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Terror Attack in Kenya
« on: January 16, 2019, 13:57:11 »
5 tango's down with at least on foreign guest killed. An SAS operator had been in country training Kenya special forces, and he led the way into the fight.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6598189/Hero-SAS-soldier-Navy-Seals-helped-battle-Islamist-terrorists-attacking-Kenyan-hotel.html

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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2019, 22:22:05 »
"Bravo Zulu".

Not to mention "get some".

Tragedy that there were civ casualties - nothing can mitigate that -  but the stacked bad guys do give this story at least a small feel-good element.

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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2019, 23:00:43 »
Who Dares Wins

BZ to the operator!  RIP to those victims killed.

Interesting that the C8 is quite popular amongst numerous SOF.

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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2019, 23:28:56 »
Taking out the trash that breaths the same air we do. Well done to him! 👍
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 23:48:56 »
The C8 has been exported to the UK where it is used by police and SOF.

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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 23:59:12 »
Who Dares Wins

BZ to the operator!  RIP to those victims killed.

Interesting that the C8 is quite popular amongst numerous SOF.

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UK SOF orgs (SAS, SBS, Pathfinders, Mountain Leaders etc) always used the M16 and its many variants. They rejected the SA80 immediately on issue in the 80s and bought the Canadian version of the C7/8.
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2019, 10:26:08 »
Quite an interesting discussion of how the S Is itAS operator came to be at the mall with his kit. Is this normal to be carried about in your SUV ? I suspect that the kit was stored under lock and key.

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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2019, 10:32:00 »
Quite an interesting discussion of how the S Is itAS operator came to be at the mall with his kit. Is this normal to be carried about in your SUV ? I suspect that the kit was stored under lock and key.

In Northern Ireland, we never went anywhere in civvies without the 'go to hell' gear stored close by, and a QRF on the net. I assume that their SOPs are similar.
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2019, 11:15:50 »
Absolutely phenomenal active shooter response. go with what you have on hand, move to the threat, and either stop the threat or force them to goal-reorient away from slaughtering innocents to fighting you. He went in as a one-man wrecking crew knowing that more help was coming but that he had to take action immediately.

Interestingly, CBC is now reporting that a Canadian national in Kenya is being held as a suspected accomplice.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/canadian-among-suspects-nairobi-attack-1.4983555
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2019, 11:31:22 »
Absolutely phenomenal active shooter response. go with what you have on hand, move to the threat, and either stop the threat or force them to goal-reorient away from slaughtering innocents to fighting you. He went in as a one-man wrecking crew knowing that more help was coming but that he had to take action immediately.

Interestingly, CBC is now reporting that a Canadian national in Kenya is being held as a suspected accomplice.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/canadian-among-suspects-nairobi-attack-1.4983555

And don't discount the value of 'blood lust' ;)
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2019, 15:04:51 »
Interesting that an armed civilian also responded;

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019/01/16/inayat-kassam-civilian-gun-holder-who-rescued-victims-at-westgate_c1878615

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Inayat Kassam: Civilian gun holder who rescued victims at Westgate swings to action in Dusit attack
Jan. 16, 2019, 9:00 am
By GORDON OUKO @gordon_osen

Gun in hand and no bullet-proof jacket, Inayat Kassam braved gunshots and blasts at 14 Riverside Drive that was attacked on Tuesday.

But this was not his first time facing terrorists head on.

Kassam participated in evacuating hostages at Westage Mall when it was attacked in 2013.

Speaking to Citizen TV last year during the fifth memorial of Westage attack, Kassam said his instincts drive him to respond to difficult situations.

Asked whether he ever thinks about his life and safety as he get to the risky scenes, an emotional Kassam said "yes I do, but the drive to rescue more lives is more".

On Tuesday, Kassam was among the first responders at Riverside helping save hundreds of victims.

He is licensed gunholder, a firearms instructor, training people on how to hand rifles, especially for close-range shooting.

Kassam runs self-defence classes for individuals, security firms and corporate entities.

He is the only licensed rifle handling trainer in Africa outside South Africa.

As sounds of heavy blasts and gun fires at the Dusit hotel complex surged yesterday, Kassam could be seen charging into the building and coming out holding people rescued on one hand rushing them to safety and the other hand clenching a gun.

His shirt had some blood stains, from among the casualties he had been holding to rescue.

Terrorists stormed the complex near Chiromo campus of University of Nairobi, detonating heavy explosives and spraying bullets indiscriminately.

Al Qaeda offshoot Al Shabaab terror group claimed responsibility for the attack hours later.

Unlike the Westgate hostage situation which lasted more than four days, the response to yesterday's incident was more coordinated.
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2019, 15:09:52 »
He must have listened into the police band.

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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2019, 16:29:17 »
Interesting write-up from the The WarZone:

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Mystery Pirate Patch-Wearing Special Operator Jumped In To Help Kenyans During Hotel Attack

Images of the individual show them with weapons, gear, and other items associated with American or British special operations forces.

