After the loss of life when the towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed, the attack on the Pentagon, and the loss of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania the decision was made by the National Command Authority, the president and all of his advisors, that there needed to be an immediate response to this attack on the United States. Based on this decision, they chose the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group (5th SFG) because they were the best prepared military organization that was ready and available to deploy. That’s what they train for, their operational area of the world is the Middle East and they practice over and over for deployments and operations in that environment.
The teams were then inserted into Afghanistan. If you’ve never been to Afghanistan you can’t imagine how bitterly cold it gets. When the wind blows and the sleet comes down, it cuts right through you - to the bone. They needed something that the guys could wear that would keep them warmer than what currently existed in the Army inventory. They needed something quickly and the quickest way to do this was to purchase fleece jackets that were already on the shelf at most sporting goods stores across America. And that’s where they came from and what those soldiers wore in Afghanistan.
This Mission was called Task Force Dagger. Their mission was for these special operators to link up with assets from the CIA and local warlords and resistance fighters, collectively known as the Northern Alliance. They would train the Afghans, supply them and coordinate between the U.S and the various ethnic groups. Their job was to get teams on the ground and kick somebody’s ass.
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