American hostage rescued in West Africa by SEAL Team 6 in daring raid

| October 31, 2020 | 40 Comments

Some good news out of Africa. Both KoB and Jeff LPH 3 sent this in.

An American hostage has been rescued in Nigeria by SEAL Team 6 in a daring raid, Fox News has learned.

Without suffering any casualties, the elite commandos rescued Philip Walton, 27, who had been taken hostage by armed men last week, officials told Fox News.

“We had to get him before any potential trade or sale,” one U.S. official said.

President Donald Trump tweeted out a show of support, calling the operation a “big win” for the elite force, and promised further details.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told “Fox & Friends” that the decision to pull the trigger on the operation was “tough,” but that ultimately the pesident prioritizes the safety of American citizens.

“They’re very tough ones to make because … it has to be conducted just perfectly,” McEnany said.

She added: “A lot of keeping things quiet until that moment when you get the go-ahead, and I was talking to some of our soldiers and they said to me, ‘We pray to get the green light.'”

Walton was kidnapped in Niger, where he lives. The rescue took place in northern Nigeria, which neighbors Niger, early Saturday, officials said.

The SEALs rescued Walton after killing a number of his captors. SEAL Team 6 was chosen for the operation because they are responsible for West Africa, Fox News has learned.

“U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men,” Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

“No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation,” Hoffman added. “We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the government made good on its pledge to safely return all American citizens taken captive.

“We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a U.S. citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our military, the support of our intelligence professionals, and our diplomatic efforts, the hostage will be reunited with his family. We will never abandon any American taken hostage,” he said.

Source; Fox News

Category: Bravo Zulu

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    “Trick or treat, mf’er. Can you say it?” Heh, not anymore.

    Nicely done, gentlemen.

  2. Sapper3307 says:

    How many book deals from this one?

    • Devtun says:

      Maybe these guys got the message all proceeds from unauthorized book/movie/TV/video game deals will be confiscated, possibly face prosecution, and they will be PNG’d – Team Member not in good standing.

  3. JustALurkinAround says:

    “How can I pretend to have been part of this operation with so few details? Guess I’ll have to make them up myself…”

    – Every 43 year old male in south Florida

    • MarineDad61 says:

      JustALurkinAround,
      a good prediction.
      Unfortunately.

    • E4 Mafia '83-'87 says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I need to hit the local flea market to make sure I have the latest bling for my costume. Without many details being reported, I can make them tie into my last ‘Sniper Ghost Warrior: Contracts’ mission. Sweet!!! Time to dress up and take bathroom selfies and post them on FB & IG cuz nothing says secret mission like posting on social media.

  4. 26Limabeans says:

    I wonder if he voted yet.

  5. Cacti35 says:

    I saw this and also re-watched the story of the rescue the SEALS did in 2014 from Somalia. Bravo Zulu!

  6. Green Thumb says:

    Sends a message.

  7. CCO says:

    Nice to see my tax dollars at work. 😉
    Good job!

  8. 5th/77th FA says:

    And THAT, JEF and Hitlerybitchbeast, is how a REAL POTUS protects American Lives.

    BZ Gentlemen, Job Well Done!

  9. George V says:

    Kudos to the SEALs – an op pulled off in a short time frame, sucessfully, and without casualties. Well, no casualties except for the kidnappers/terrorists/whatever-you-call-them.

    That is the way to handle these situations if possible. Strike quickly, strike hard.

  10. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Golden Kudos and BZ to USN SEAL Team Six, well done!! I read elsewhere that ALL of his captors got greased which if true, sends another good message to anyone else wanting to screw with American Citizens!

    • Fyrfighter says:

      Now come on man, this was just and attack on poor brown and black people, instigated by a racist president. They were just trying to turn their lives around the best way they knew how…I bet they even went to mosque, errr ummmm, church on Sunday too, and they loved their mommas…
      Defund the seals!

      I’m hoping this doesn’t need a /sarc tag..

      • OWB says:

        But were they wearing masks and maintaining social distancing?

        Well done, gentlemen. Swift and sure. Yeah.

        Winning, winning, winning.

        • penguinman000 says:

          The firearms are to ensure adequate social distancing. Maintaining proper social distancing during CQB is a core component of selection.