By Joseph Trevithick and Tyler Rogoway January 15, 2019

Kenyan authorities say they have the situation in the country's capital Nairobi "under control" after terrorists attacked an upscale hotel and business complex earlier today. As the chaotic situation evolved, television news footage and pictures spotted what appeared to be at least one western special operator working together with the throngs of local security forces who responded to the incident, which left more than 10 people dead, including one British and one American civilian, and more injured.

The attack began at around 3:00 PM local time when a suicide bomber detonated themselves in the foyer of the Dusit D2 Hotel, while a second explosion rocked the parking lot outside. At least four gunmen then began shooting civilians and security forces in the hotel and attached buildings, which include a bank and are frequented by foreigners. More than twelve hours later there were still reports of fighting in the city, despite the statements from the Kenyan government.

Al Shabaab, a Somali terrorist group with ties to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. Kenya is a major contributor to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which is actively supporting that country's government in its campaign to defeat Al Shabaab and other militants.

Jan. 15, 2019 is the three year anniversary of Al Shabaab's spectacular attack on Kenyan forces in Somalia in the town of El Adde. It remains the deadliest attack on AMISOM forces since that mission began in 2007 and Kenya's worst military defeat ever. As such, Kenya's government continues to conceal the full extent of the debacle, which left between 140 and 185 of its soldiers dead and the camp and its weapons and equipment in terrorist hands.
 
In September 2013, Al Shabaab fighters launched an earlier complex attack on the Westgate Mall complex, another high-end location in Nairobi, killing more than 70 people and wounding dozens more. The Somali group ultimately claimed responsibility for a string of attacks stretching from 2011 to 2014.

When plainclothes Kenyan police and uniformed security forces elements responded to the latest attack at the Dusit D2 complex, they found themselves in a firefight with the attackers. In addition, members of the press on the scene spotted an individual in plainclothes wearing a balaclava and carrying weapons and other equipment more closely associated with western special operations forces. This included a camouflage-painted AR-15/M16 rifle, or derivative thereof, with a suppressor and other accessories, a drop holster with a Glock pistol, and a Crye Precision Adaptive Vest System and other attached tactical gear.

    UKSF deployed today in Nairobi, Kenia. pic.twitter.com/XUBPs5a0mn
    — TP 🤟🏻 (@tacticalporn) January 15, 2019

The video and pictures show him working directly with Kenyan security forces, darting back and forth to usher civilians to safety. One picture shows him dramatically carrying a wounded individual with the aid of another person who is either a plainclothes police officer or just an innocent bystander. What's so interesting is that there is no sign that this individual was part of a larger, similarly equipped team and appears to be acting by himself in conjunction with Kenyan forces.

He was not wearing any apparent national or distinctive unit insignia, but the individual did have a very specific patch on the back of his gear emblazoned with a flag motif associated with the infamous pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach and his most famous ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. The design features a horned skeleton toasting the devil and spearing a heart, with three drops of blood falling from it. This patch has become closely associated with the U.S. Navy SEALs in recent years as some of the teams seemed to have adopted it and Blackbeard's lore to some degree.

    Navy SEAL team 3 member at the Nairobi hotel attack pic.twitter.com/tAMDC8ZHvT
    — Lost Weapons (@LostWeapons) January 15, 2019

Skulls and crossbones, skeletons, the devil, hourglasses, and the just the color black were all common on pirate flags during the 17th and 18th centuries. They were meant to evoke various themes including death, mortality, and the fleeting nature of life itself for both pirates and their victims – Blackbeard was between 35 and 40 years old when he died – according to the Queen Anne's Revenge Project, part of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The various symbols also reflected merciless violence and fearlessness in the face of death. Red colored symbols, symbolizing blood, had similar connotations and close handed grips on spears and other weapons were also meant to signal that pirates would give no quarter to their opponents.

All that being said, the flag's connection to Blackbeard appears to be entirely fabricated, with the only contemporary reference to the pirate's own banner describing the more common skull and crossbones motif and "bloody flags" with unspecified red symbols. It is very possible that Blackbeard used more than one type of flag, but the first known instance of the toasting skeleton appears in a 1912 article, which also doesn't draw a connection to him directly.

The first known depiction of the flag in question from a 1912 article in Mariner’s Mirror.

Still, pirate symbology has long been a staple of military units around the globe. You can read a great example of this in this past feature of ours. Navy SEALs, in particular, have adopted all types of classical and pop culture imagery over the years, including pirate flags and skull symbology. Probably most famous is celebrated sniper Chris Kyle's SEAL unit adopting the insignia of the Marvel anti-hero The Punisher during their tours in Iraq.

Of course, the Blackbeard flag patches are also widely available online and do not necessarily point to one unit or another specifically. It's also quite common for units to adopt symbology from other units they work with, which can lead to international controversy, and exchange morale patches. Once again, maybe the best example of this is the SEAL's use of the Punisher logo, which has since become a staple of Iraqi forces and other military and police units around the globe. So, even though the Blackbeard patch has been widely associated with the Navy SEALs in recent years, it doesn't mean this lone mystery operator is a SEAL himself.

