By Leo Kessler
The Fuhrer's orders have been clear—conquer Mount Elbrus, maximum top within the Caucasus mountains. yet there have been difficulties: Elbrus was once at the back of the Russian strains; the path to the mountain used to be blocked by means of antagonistic Cossack tribesmen; and the fanatical pink Ravens, Stalin's elite corps of ladies commandos, have been devoted to defend the mountain's secrets and techniques. in particular, the mountain itself, aloof and undefiled, used to be safe by means of sour chilly, savage winds, skinny air, and treacherous traverses—it used to be a killer. just one unit within the German military may well wish to fulfil the Fuhrer's demand—one unit with the required blend of bawdy, reckless braveness and elan, of excellent management and matchless abilities: Stormtroop Edelweiss
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In the end, the clever Karzai managed to keep the wheeler-dealer Shirzai out of the race and then left him in his post at nangahar. From his first tours in 2002 and 2003, Reeder and his men had been heavily engaged in targeting taliban. Although the senior taliban and Al Qaeda leaders had left for Pakistan, a lot of local taliban remained. By his own admission, Reeder had not spent a lot of time thinking about how to stand up a good Afghan government or security force. Like Mahaney’s battalion later on, Reeder’s one battalion of special forces teams was spread out across the three provinces, with virtually no conventional forces in the south—and one reserve brigade was divided between Kandahar Airfield and Bagram.
First, a fourstep process was fashioned that teams were directed to follow: shape, build, hold, transition. An SOF team was first to tour an area to gauge whether there was potential support for such a program. the “shaping” phase would usually entail some combat operations to reduce the insurgent presence and to create breathing room for villagers to begin to take charge of their affairs, but the combat was to be carried out by other forces—commandos or Afghan soldiers, or, if none of these were available, another coalition force.
Although he was known to Delta, as well as to Rangers and SeAL team Six, for the first time he would be leading a force that included other SeAL, special forces, civil affairs, and psyop units. he was acutely aware that some in the special forces hierarchy viewed him 24 one hundred victories as an interloper from the “black side” of special ops and were discouraging those who wanted to join his team. Miller recognized that special forces were trained to work with indigenous populations and had spent the past decade in Afghanistan, and he augmented their expertise with social scientists and created a program called AfghanistanPakistan (AFPAK) hands to produce a deeper bench of knowledge.