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By Repeat to Fade
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Simple question really. America has two tier one special forces units, navy seal team 6 and delta force. The seals were used for the mission to kill Bin Laden. Now the navy seals as the name suggests are part of the navy and delta force are part of America's ground forces. OBL was nowhere near a sea, ocean or body of water, but the Navy seals were used.

Does anyone know why they would be selected for a ground mission over delta force?
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By Zagadka
#13701139
I think ith as something to do with the deployment. Delta Force deploys and attacks, the SEAL teams drop in in the night, hit the target, and get out.
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By ThomasNewton
#13701144
To be quite frank this is the kind of thing the SEALS are trained to do. Read about them here. Why wouldn't they be chosen to do a kind of job that's the primary reason for their existence in the first place? You said in your opening post you're judging this "from the name" which is not only a terrible way to judge anything but also highly inaccurate, SEALS stands for "SEa, Air and Land (SEAL) Teams."

I hope you're not going to claim this mission didn't involve sea, air or land. :lol:
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By Repeat to Fade
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which is not only a terrible way to judge anything but also highly inaccurate, SEALS stands for "SEa, Air and Land (SEAL) Teams."


Actually it was more to do with the word "navy" before the seal part that suggests a kind of naval nature.

The targeting of inland high profile targets has in the past been what delta force did. Saddam, his sons, Zarqawi, attempts on Mullah Omar, Gothic Serpent and Escobar.
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By U184
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I was a CQC Instructor for the Teams for a few years, there are several of them and any could have been used, not just Team 6. The reasons go to logistics, specialties of given members, who was given the orders and many other parameters. In general the Teams are the go to guys of the USA, so really there is no reason to ask "why".
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By OReally Factor
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Delta Force deploys and attacks, the SEAL teams drop in in the night, hit the target, and get out.


Delta was dropping in, hitting targets and getting out throughout the Iraq War and they probably still are.
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By GandalfTheGrey
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Wasn't delta force involved in the assault on tora bora in 2001? Seems only fair then that they give the other guys a turn this time.
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By sazerac
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Osama or Usama Bin Laden was not killed. He was frightened to death and then dumped in the ocean. All the fish thought it was a big whale turd.
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By U184
#13701936
I would say the large percentile chance is OBL is alive, and in a small dark place with bright lights, being asked question after question and will be for some time to come.
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By Ombrageux
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The chairman of the joint chiefs is an admiral.
By Rich
#13702273
KFlint wrote:I would say the large percentile chance is OBL is alive, and in a small dark place with bright lights, being asked question after question and will be for some time to come.

And what would be the purpose of that? To find out who his ISI handler was?
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By Lokakyy
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RtF wrote:OBL was nowhere near a sea, ocean or body of water, but the Navy seals were used.


I'm under impression that Navy SEALs have been doing a lot of operations in Afghanistan, which isn't exactly a country surrounded by sea.

Does anyone know why they would be selected for a ground mission over delta force?


My guess is that the SEALs were logistically an easier solution, something which we of course will never know.
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By U184
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Had I been, I could not confirm nor deny, so what is the point of asking? In general I would remind you that I am retired from that aspect of my life.

I have been busy of late doing paperwork for the Senate, when they ask..boy you better jump to.

How are things going for you?
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By OReally Factor
#13702520
Wasn't delta force involved in the assault on tora bora in 2001? Seems only fair then that they give the other guys a turn this time.


I'm not sure which American forces were involved in Tora Bora but it's pretty much accepted that the SBS had bin Ladin moreorless within their grasp around Tora Bora in 2001 but were told to stand to because the Americans wanted him for themselves. By the time the U.S. guys had turned up...

I'm under impression that Navy SEALs have been doing a lot of operations in Afghanistan...


As they did in Iraq. They are capable of doing exactly the same job as Delta Force, just as the SBS are supposedly capable of doing the same job as the SAS.
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By sazerac
#13702521
I have been busy of late doing paperwork for the Senate, when they ask..boy you better jump to.
Sounds very important my new nephew is Senator Rockefeller's personal assistant and driver.

Chris?

My niece was his tutor in collage. Tutor to the jocks. She asked him why he even needed her and he said he got a B once.

Is my niece's husband famous? My rehab therapist knew the story of the dude who had to choose between Rhodes Scholar and NFL kicker? She and her dad talked about it. I've never met him because it hasn't been possible yet. She was disappointed I was in a hospital bed for the wedding.

As I understand it his new goal is to be president. My dad has no doubt. I need to give him charisma lessons. Southern him up a bit.

Is my niece just a pawn in his scheme to become president? Come on, a wife who teaches gifted inner city kids? He better be tying her shoe laces for her.
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By U184
#13702618
Naw, not very important, there are 1000's of people who do what I do.

It sounds like your nephew and niece might be going places though.
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By Zagadka
#13702629
My dad says "because they are the best"... but I think my dad is biased serving in the Navy. At least Navy aren't as annoying as Marines, most of those guys are assholes.
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By U184
#13702631
They are all the best. Any group of 5 to 7 people who can go in, change Governments and accomplish what entire armies of politicians or soldiers could not, are all the fucking best... regardless of the branch.
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