The most lethal counter-terrorism “unit” of all time!
Delta Force, SEAL’s, SAS, SBS and Rangers together in one unit!
Hunting, killing, capturing some of the worst terrorists around the world!
Highly trained, classified, secretly operating in the shadows of our modern battlefields!
Learn their tactics and their ‘Modus Operandi’ here!
Task Force 145: The most successful anti-terrorism unit of our times!
Task Force 145 has rewritten the way Special Operations are conducted in an age of global terrorism.
An amalgamation of the best warriors and analysts in the world go after and neutralise their targets.
Gone are the days of pure focus on careful planning – the new way is to act quickly upon the latest information to prevent the enemy regrouping – with great success.
“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – George S. Patton
In the Shadows… © US Department of Defense
Some background: What is Task Force 145?
Task Force 145 was not always called that and the unit did not always have the same structure.
The only part that stayed the same seems to be the fact that this unit always stayed under command of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
The “unit” changed designation faster and more often than Madonna changed her boy toys.
By the time I am writing this the designation may have changed again or may with all probability change soon again.
This group of well-trained Delta Force, SEAL’s, SAS, SBS and Rangers are together responsible for finding targets such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden among others and are responsible for arresting thousands of terrorists and killing just as many.
In fact, in an article in The Telegraph on 30 August 2008, British Correspondent, Sean Rayment claims that a senior British Officer told him that the force together with the SAS were responsible for lowering bombings in Baghdad from 150 per month to just two per month.
How to catch a terrorist… the TF-145 way
Task Force 145 is highly secretive for obvious reasons, so being able to gain first-hand information about their tactics is more difficult than getting the Dalai Lama to attend a frat party.
The only way to get behind how they conduct their operations is to sift through a lot of available declassified information and to make deductions.
Keep in mind that a lot of information out there is faulty and/or false and there are also a lot of posers, who claim to have first-hand information, but do not.
TF 145’s work relies heavily on the elements of speed and surprise.
On one raid for Al-Zarqawi it was reported that the operators entered a house in which he had been hiding to find eggs still boiling on the stove.
The target had left moments earlier.
They had somehow lost the element of surprise on that occasion.
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Networks of informants, spies and satellites
Furthermore, TF 145’s raids are initiated by a well-oiled intelligence machine, which has also become much more coordinated.
Using a network of mainly informants and spies as well as satellite intelligence, electronic intelligence, video intelligence and so on.
The analysed information is relayed very speedily to the strike teams.
145’s Raids are often planned in very quick time, relying on their experience, expertise, training and especially flexibility to get the job done.
Gone are the days of elaborate rehearsals and training in actual mock-ups of the target venues – unless it is possible for a specific operation.
It must be remembered that rehearsing still does remain a very crucial part of any military operation, so it should never be neglected if possible.
Speed and Violence! Shock and Surprise!
Robert O’ Neill, the SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden in an interview with Sean Hannity stated that they are trained to make plans in thirty minutes, even though with the raid on Bin Laden’s compound they did rehearse on a mock-up.
In actual fact those who serve under TF 145 have a great deal of resources at their disposal since JSOC has a lot of clout, therefore there is no mission too big for them and quick follow-ups from one operation right into the next operation is possible due to the backup they have and the resources at their disposal.
Typically TF 145 operatives would find themselves going into a compound looking for whatever target they were tracking just to find information which lead them to another target.
The team on the ground would either relay the information to another team or follow-up on it themselves.
Speed is of the essence since the enemy informants and spies are also about and active.
It is critical that whichever team reaches the next objective as quickly as possible.
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Reaching the next target as fast as possible
Getting the go-ahead for a follow-up mission by a team is also much easier for those in TF 145 since the channels to the higher command and even POTUS are much shorter.
TF 145 operatives use their training to reach the next objective or target as speedily as possible using whichever method of insertion is best.
Then once the target is reached it is breached with as much speed and violence as the situation allows to catch the enemy off guard and to keep them off balance.
The surprise and shock goes a long way in ensuring the operatives have the initiative for as long as possible, even in a compound which they do not know.
Theoretically at the follow-up objective they find more relevant information and a third objective reveals itself.
The operatives now have an opportunity since they have probably reached a point where they have access to the information much sooner than the enemy could have anticipated and therefore the enemy will not be ready for an immediate follow-up.
Momentum must be maintained.
Rapidly developing operational situations
It is critical to roll-up, prepare and go on the next target run as soon as possible.
The more they can keep the cycle of information versus action going the closer they will come to even better information and the possibility of information rich individuals to arrest and interrogate.
What the operatives are doing is keeping the momentum going for as long as possible.
A number of targets may present themselves within a couple of days or even in a 24-hour period.
The operatives and their support units have to be able to keep going with little sleep until the vein of intelligence has been depleted so to speak.
Fortunately they are highly motivated and fit so this type of rapidly developing operational situation is what they signed up for.
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Interrogation tactics in counter-terrorism
While the operatives are active in the field the terrorists they arrested have to be interrogated and information extracted from them.
Contrary to popular belief this does not involve violence, but rather new interrogation techniques reliant on cultural respect, compassion and cunning.
In an interview with Mimi Geerges on Youtube a man calling himself Matthew Alexander (pseudonym) who authored a book entitled ‘How to break a Terrorist’ claimed that during numerous interrogations he conducted in Afghanistan and Iraq with a team he trained he came to the conclusion that most Al Qaeda members were mostly not fundamentalists, but rather people looking for a way to protect themselves and their families from fundamentalists.
If you are in Al Qaeda Sunnis will leave your family alone, theoretically.
Alexander said that in all the interrogations he handled he only once came upon a true fundamentalist.
Therefore most Al Qaeda members would willingly give up information if the interrogator was willing to “apologise” for “atrocities” the USA had committed and ask them to work for own forces instead.
Money also goes a long way towards getting information from Al Qaeda members and even fresh informants.
Gaining information is really not an issue if you start working with the local population.
© US Department of Defense
Conclusion: Task Force 145 counter-terror tactics
The war on terror is an information war.
Whoever controls the information and protects their information has the advantage.
The US and British use a system of compartmentalisation to protect information, where only those who need to know know only what they need to know.
TF 145 and all those supporting them have a massive advantage in a world where safety is a rare commodity.
Add to that their incredible amounts of experience, excellent training and superior weapons and equipment together with the momentum tactics they now utilise and you have a recipe for success.
The enemy will adapt as they always do and to that TF 145 and related units have to stay connected tactically and strategically as well or lose the war.
If current operations are anything to go by this should not be a problem to them. The future of anti-terrorism is changing significantly and TF 145 are playing a large role in this pioneering effort.
– Article by Maj W.G. Klokow
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