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November 10, 2008

Terrorist Kidnappers In Afghanistan Killed By Altitude Sickness And Exquisitely Aimed Rounds Fired By Navy SEALs But Mostly By Exquisitely Aimed Rounds Fired By Navy SEALs

Kidnapping an American engineer working in Afghanistan probably seemed like a good idea at the time to a bunch of terrorists. Then the SEALs showed up to get him back.

“He had captors who thought we wouldn’t be able to deal with that terrain,” the special operations officer said.

That, the officer added, was a mistake. Seven years of experience in Afghanistan have enabled U.S. special operators to adapt to the unforgiving landscape.

“The terrain is really not a challenge any more,” he said. “It slows you down, but it slows them down, too.”

Nevertheless, the kidnappers apparently felt secure enough in their mountain lair to stay put for an extended period, rather than move their captive every day or two.

...“I don’t know what I said in English, but whatever I said I said it rather loudly evidently, because they said ‘Quiet!’ ”

The hostage’s aim was to quickly let the operators know who he was, but he understood their unease at the level of volume. “Sound carries so far, and they’d worked so hard to come down quietly across the mountain, and here I am shouting,” he said.

Nevertheless, “They knew who was who,” the engineer said. the SEALs quickly demonstrated that, aiming their silencer-equipped weapons to shoot and kill the kidnapper in the room before he could fire a round. The engineer said he heard the sounds of the operators shooting and killing a guard posted outside.

The SEALs turned to the now former hostage and told him they were there to take him back.

“I was in favor of that, 100 percent,” he said. “I was very surprised, very amazed and very happy.”

Cost of training a team of SEALs: Millions of dollars

Ammunition for their weapons: Thousands of dollars

Saving an American citizen and killing the bad guys? Priceless

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