          Instructor: What the hell is wrong with you? You didn’t provide a kill shot, only wounded the bad guy and he breathed COVID into your face with his dying breath! Now you’re going to transmit it to the hostage you rescued and the rest of your team. THAT’S A NO-GO AT THIS STATION!!!

          • 11B-Mailclerk says:

            Kill every last one of the hostage holders, takers, and support staff. Extinction-level event on all players. Leave one peripheral player alive to tell the story.

            That would tend to end this hostage/ransom bullshit.

    • CCO says:

      Oops; my bad—fumble thumbed the report button; please disregard. 🤗

    • ChipNASA says:

      AH HA!!
      One tiny error, I read on ABC (OK whatever you fucks) that they left one alive, the proper MO, so there’s one left to tell the tale…qw q deterrent to others.

  11. BruteLarson says:

    I can only imagine what it would be like to have a team of such badasses sent to fetch my sorry ass at orders of POTUS.

    I don’t cry. EVER! Faulty wiring. I get angry. I might look the other way for a spell, or start having itchy eyes with that.

    Well done SEALS! Well done Mr. President!

    How in the hell can you hate this country?

  12. Sparks says:

    Well done to all involved. Damned well done indeed!

  13. 5JC says:

    Fake news, didn’t happen. It wasn’t on MSNBC, CNN, Reuters, ABC News etc. Clearly didn’t happen.

  14. Penguinman000 says:

    BZ.

    Now, when can we get back to letting our pipe hitters do very bad things to bad guys in quiet anonymity? Despite all the jokes about shaved legs/frosted hair/publicist I could make, most of those guys would prefer if no one ever knew they existed.

    Not knowing what goes bump in the night is what scares the bad guys.

  15. Mike B USAF Retired says:

    I read all but one bad guy was killed.

    This is the way Special Operations use to work. Short notice, in and out quick, right after something happens. Not this oh let us send you in months or years after the incident.

    The Intel is fresh, the captive hasn’t been passed around to another group etc etc.

    Big win for the SEALS, back to doing what they do best. Putting all the BS of the last few years behind them.

    Got to help out the SEALs with some survival equipment, right after 9-11 on my first GWOT deployment. Still have the Challenge Coin I got from one of the CPOs. He had transferred over from Team 3 to Team 6 just before or just after 9-11. So the coin is from Team 3, but I don’t care, still remember his name, and it’s a SEAL coin, that’s all that matters.

    He came to me asking if I could help them out and loan them some survival vests. Said sure how many you want, and with that I made some new friends.

  16. USMC STEVE says:

    Sure is a change from the Obama years, when sailors got kidnapped by Iranians and held for some time before being bought back, or that Marine Sergeant that got jammed up at the border, and tossed in a Mexican jail and left to die, etc, etc, etc. That administration sure moved heaven and earth to get a traitor back though.

  17. JTB says:

    DEVGRU is the best of the best…Good work…!!!

  18. OldManchu says:

    Can you imagine the glee and exploitation of the democrats and Biden campaign if things went south and the rescue failed? They would shamelessly use it against Trump in the final days of his forthcoming election victory.

    Oh well too bad…. DEVGRU kicks ass! I hope some of the operatives were the same ones who sniped the skinnies to save captain Phillips. And I hope some of the dead were related to those bastards.

  19. Bubblehead Ray says:

    Two things:
    First and foremost, BRAVO ZULU. I love happy endings.

    Second, for Pete’s sake… SEALs are SAILORS NOT SOLDIERS. Geez 🙄

  20. NEC338x says:

    And a prodigious amount of JP-5 & 8 burned. A big thanks to the supporting cast of sailors, soldiers, aviators & airmen that made this possible.

    The aerial operation consisted of multiple special operations command and aerial refueling aircraft which were all forward deployed to NAS Rota, Spain for the operation. These included four MC-130Js callsigns PINCH41-44, four CV-22s callsigns JOLT31-34, one AC-130J callsign RCH1009, one P-8A callsign MN801, and six KC-135Rs callsigns QID636/638-642. All of the aircraft flew south over Africa down to a task area near Niger or Nigeria.

  21. Anonymous says:

    With Democrats, there’d been too many important climate change initiatives to risk this.

  22. Fjardeson says:

    BZ DEVGRU! Mission Accomplished.

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