On May 2nd 2011, two highly sophisticated stealth Black Hawk helicopters approached a high walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This was no ordinary raid, as it was deep inside the friendly nation of Pakistan and was done without their permission. The helicopters carried the soon-to-be famous SEAL Team 6 which operated under the control of the highly secretive US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Within a few hours after touchdown at the compound, America’s public enemy number one, Osama Bin Laden, would be dead and all members of the SEAL team would return safely with Bin Laden’s lifeless body to Afghanistan. It is to date the most highly publicized success story of this highly secretive US Military Command. Just what is this command and exactly where did it come from?
It all started back in 1980 when the unit was first formed. It was comprised of some 1800 civilians, airmen, soldiers, Marines and sailors that were among the best in the world at what they do. Over the years, the units under the JSOC’s command have been reshaped and reinvented as changing times have dictated. Today, the command routinely has under its control some 25,000 military members and is playing an ever increasing role in trouble spots all over the world. Most of their fighting has been done in Afghanistan and Iraq, but it also is not uncommon to see them pop up in such locations as the Philippines, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Nigeria, Syria or anyplace else in the world where the government and those in charge of the command feel they are needed. It is a fighting force that is elite in every way from the men that make it up to the equipment which they perform their tasks with.
Among the places the units have been deployed in the past is the failed Desert One Mission in Iran in 1980, in Grenada in 1983, the Achille Lauro hijacking in the Mediterranean in 1985, in the Panama crisis in 1989, in the First Gulf War in 1991, in Somalia in 1993, in Haiti in 1994, during the Balkan conflict from 1996-2002 and in the wars in Afghanistan starting in 2001 and Iraq starting in 2003. Although all of these missions have not been met with success, the very nature of the complexity of the missions that are undertaken speaks volumes to the special type of civilian personnel and military members that fall under the JSOC’s command.
Yes, some of the same type of work that JSOC does is also done by the covert operation groups within the CIA, but they do not have nearly the same amount of sophisticated equipment or the large number of highly trained personnel that JSOC does. As terrorism has the modern world in its grips, the group also has the rare right to eliminate those targets on its kill list instead of just trying to capture the enemy. As you read this, you can rest assured that the members of the JSOC are hard at work in some unknown location around the world.
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