Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SOC’s Secretive Delta Force Operators, on the Ground for El Chapo Capture

Posted by DD Republished from Sofrep News and Washington Post  thank you BB reader for the tip on this article
                                              
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Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo, was recaptured following an intense firefight between Mexican Marines and Chapo’s goons in Sinaloa, Mexico, last Friday. Although Mexican officials claimed that the entire operation to recapture El Chapo after he escaped from prison for the second time was planned and executed by Mexico, multiple sources report to SOFREP that American law enforcement officers and JSOC operators were involved in the mission.

The operation, dubbed “Black Swan” by the Mexican government, was actually targeting Chapo’s lead sicario (assassin) but came across the cartel leader by chance. The Mexican Marines stormed the house, and in the ensuing firefight five cartel gunmen were killed and six were injured. One Marine was also injured. During the firefight, Chapo escaped through a series of tunnels and then tried to flee in a stolen vehicle. 

Federal agents caught sight of him and arrested him on the spot. According to one account, the arresting agents had not even been aware of the larger mission being carried out in the area by Mexican Marines. Arresting Chapo was simply a chance encounter, a stroke of good luck.
Drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is escorted to a helicopter at Mexico City’s airport on 1.8.16following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State, Mexico.  (Omar Torres/AFP)
Rumors of American special operations personnel roaming around the badlands of Mexico have been floating around for well over a decade at this point, but the idea of bearded, ball cap- and Oakley-wearing American soldiers south of the border has been more fiction than fact. JSOC maintained a small analysis cell in Mexico, but the Mexican government has been extremely wary of an American military presence on the ground. Much of this has to do with fears of neocolonialism, as well as Latin American machismo—insecurity over the fact that Mexico cannot manage its own internal affairs.

While America’s so-called “war on drugs” is perhaps at an all-time low socially and politically, with our focus on the Middle East, the capture of El Chapo is still a tactical win for the United States, even if it only gets us incrementally closer to securing the rule of law in Mexico.

In the lead for the capture were the Mexican Marines, who are the go-to preferred force for counter-drug cartel operations in a country where public officials are often hopelessly corrupt. It is interesting to see how, around 2006 or 2007, the Mexican Marines suddenly became very effective at direct-action (DA) raids. Such raids were responsible for capturing and killing high-value targets (HVTs), causing speculation that the Marines were receiving a little help from their North American neighbors. America has also leveraged its significant signals intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities to help the Mexican authorities track down drug cartel leaders.
In regards to the latest El Chapo capture, SOFREP has been told that it was actually the U.S. Marshals who had an important role in tracking down the drug lord. Also on the ground was the U.S. Army’s elite counterterrorism unit, Delta Force. Operators from Delta served as tactical advisors but did not directly participate in the operation.

This type of arrangement is hardly unprecedented, as Delta also worked in the shadows during the search for, and eventual killing of, Pablo Escabar in Colombia. They’ve also served in advisory capacities during hostage-rescue missions in places as diverse as Sudan and Peru. Delta Force has also remained behind the scenes in the capture of other HVTs, from Manuel Noriega in Panama during the 1989 invasion, to the killing of Uday and Qusay Hussein in Iraq in 2003. Also worth noting is the unit’s role in tracking down and arresting Bosnian war criminals in the 1990s.

Although Delta had some level of involvement in the operation, their presence is probably less interesting than many would assume.  Law enforcement agencies often request the presence of Delta operators as advisors to sensitive operations.  These operators are often there putting in face time to appease the request of a federal agency, but may have little if any actual participation in the planning and execution of events.  Such was the case when Delta was asked to consult on the Waco stand-off between the ATF, FBI, and the Branch Davidians in 1993.  Law enforcement agencies are said to regard the presence of a JSOC operator as a sort of lucky talisman.

The good news is that it is now unlikely that Chapo will be escaping from prison a third time as the Mexican government is signaling that he will be extradited to the United States to face prosecution.  When the black Chinook comes for Chapo, we will know that he will finally face the justice that he has long evaded.

Did Delta Force help capture El Chapo? US role yet to be detailed. The secretive history of U.S. manhunts in Latin America



Nearly 24 years ago, the United States deployed a small, secretive force to hunt for a drug kingpin whose merchandise had flooded U.S. markets. Pablo Escobar’s cartel was believed to smuggle in at least 80 percent of the cocaine in the United States, and was responsible for a wave of murders in Colombia that stretched back 15 years.

For more than a year, the U.S. military’s secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) rotated teams into Colombia from the Army’s elite Delta Force and the U.S. Navy’s Special Warfare Developmental Group, commonly known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team 6, according to the book “Relentless Strike,” a lengthy history of JSOC published last year by journalist Sean Naylor. The U.S. Special Operations troops were supposed to be limited to training Colombia’s elite military forces, but found ways to accompany them on missions.

