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with the FBI at the Pan American Games in Puerto
Rico as part of an anti-terrorist team set up
to anticipate possible terrorist activity at the
- Members of Delta Force participated in the all
too familiar botched rescue operation in Iran.
What had been months of planning and training
went to waste, when at a refueling spot in the
Iranian desert (code-named 'Desert One'), a helicopter
crashed into a tanker aircraft. The end result
was 8 dead servicemen, plus scores of others injured.
The mission objective was to rescue American hostages
trapped in the American embassy by Iranian Revolutionary
Guard. This was to be Delta's "Entebbe,"
or "Mogadishu," but it went down in
counter-terrorist history as one of the greatest
- Delta is called to storm an Indonesian airplane
in Bangkok, hijacked by 4 terrorists. A team of
Delta operators is flown there and performs the
rescue without a hitch, killing all four terrorists.
May - After reconnaissance photos from
SR-71 airplanes and spy satellites, identified
a probable POW camp in central Laos, an operation
was planned to rescue the POWs if further intelligence
proved that they were indeed there. Delta would
take part in the operation, and would co-operate
with the Intelligence Support Activity. When
a private mission, headed by Bo Gritz, went
looking for Americans at the same camp, and
found nothing, a whole debate was sparked in
Washington over the validity of the information.
The mission was apparently called off.
six-man Delta intelligence squad is sent to Italy
to aid in the search for Brig. Gen. James Dozier,
who was kidnapped by terrorists. Italian commandos
eventually located the terrorist hideout and rescued
A small contingent of Delta Force troopers
is sent to Honduras to act as security guards
for an intelligence gathering operation, code-named
Queens Hunter, over Nicaragua. The Delta Force
troopers were armed with Uzis, and wore windbreakers
and baseball caps. They stood ready to repel
an attack against the safe house they were stationed
in, which also held intelligence specialists.
Force is deployed along with SEAL Team Six and
other special forces units to Grenada during Operation
Urgent Fury. Their primary objectives were the
liberation of civillians imprisoned at Richmond
Hill prison, and Fort Rupert, housing senior advisors
of General Austin. Inter service rivalry and poor
intelligence caused the rescue mission to be aborted
twice. At Fort Rupert however, the mission was
executed swiftly and professionally, and the objectives
Delta operators were stationed in Beirut as
early as 1983, and one operator died in the
1983 bombing of the US Embassy.
- Delta is summoned to storm a hijacked Kuwaiti
airliner, but, the dreaded Mr. Murphy of Murphy's
Law decided to show up, and logistics problems
caused Delta not to be deployed.
Delta is also alleged to have participated
in Operation Manta in Lybia, in which French
special forces and Delta inserted small teams
to plant surveillance equipment around terrorist
training camps. It is rumored that Delta was
deployed to train Chad's troops in sophisticated
weapons systems, like the Stinger, which would
be used to shoot down Libyan aircraft.
Delta Force elements provide security at the
1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
- When TWA Flight 847 was hijacked by Shiite extremists
from Athens, Delta loaded up and headed to Algiers,
where the hijacked airplane was landed. Unfortunately,
the Algerian government refused Delta to mount
a rescue operation in the country, resulting in
the death of a US Navy diver and the taking of
Jewish passengers hostage. The TWA plane was then
flown to Beirut and the hostages dispersed around
the city, making a rescue impossible. It was after
this mishap that President Ronald Reagan declared
that "America doesn't deal with terrorists."
October - Another tale of political
problems and counter-terrorism in Italy. After
being hijacked by four terrorists, the Italian
ship S.S. Achille Lauro with about 400 hostages,
was piloted around the Mediterranean for a few
days. Since a large portion of the hostages
were American, Delta and SEAL Team Six were
placed on full alert. They were eventually deployed
to Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily. To
make a long story short, the terrorists murdered
a hostage, negotiated with Egypt for a safe
passage and loaded up aboard an Egyptian Boeing
737. They were escorted by Force 777 (Egypt's
counter-terrorist unit) to make sure that no
other unit would attack the terrorists. Upon
taking flight, the airplane was intercepted
by US fighters and forced to land at Sigonella.
The airplane was received by a joint force of
Delta and SEAL 6 operators, in full tactical
gear. As General Stiner approached the airplane
to apprehend the terrorists, a Carabinieri unit
showed up and demanded that the terrorists be
turned over to the Italians. America wasn't
going to give up that easy, so while Stiner
and the Carabinieri commander yelled at each
other, the Italians were pointing their weapons
at the Americans, with half the US Task Force
aiming back, the other half still keeping their
eyes on the aircraft. The terrorists were eventually
turned over to the Italians, which allowed them
to escape for fear of terrorist retaliation.
