first published on March 4, 2016 by Will
Just hours after Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that Delta Force (Combat Applications Group) will begin conducting raids to kill and capture high value Islamic State targets in Iraq, the elite group snatched a top ISIS commander who is now being exploited for follow-on actionable intelligence.
The “Expeditionary Targeting Force” is the handle that has been bestowed upon the Delta Force unit, which would normally be working in the shadows, free from any publicity of this type. However, their notoriety as the most lethal fighting force on the planet is a weapon of its own, and is being used here to demonstrate to the ISIS terror group that they will be hunted down, anywhere and anytime.
The details of the raid, including who was captured, what role he plays in the terror group, and where he was captured, remain a mystery for operational security reasons. However, the ISIS captive is being held in Kurdistan for his interrogation, and it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to assume that the insurgent was captured in or around Mosul, as the operation to retake the encircled city is beginning to take shape.