Our heroes are back and they are kicking butt and taking names as per usual.
American Special Forces captured a “significant” Islamic State group operative in northern Iraq as part of their new mission to increase pressure on the terrorist group. While the detainee has not been identified, it is said that he has been in custody for the last two or three weeks at a temporary holding facility the Iraqi city of Erbil.
Delta Force is holding the prisoner and will interrogate them for the next several weeks before turning the prisoner over to Iraqi or Kurdish authorities.
Yes! These guys get the information they want out of this terrorist scum before sending the prisoner on his way, and that is how Delta Force operates!
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, the operative was the first target to be captured by a 200-strong team led by elite Delta Force troops. U.S. Commandos have captured Islamic State group members in Iraq before; however this special operations team is the first major American combat force on the ground there since 2011.
It is believed that the Delta Force Special Operations team arrived in the area a few weeks ago and began establishing their intelligence networks to gather information on targets ahead of the raid that resulted in the capture. However, no information has been released thus far on when and how the operation took place.
Officials expressed confidence that the new detainee will provide information on the location of other key Islamic State group figures, allowing for more of the radical Islamic terrorists to be taken in the coming weeks and months.
Delta Force is absolutely epic … but you already knew that.
Via Daily Mail
The detainee, who has not been identified, has been in custody for the last two or three weeks at a temporary structure in the norther Iraqi city of Erbil.
U.S. forces, who are holding the prisoner, will interrogate them for the next several weeks before turning them over to Iraqi or Kurdish authorities,
The operative is the first target to be captured by a 200-strong team led by elite Delta Force troops, which is known as the ‘expeditionary targeting force’, since deploying in Iraq in recent wee
Although US commandos have captured ISIS members in Iraq before, the 200-member Special Operations team is the first major American combat force on the ground there since the United States pulled out of the country at the end of 2011.
It is believed that the team arrived in the region a number of weeks ago and has been establishing intelligence networks and gathering information on targets ahead of this raid, though it is not known exactly when the operation took place.
The hope is that the new detainee will provide information on the location of other ISIS figures, allowing for more hostages to be taken in the coming weeks and months. The raid was first reported by the New York Times.
The detainee is being held in a temporary structure in the northern Iraqi town of Erbil, where the American unit is based and which is currently held by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
Defense Department officials have notified the International Committee of the Red Cross, which monitors the treatment of detainees, though a spokesman for the organization declined to comment.
Obama officials have ruled out transporting the detainee to an American detention facility, including Guantanamo Bay, as the President seeks to close the jail before his term in office ends.
It is not known how long American forces plan to hold the detainee, though sources said the interrogation could take weeks or even months.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that a force was being deployed to Iraq and Syria in December last year amid criticism that the Obama administration was not doing enough to thwart ISIS in the wake of the Paris attacks in which 130 people were killed.
At the time, he said: ‘We’re deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and to put even more pressure on ISIL.
‘These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence and capture ISIL leaders.’
The force is the first significant deployment of American troops inside Iraq since combat units pulled out at the end of 2011.
Special Operations troops killed ISIS leader Abu Sayyaf during a raid in eastern Syria back in May last year and captured his wife, Umm Sayyaf.
The target is being held at a temporary detention center in Erbil, a Kurdish-controlled town in northern Iraq, and will be interrogated by U.S. forces before being handed over to the Kurds or Iraqi government (file image of a makeshift prison in Huwija)
Information gleaned from her, as well as data taken from computers, files and hard drives used by ISIS, convinced Carter of the need to put a permanent force together.
Sayyaf is still being held by the Kurdistan Regional Government an was charged last month with being part of a conspiracy resulting in the death of Kayla Mueller, 26, an American aid worker.
Mueller had been captured by ISIS in 2013 and was kept as a sex slave by the Sayyafs and repeatedly raped by ISIS’ self-proclaimed emir, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, while in his custody.
Then, in November last year, U.S. special forces were recorded taking part in a raid to free prisoners held by ISIS at a compound in Hawija, northern Iraq.
It was during that raid that Special Forces Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler, 39, was shot dead, becoming the first America casualty in the war against ISIS.