Mid-Late 1980s - Although classified,
it has been rumored that Delta Force had been
active in Beirut, Lebanon, looking for US hostages.
One MH-60 pilot claims that his unit was placed
on alert status, and the pilots briefed on flying
over Lebanon, radar threats and similar information.
They were supposed to insert teams of Delta
Force operators which were going to rescue hostages.
The plan was never carried out.
Delta operators were stationed in Beirut throughout
the 1980s as intelligence gatherers and embassy
Another rumor was that Delta Force operators
were involved in direct-action counter-narcotics
operations in the jungles of South America,
but this has not been verified as far as I know.
security job falls to Delta at the Statue of Liberty
is called up to assist the FBI with rioting prisoners
in the federal peniteniary in Atlanta. This was
the first time a JSOC unit was allowed to do a
domestic operation. Allegedly, the prisoners got
word that Delta Force was coming down, and they
again, Delta and ST 6 are deployed together to
Panama, in Operation Just Cause. Their main task
was the apprehension of General Manuel Noriega,
wanted on drug trafficking charges. The Delta
operators, in civilian wear, but sporting MP5s
under their jackets, searched the city and harbor
for Noriega, but he was 1 step ahead of them every
time. On one occasion an 8-man Delta team burst
into a brothel, where Noriega was purportedly
hidden away. Running upstairs, they smelled his
characteristic cigars, and the bed was still warm.
They were informed that he'd left less than an
is deployed to Iraq, in support of Operation Desert
Storm. Along with the 22nd SAS Regiment, they
were responsible for destroying mobile 'Scud'
missiles. Delta operators also served as Gen.
Norman Schwarzkopf's bodyguards.
SFOD-D is summoned to Waco, Texas, to plan an
assault on the Branch Davidian compound, with
more than 80 "hostages" inside. Recently,
it has been revealed that three Delta Force operators
were present at Waco as advisers to the FBI. This
revelation comes after years of denial by the
Justice Dept. that the US Army was involved in
1993 - Delta's most recent large deployment,
was in Somalia. Just before the US troops pulled
out, a joint Delta-SEAL-Ranger-Nightstalkers
Task Force made an attempt at capturing the
warlord Aidid. Unfortunately, the operation
went wrong from the beginning. As one of the
Ranger teams was fast-roping from a Blackhawk,
a soldier fell, getting critically injured.
Within minutes, the Rangers and Delta operators
found themselves in a vicious firefight with
Somali militia. Delta's end went off fine, and
ended up capturing 20 of Aidid's top lieutenants.
As the support convoy of Hummers and trucks
that was to take them back to base neared, gunfire
erupted from all sides. At the same time, a
160th SOAR MH-60 Black Hawk was coordinating
the attack from the air, was struck by an RPG
missile, causing it to crash. The Hummer convoy
was rerouted to help the pilots, but got lost
in the city. In the next five hours the soldiers
found themselves in a fight for their lives
in what was described as, "the largest
fire-fight since Vietnam." Driving around
the city helplessly, the convoy was badly decimated
by RPG and gun fire. Finally, with the help
of Pakistani and Malaysian peacekeepers, Task
Force Ranger evacuated its dead and wounded
and was flown back to base. The death toll at
the end was 18 dead Rangers and Delta Troopers,
with more Rangers being wounded. More information
on this operation can be found in the book Black
takes part in Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
Delta operators served as bodyguards for visiting
UN officials and diplomats, working together with
the Polish CT unit, "Grom."
Mid-1990s - Some Delta operators are
sent in to Bosnia to act as bodyguards for visiting
conjunction with the HRT, Secret Service, BATF
and various other law enforcement agencies, Delta
Force stands by in case of terrorist attack at
the Olympic Games in Atalanta. They, together
with a large number of local SWAT Teams and National
Guard troops (without guns), formed the largest
peacetime security force in history.
Mid-Late 1990s - Delta and SEAL Team
Six contingents are deployed to Bosnia to plan
and participate in the apprehension of the accused
war criminal Radovan Karadzic. Surveillance
was carried out, but the actual assault never
advance team sent to Lima, Peru immediately following
the takeover of the Japanese Ambassador's residence
in January 1997 along with six members of the
1998 - Delta, SAS and other NATO special operations
units are deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation
Allied Force. They are supposedly there to gather
intelligence, target Serbian tanks and buildings,
and rescue downed NATO pilots. They have also
allegedly co-operated with the Kosovo Liberation
Army (KLA) to follow Serbian troop and armor movements.
June 1998 - US officials acknowledge
that US and UK special operations units have
been training for 'snatch' operations, in preparation
for a possible mission to apprehend Serbian
president Slobodan Milosevic.
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