The United States has a major military presence in Kenya, including conventional and special operations forces, who support various training and advisory missions, as well as supporting Kenyan forces on counter-terrorism missions. However, a Pentagon spokesperson told The War Zone by phone that U.S. Africa Command has only been monitoring the situation in Kenya and would only respond directly after a request from the U.S. State Department.

"We are working with the Kenyan authorities to determine if there are any U.S. citizens affected," a State Department spokesperson said in a subsequent Email. "The U.S. Embassy has actively offered assistance to local authorities," but they could not say whether or not the Kenyan government had accepted that assistance.

It is possible that this individual part of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service or is in Kenya with an "other government agency," such as security contractor working for the Central Intelligence Agency. The masked operator was not the only interesting player at the scene. An unmasked foreign security person wearing a vest bearing the word "agent," had a badge with an eagle motif common to many U.S. law enforcement agencies and American private security companies.
AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Another foreign security forces member during the Nairobi attack, who appears to be a member of U.S. law enforcement agency or a security contractor.

But based on what was visible of his loadout, other observers have suggested he is much more likely to be a member of the United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF), which includes the 22 Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS). He could also be from another British unit, as the British Armed Forces also have a significant conventional and special operations presence in Kenya, including the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK).

His rifle appears to be similar, if not identical to the L119A2, a British version of the Colt Canada C8 Special Forces Weapon (SFW). The weapon's Aimpoint T2 is reportedly another common piece of U.K. special operations kit. Since 2013, Glock 17s have been the standard sidearms in the British Army Forces, where they are known as the L131A1.

    @AbraxasSpa with his young eyes 😁 spotted this first- looks like our friend is carrying a Colt Canada L119A2 with Aimpoint T2 which points to UKSF. Also looks like Crye groin protection system. https://t.co/yPaW747DvF
    — Leigh Neville (@LeighJNeville) January 15, 2019

Whatever the case, it is not uncommon to see foreign special operations forces and other military personnel, especially from western nations, working with local security forces during terrorist attacks that may involve nationals from those countries. Notably, in January 2016, U.S. and French special operations forces – including at least one American with their kit worn over jeans and a t-shirt – worked with their hosts in Burkina Faso to respond to a terrorist attack on a restaurant and a luxury hotel, both of which foreigners frequented, in that country's capital Ouagadougou.

Whoever this individual in Nairobi was and what country and unit he belongs to specifically, he clearly wasted no time in rushing to the aid of Kenyan forces. We will be sure to let you know if we find out anything more him.

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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2019, 18:57:52 »
Interesting write-up from the The WarZone:

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I thought he was already known as an off-duty SAS member who was in Kenya to teach their SF?
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2019, 19:02:30 »
Well done, that man! Yay for Toxic Masculinity®!
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2019, 19:42:51 »
I thought he was already known as an off-duty SAS member who was in Kenya to teach their SF?

No one in the SOF network will verify that, so it's mainly speculation based on the weapons he was carrying.
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2019, 21:33:39 »
No one in the SOF network will verify that, so it's mainly speculation based on the weapons he was carrying.


Rumour has it that there is a "rogue's gallery" in Sterling Barracks made up of wildly inflated press stories of SAS exploits.

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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2019, 01:32:42 »

Rumour has it that there is a "rogue's gallery" in Sterling Barracks made up of wildly inflated press stories of SAS exploits.

... but no boathouse
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2019, 01:53:43 »
You cant go wrong running toward the sound of the guns and the Kenyan's were right behind him.

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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2019, 09:42:02 »
You cant go wrong running toward the sound of the guns and the Kenyan's were right behind him.

For an active shooter(s) who are just racking up a body count that's exactly the drill. Move to the threat, confront them, let them know good guys are coming to stop them. You want to re-orient them as quickly as possible away form killing innocents. It works because they're usually inept and untrained. Obviously a single rearguard with basic tactical ability could hold off responders for potentially quite a while, but that just isn't generally seen. This guy basically demonstrated the same tactics that police are trained in, though obviously with an SAS level of proficiency.

Some agencies are still not OK with single officer entry/response... Mine does teach it and I'm in favour of it. More is better obviously, but the sooner contact can be made the better, and help will catch up soon.
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2019, 03:08:17 »
There are reports that the  operator  was an SAS reservist and may receive the George Medal.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/17/sas-hero-nairobi-terror-attack-line-receive-george-cross/


The SAS soldier who saved “dozens of lives” in the Nairobi hotel massacre is in line to receive the George Cross for his “remarkable bravery”.
The trooper was off-duty when he dashed to the scene of intense fighting after Islamist terrorists laid siege to the DusitD2 five-star hotel.

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Re: Terror Attack in Kenya
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2019, 11:03:53 »
There are reports that the  operator  was an SAS reservist and may receive the George Medal.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/17/sas-hero-nairobi-terror-attack-line-receive-george-cross/


The SAS soldier who saved “dozens of lives” in the Nairobi hotel massacre is in line to receive the George Cross for his “remarkable bravery”.
The trooper was off-duty when he dashed to the scene of intense fighting after Islamist terrorists laid siege to the DusitD2 five-star hotel.

Typical... if he was a Regular, they'd be putting him in for a VC ;)
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