US Special Operations Forces - Afghanistan

This article looks at the activities of various US Special Operations Forces (SOF) during the campaign to oust the Taliban from control in Afghanistan and to pursue Al Qaeda from its hiding places, September 2001 - March 2002


The first American Special Operations unit to enter Afghanistan was not military but civilian. Just 15 days after the September 11th attacks, a team, code named 'Jawbreaker',made up of CIA Special Activities Division (SAD) and Counter Terrorism Center (CTC) personnel inserted into the Panjshir Valley, north of Kabul. Jawbreaker preceded to link up with Northern Alliance commanders and prepare the way for the introduction of Army Special Forces into the region.
the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan (google earth kmz file)

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Task Force Dagger

One of the several Joint Special Operations Task Forces established for OEF was Joint Special Operations Task Force North, also known as Task Force Dagger.

more info : Task Force Dagger operations during OEF

Special Operations Aviation - The Air War

Both Air Force and Army Special Operatons aviation units played a vital role in OEF.

more info : special operations aviation during OEF

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