afghan special forces


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. 

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. 

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.


An Afghan soldier and a coalition force member execute a search which resulted in the seizure of improvised explosive device-making materials and multiple firearms during a security operation in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. January 13, 2013. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Debooy)


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Kunduz City

Afghan special forces prepare to launch operation to retake the city from Taliban insurgents in Kunduz, Afghanistan, Sept. 29, 2015. Afghan security forces launched counter-offensive on Tuesday morning to retake the northern Kunduz city and expel Taliban militants from the area, Kunduz police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said. (Najim Rahim/Xinhua Press/Corbis)


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.