 posted on 11/12/2008 6:18:22 AM PST by villagerjoel (1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual!)
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To: RDTF

Woo hoo! Thank you, Navy SEALS and coalition.


31 posted on 11/12/2008 6:31:43 AM PST by littlehouse36 ( "No one can be at the same time be a sincere Catholic and a true socialist." -- Pope Pius XI)
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yea what a great story. Reminds me of the Entebbee raid by the Israelis. I am happy the US had the courage to go through with us.....obama would want to talk with the hostage takers


32 posted on 11/12/2008 6:31:46 AM PST by TerP26
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To: RDTF

God bless our troops!


33 posted on 11/12/2008 6:32:29 AM PST by keats5 ("I hope for his sake, Joe Biden got that VP thing in writing."- Rudy)
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To: RDTF

Thanks for a great news post.


34 posted on 11/12/2008 6:40:04 AM PST by aculeus
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To: RDTF

This is great news.

God Bless our wonderful military.


35 posted on 11/12/2008 6:47:31 AM PST by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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To: RDTF

God Bless Them.


36 posted on 11/12/2008 6:53:57 AM PST by fatima
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To: Travis T. OJustice
If they leave now, they can go to blackwater, etc., and possibly come back in 4 yrs.

That assumes the Obama administration will not charge Blackwater for war crimes for every little thing, and arrest every single member as being part of a criminal organization.

37 posted on 11/12/2008 6:57:01 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (Question O-thority)
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To: RDTF

Way to GO!


38 posted on 11/12/2008 6:59:42 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: garykfd

God bless you and God bless your son! And thank you and him.


39 posted on 11/12/2008 7:01:31 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: PapaBear3625

True, and that is a big assumption. There are other companies that are not controlled by US law, though. My understanding is there is a pretty strong demand for this type of service in African nations.


40 posted on 11/12/2008 7:02:26 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: TerP26

Obama would not talk with the hostage takers. He would invite them for dinner at a quaint place in Pakistan.

Of course he would cancel and then send someone like John Kerry or Shrillary.

Speaking of the power hungry phony, has anyone seen her lately. I kinda miss her after seeing the last round of phony interviews where she was “supporting” Obama but couldn’t crack a smile or any emotion for that matter.

It was great seeing how utterly miserable she was.


41 posted on 11/12/2008 7:10:48 AM PST by romanesq
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To: taxcontrol
By and large a waste. This could of been done by any experienced infantry company.

SF, et al, should all be in language school, growing long hair, living abroad in small, discrete cells.....and killing propagandists, financiers and family members of our enemies. IMHO.

42 posted on 11/12/2008 7:19:17 AM PST by Leisler (Obama is going to give us all Unicorns!)
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To: RDTF

The Army Times piece gives us a sense of the brilliance in constant supply at the State Department, as contrasted with the way people talk from the Department of Breaking Things and Hurting Bad Guys (my name for the Defense Department, which used to be more accurately called the War Department):

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the State Department did not respond to requests for comment. But military sources said Wood’s view was that any publicity of Americans taken hostage in Afghanistan, even those who are rescued, encourages “the bad guys” to take more hostages and scares off Americans and other westerners from visiting or working in Afghanistan.

The special operators see the Oct. 15 rescue differently. To them, the fact that U.S. forces were able to rescue an American hostage from a location where the kidnappers felt secure “sends a very clear message to any extremist groups that [kidnapping Americans] will be handled with vigilance and unrelenting persecution,” said the special operations officer.

I wish more people who work the USG could be induced to think like the special ops guys. Jesse Helms was right — State should just be abolished. Maybe after the next four years . . .


43 posted on 11/12/2008 7:21:25 AM PST by JOHN ADAMS
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To: RDTF

Are our guys AWESOME or what?

God Bless Them!!


44 posted on 11/12/2008 7:22:57 AM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: RDTF

God bless our brave troops. Most excellent news.


45 posted on 11/12/2008 7:26:51 AM PST by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: penelopesire

HOOYAH!!!!


46 posted on 11/12/2008 7:45:28 AM PST by jrolfedrev
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To: RDTF

Meanwhile;

Afghanistan: American journalist kidnapped by Taliban (NY Times reporter)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2130284/posts


47 posted on 11/12/2008 8:10:07 AM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: RDTF

God bless these guys. Maybe now they will be forgiven by Obamanation for air raiding villages and killing civilians.


48 posted on 11/12/2008 8:18:24 AM PST by doug from upland (8 million views of .HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: RDTF

killing his captors and returning him to safety

yes...another beautifull...

flawless execution.....it sucks to be them.


49 posted on 11/12/2008 8:54:58 AM PST by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: Travis McGee; Squantos; humblegunner; TheMom

Ping.


50 posted on 11/12/2008 9:28:21 AM PST by Eaker (Dutch expression "You can give a monkey a gold ring, but it stays an ugly thing." - EscapedDutch)
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