On Dec. 2, 1993, Escobar was finally discovered through phone surveillance, and killed in a raid. Rumors have long persisted that a member of Delta force killed him, but retired Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, a longtime Delta operator, denied that was the case in his 2008 book, “Never Surrender.”
The operation bears consideration as the United States seeks the extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a billionaire drug lord who was captured Friday by Mexican marines in the coastal city of Los Mochis, near Baja California. An expansive article by the actor Sean Penn published by Rolling Stone magazine suggested that El Chapo knew that Mexican authorities and officials with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were closing in, drawing on a secret visit Penn said he had with the kingpin in the mountains of Sinaloa, Mexico.

DEA officials said in a tweet that the capture of El Chapo is “further evidence of our two countries’ resolve to ensure justice is served for families who have been plagued by his ruthless acts.”

“The DEA and Mexico have a strong partnership and we will continue to support Mexico in its efforts to improve security for its citizens,” the agency added. “We will continue to work together to respond to the evolving threats posed by transnational criminal organizations.”


The U.S. government has not detailed how it assisted in the capture of El Chapo. But a report by the online magazine SOFREP suggested that Delta Force operators and U.S. law enforcement officials were involved in the mission. The report, which includes bloody photos said to be taken after a firefight with El Chapo’s forces, said that Delta troops served as tactical advisers but did not participate directly in the mission, citing multiple anonymous sources.

The SOFREP cite is run by former Special Operations troops, and has been known to break some stories. In one example, they identified former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill as the veteran who had anonymously described the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a 2013 article published by Esquire magazine. O’Neill later identified himself in an interview with The Washington Post.

SOFREP’s new report on El Chapo could not not be confirmed on Monday, but involvement of the U.S. military in Latin America has long been a source of intrigue.

In another example, Delta Force, Army Ranger units and other Special Operations forces led the 1989 hunt for Manuel Noriega, the Panamanian leader who also had a long history of shipping cocaine to the United States. Operation Just Cause was approved by President George H.W. Bush in late 1989, and took only a few weeks, with Noriega turning himself over to U.S. troops on Jan. 3, 1990, according to an Army history of the operation.

Noriega was known to wear red underpants. According to the books by both Naylor and Boykin, a pair ended up in a display case at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the home of both SOC and Delta.


41 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh here we go with the rumors. I don't even know why this is news. Either you really know for sure or you don't.

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    1. They were there with pablo escobar, they didn't need to be there with chapo

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    2. J-SOC, All about secrecy, with secret details to fill-a-book, and many other, un-mentionables, dirtier than Manuel Noriega's calzones...
      --i wonder if they were also involved on other secret deals, like Benghazi, supplying Iraqi rebels with IEDs, helping Book Haram take 300 girls hostage, helping Blackwater prolong the iraq and afghanistan wars after they had been won in a timely manner, the training of ISIS...and helping mexico with the Ayotzinapa "communist drug trafficking rebels" of Isidro Burgos Normal Rural...
      --the mind numbing secrecy and prefect execution of all these operations, as well as the raining of military personnel shooting from helicopters from the sky a la Blackwater everywhere in the world, suggest that the US government only carries shameful operations in secret...
      --At this point, NO CLEAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE CARRYING ON WITH SECRET DIRTY OR FALSE WARS AND PASSENGER PLANES BOMBINGS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD...
      --It can't be denied that of the dirty drug money laundering banks in panamá and the secret bank accounts of the biggest depositors, nobody has been prosecuted and not one dollar has ever been arrested...
      --But the J-SOC THANKS YOUR WELL MEANING EFFORTS...
      KISSES KISSES, xxx, small cap kisses xxx...

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    3. 3:40 hope you get well soon.

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  2. If they were acting on a anonymous tip of suspicious activity, and not a specific operation to capture Sapo, why were U.S. operaters there? Anyways, I think it's awesome they were there.

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    1. You sure seem to have unconditional faith in the government of Peña Nieto.

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    2. 8:07 why you think that?

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    3. Not 8:07, but expressing praise for anything paramilitary, military, political or police of the peña nieto's government,
      STINKS TO HIGH HEAVENS...
      That is like working for the other side or for another cartel.
      --releasing the AD, Nestora Salgado, Dr Mireles, or bringing back the 43 would force us all to say "thankiu" very much, el chapo arrest or not does nothing for me personnally, but I could see the political prisoners set free, and some criminal politician hijos de su puta madre get arrested, prosecuted, at least condemned on the press and all MSM, but nooo...

