SAS raid frees hostage aid workers in Afganistan

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  1. freebird

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    I heard this on the news today, SAS rescue in Afganistan


    David Cameron sent SAS troops to free a kidnapped British aid worker yesterday after her captors demanded a £7

    Who can expect a swift brutal end, the terrorists or the hostages? :shock: :confused:

    (I was wondering, as I heard this on the radio :eek: )

    At the risk of wandering into political territory here, I wonder if these "outreach" programs are just sending hostages into harm's way?
    Drop supplies from the back of a C-47 at 5,000 feet, and if tribesmen start shooting at the aircraft, switch to dropping bombs instead. :p

    So, is this the way things are going? Are we going to see more of this kind of operation to free pirate hostages in Somalia?

    Anyways, glad to see that the rescue went well and didn't end up with all the hostages killed. 8)
     
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    We'll let this go for now but if it gets too political, it will be closed.

    Great to see the SAS get success.
     
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    That's awesome, well done SAS! :salute:
     
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    Great job to the SAS.

    I also never understood the aid worker thing. They are sent to help them because they are in need. They are trying to do something good for these people. Yet, they are always captured and killed. Stop sending them...
     
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    Spot on, SAS! :salute:

    Send aid workers where they're both needed AND wanted. Not "or". If they're not wanted, you're just sending in gift-wrapped hostages. There are plenty of places around the world where their efforts will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Good job by the SAS! :salute:

    And I agree that aid workers and peace corps folks are too often kidnapped, or caught in the crossfire. There are some places they should not be.
     
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    Problem is that the people who capture them are not the people in want of help. But there are several other civilians in the area who do not belong to the kidnappers. That's why they are send. But they'll need protection I guess.

    Kuddo's on the SAS, nice job.
     
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    Good job SAS!

    Thought I read somewhere that Delta Team 6 where involved as well (think on the BBC but can't find it now). Could of been a different mission though.
     
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    It says so in the link:
     
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    Well done SAS!
     
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    Marcel hit the nail directly on its head. In Vietnam "Hearts and Minds" sent medical teams into the villages where people came from miles around for desparately needed medical help. Those same teams soon became prime targets for the VC and NVA as did USAID workers and missionaries. Michael Benge is probably the best known of these civilians who were none-the-less captured, killed, tortured, mistreated, denied medical treatment, and starved to the point of death all in an effort to stop any pro-American sentiment.
    And by ALL means fantastic job SAS
     
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    There was a piece on the radio about the raid. The reports were that the hostages had been split into pairs and were being held in two caves before being moved on. The SAS went for the cave with the british hostages and the US forces went for the other. As it happened all the hostages were in the cave raided by the SAS but all the kidnappers in both caves were killed.

    Full marks to both teams
     
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    International cooperation at its best! Rock on!
     
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    These aid teams are targeted by the terrorist because they are effective at winning hearts and minds.

    Making the whole country responsible as a whole for the murders by the terrorist is exactly the response the terrorist wants.
     
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