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An Afghan National Army commando, right, carries his wounded colleague as U.S Air Force Pararescue and Navy SEALs special operations forces carry another wounded Afghan National Army soldier to a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army’s Task Force Lift “Dust Off,” Charlie Company 1-52, following a roadside bomb attack on the outskirts of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 29, 2011. 

Rough Week

It’s been a hard week for us here in SOTF. Three days ago, one of our SF guys stepped on an IED and lost his foot. He’s back at Walter Reed in DC beginning the strenuous recovery process.

Yesterday, one of our partner forces, an Afghan Commando, turned on Americans and shot three Soldiers. All three survived and are being treated.

Also yesterday, an SF Soldier passed away from non-combat related reasons. There was a plane side ceremony this morning as his casket boarded a plane back to the United States to be with his family.

Please keep your prayers coming. The Soldiers here face extreme challenges and adversity every single day.




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GRP episode # 24.

Below is an excerpt from the episode.

Special Forces operator Chuck Ritter:

In the video you see me coming around the corner shot. So basically we under estimated the enemy force present in the area. Our partners were the Afghan Commando’s, and we had very few Americans on the ground. We came in at night, and it was clear all night. Then in the morning right when the sun came up the enemy actually closed to within 5 to 10 meters of our battle positions, and started throwing hand grenade’s over the wall, and were really lighting us up.

So we were going out trying to push these guys back off our perimeter. The fact that the terrain was very maze like allowed them the freedom of maneuverability to move on us. Aerial imagery, and everything else didn’t paint the right picture on the ground. An overhead drone spotted an ambush, and the operator was telling us that there was an enemy ambush set up a couple hundred meters away. We were trying to flank that ambush, but in reality the ambush was right there. We turned the corner, an Afghan Commando got shot took a round to the leg, and it blew off some fingers. A good majority of the rest of the Afghan Commando’s ran away.

It was me, my medic, and EOD guy. All of the fast movers moved off station, so the only thing I had overhead was Apache’s. So I started working fire to provide cover for this casualty.” If you have any questions about anything you heard on the podcast send an email to #GlobalReconPodcast #ITunes #SpecialForces #Wounded #Valor #FreedomIsntFree #GreenBerets #Afghanistan #Combat #18Delta #Medics #NorthAmericanRescue #NAR #USASOC #DOL @northamericanrescue

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Honoring Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford, who perished July 29, 2012, in Bagdhis province, Afghanistan, fighting to his last breath in an enemy ambush.

According to a recent report by the Marine Corps Times, when a group of Afghan special forces soldiers came under enemy fire, Gifford, a team chief assigned to Marine Special Operations Command, jumped onto an all-terrain vehicle and sped 800 meters to their aid, administering first aid and moving the wounded to an evacuation zone, under enemy fire all the while.

He then returned across that 800-meter stretch of unprotected terrain to defend another group of Afghan commandos.

He killed an insurgent who was firing from a window, scaled a building full of Taliban fighters and dropped a fragmentation grenade down the chimney, and continued to engage the enemy before falling to enemy fire.

For his bravery and sacrifice, Gifford was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the nation’s second-highest award for gallantry in combat on June 17, 2014.

Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. John Paxton presented the award to Gunny Gifford’s family in a ceremony at MARSOC Headquarters aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


Coalition Special Operations Forces members defend their position from insurgent small arms fire during a day-long fire fight in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, April 12, 2012. Afghan National Army Commandos and coalition SOF, the first to visit that area in more than two years, defeated insurgent forces overrunning a village. 


The American Green Berets were seated around a long, plywood table at their base when they spotted the Taliban counterattack on their screens.

The burly Americans were working on computers, drinking coffee and munching on chips and peanut butter cookies. Their team leader answered an ever-ringing phone, giving his superiors updates on an Afghan commando mission in the mountains just north of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Airfield.

The Green Berets could see the progress of the mission on a massive screen on the wall — live video sent by an American drone. The Afghan commandos had opened fire on the Taliban, and they had fired back. An American AH-64 Apache attack helicopter sliced down to shred the defenders. Many scattered.

Then, the American troops here spotted about two dozen men — black-and-white figures on their monitors — carrying rifles and machine guns, moving along a dry riverbed, parallel to the Afghan commandos.

Under U.S. Air Cover, Afghan Commandos Chase The Elusive Taliban

Photos: David Gilkey/NPR


Afghan National Army commandos from the 3rd Commando Kandak, Coalition special operations forces and Cultural Support Team members during a patrol of Tambil village, Khahrez district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, April 26, 2012. The commandos, partnered with coalition special operations forces, conduct village clearing operations in the surrounding districts of Kandahar to disrupt insurgent safe havens and promote security in the area.

An Afghan commando from 1st Company, 7th Special Operations Kandak fires a rocket propelled grenade on a range during training in Washer district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 18, 2013. The commandos, along with their coalition force mentors, practice with various weapons systems to increase accuracy and combat effectiveness. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Benjamin Tuck/Released) Public Domain


With the U.S. combat role over in Afghanistan, the country’s security now depends on men like Sgt. Maj. Faiz Mohammed Wafa, one of the leaders of the Afghan commandos.

On this day, the Afghan sergeant is screaming at trainees at Camp Commando, a training center built by the Americans in the hills south of Kabul. Two dozen trainees are seated in the dirt in full combat gear. Wafa is trying to teach them the proper way to clear a house, searching room to room for insurgents.

“I told you 10 times,” he says. “Hold your weapons correctly!”

They line up and stream into a warehouse-like building divided into rooms. 
They shoot at Taliban role-players, frisking those with their hands up. They do it over and over. In a month or so, they’ll be doing it for real.

“This is a fight. In Afghanistan right now, we’re doing three things at the same time,” he says. “We’re training, we’re equipping and we’re fighting the enemy.”

Afghanistan’s security is heavily dependent on elite forces like the commandos, a group similar to the U.S. Army Rangers. Trainees at Camp Commando, a training center built by the Americans in the hills south of Kabul, work through exercises as they step up their attempt to take on insurgents.

With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

Photos by David Gilkey/NPR