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  3. 4 ATF agents were killed at waco by friendly fire.. Thats just to show you how good they are and how much good delta did for them.

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    1. Delta is probably in the top 3 special operation units in the world. Waco happened in 1993 get over it.

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    2. No proof of friendly fire in Waco 3:10. All the Agents except one were killed inside the main house by David Koresh followers. The lone Agent killed outside of the house was killed on the roof top of the main house where he bleed to death. The shooter shot him from within the house through the roof. I honestly believe you made that shit up to get arise out of us Americans.

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    3. ATF does not equal Delta Force, you moron. ATF is a Federal agency with reasonable, but not special operator-level tactics training. Delta and the Teams are a whole different world of hurt, and you obviously have no idea of the level of destruction they're capable of inflicting, in a very short period of time.

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    4. Chris, weren't ATF advised by Delta operators at that time?

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    5. To add the ATF agents were killed in the initial ATF raid. Unit advisors [2-3] arrived weeks after that.

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  4. So much for sovereignty...

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  5. B.S. quit lying. Those were neither U.S.black ops delta forces or mexicana marina. Those were Russian majestic special forces Spetsnaz sent by tha Almighty Vladimir Putin. Special force motto:No one except us. Get out of here with your americani propaganda.Adios amigotz!

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  6. It's funny how Mexico tries to ALWAYS claim they did all the work n catching the big capos. I thought it was NAVY seals that were present and not the ARMY. Either way Mexico got pressured by U.S. to catch his chief of sicarios but caught chapo there too. Mexico will try to keep Chapo in their prison system because chapo will give them alot of money so hecsn live loke s king but U.S wants that money too. He's going to get extradided even if it takes a while, they want to tax him like el vicentillo. real talk

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    1. Is funny how people believe everything they read

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    2. 5:10 it's funny how people dont believe. Mexico would never catch chapo if it wasn't for U.S., that's how they caught him last time.

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    3. The reality is that no one and I mean no one wants Delta boots on the ground. When they come they come with a revengance. They would have killed hundreds of sicarios looking for Chapo. If they would have been in Mexico in full force Chapo would have been caught in less than month. Delta is simply that good. End of story.

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    4. Real warriors don't care about getting credit when helping fellow warriors. They simply go help. They're there for their brothers not their egos.

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    5. Soldiers of fortune are mercenaries who only care about the good pay, and will fight for whoever pays better.
      The US would have many less soldiers if they were not paid and promised the world and "benefits" for their service...

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  7. Once again the rumors and fiction plays a role on news articles.

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  8. WOW Jack Murphy created a rumor and now people think is true.

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  9. If true, I wonder if USA Delta etc. advised Mexico the location of Cholo under the pretext to really capture Chapito knowing he would be there too.

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    1. It wouldn't surprise me one bit.

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  10. Here we go with this American Propaganda again

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  11. I knew that American special forces where involved. But Chivis knows better than I do.

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  12. Whenever there is a high profile person that needs to be found the CIA or DEA is 99% of the time involved. Why? They have top notch surveilliance. They have been tapping phones, using drone and satellite surveillance since the end of the vietnam war. Their intelligence has only gotten more sophisticated and even if your worth $1 billion or a $1 trillion if the CIA wants to find you to capture or kill you they eventually will. Look at Osama bin laden. Chapo should be glad the CIA didn't kill him as they have given 7 south american leaders that oppose them cancer, they could have easily given el chapo cancer or caused his death in another mysterious way.

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    1. You aee correct. The CIA is known for using holloywood actors as operatives. That is what Sean Penn is a CIA operative. He planted some tracking device on Chapo

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    2. :P yea wonders now we hated on penn for his south american voyages but this is the CIA track record... i wonder about drone footage ive seen said few different versions of how chapo was caught after sewer but id be willing to bet a drone was above

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  13. Sean Penn led them to his capture RIP Sean Penn !

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  14. Operators from Gente Nueva Special Forces were there too!

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    1. But they ran as soon as they saw the Marina. If the Marina wants to find them all they have to do is follow the shit trail. Cause you know they pooped their pants when they saw the Marina coming.

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    2. If the mexican marinas followed the MONEY, they would find the rich billionaire politicians and mexican "businessmen" and the dollars they stole and hide, while the marinas get fed maruchan and their officers sell their Jumex on the street

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  15. Reforma is running this story and a couple of other reputable news outlets

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  16. Fact: no US presence at the time of Mr Guzman apprehension.

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    1. Fact, Deniable Plausibility always plays a role, but the secrecy hides the darkest designs, and the populace, the rabble, the proles and the asalariados can keep their BS and eat it, or both at the same time...

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  17. That explains the head shots.

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  18. Same head shots that killed Lazca.

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