On September 11, 2012, diplomatic mission in Benghazi come under attack, US Ambassador to Lybia John Christopher Stevens and three other American citizens died while several were wounded. One of the Americans killed in the line of duty was the former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty. A security and surveillance contractor working for the CIA, and it was supposed to be his last assignment. He worked for the CIA’s Global Response staff in Libya on Sept. 11 last year when the call for help came. He was in Tripoli while the call for help came from the diplomatic mission in Benghazi — a “consulate” in name only.
“Greg, Greg, we are under attack,” were the last words from Ambassador John Christopher Stevens to his deputy Greg Hicks over the phone from Benghazi office shortly after the attack began around 9:30 p.m.
“If you don’t get here we are going to die,” the radio operator at the tactical operations center in Benghazi pronounced on the radio from the improvised consulate.
Glen Doherty was part of the quick reaction force consisting of eight U.S. military or former military that left Tripoli in the rush to help rescue the Stevens and his colleagues at the consulate. His task was the same as the task of the 21 CIA personnel at the CIA annex one mile from where Ambassador Chris Stevens’ and the others came under attack.
The quick reaction force sent to Benghazi left Tripoli at about midnight local time, after chartering a local plane for the rescue. There were no U.S. air assets in Tripoli, and the team had to go on their own. Doherty and the rest of the team sent to help arrived at the CIA annex at 5:15 a.m. after being delayed for several hours at the Benghazi airport by the Libyan security forces. The CIA annex, a fortress-like compound with several buildings, is where the American citizens in Benghazi had retreated and the body of State Department official Sean Smith had been brought after the initial attack. At the time, Chris Stevens was still missing.
Immediately upon arrival, Glen Doherty joined Tyrone Woods, another highly trained former Navy SEAL, on the roof of one of the buildings at the CIA annex. Within minutes, mortars were fired on their position leaving both, Doherty and Woods killed.
In the video broadcasted by Fox News, Glen Doherty was shown in the compilation video made by his friends from the outtakes of an NBC series that he worked on in 2009. The series, The Wanted, was a reality show that involved looking for war criminals around the world.
Glen Doherty provided security and surveillance for the show’s production team as it chased in one case a well-known financier of the 9/11 attacks through the streets of Hamburg. He talks about the car chases and how he managed to stay awake on stake-outs and discusses his impressions of his friends Adam, Roger, and Scott, whom he protected on those shoots. The video compilation is being shown with the permission of Doherty’s mother, Barbara, to provide insight into who Glen Doherty was and why the nation should honor his service.
Glen Doherty’s Libya assignment was supposed to be his last for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He had been offered a more suitable job in the private sector that would have allowed him to get out of the line of fire. Glen told his future employer that he had one last job to do. That job was in Libya. On September 11, 2012, his last assignment was in Benghazi.
Lt Col Mark Phillips, Special Forces hero who blew up Saddam Hussein’s communications pipeline
Lt Col Mark Phillips was a Special Forces hero who carried out hundreds of covert operations behind enemy lines, including an audacious mission to blow up Saddam Hussein’s telecommunications cables network, buried deep in the earth under a sports arena in southern Baghdad during the first Gulf War, following the tyrant’s capture of Kuwait.
It was dubbed the proverbial “mission impossible” by insiders, and many did not expect Phillips and his team to make it back alive. On 22 January 1991, flying in under the cover of darkness on two Chinook helicopters at low altitude to avoid radar detection, Phillips’ Special Boat Service (SBS) team were dropped near the heavily defended stadium, while a diversionary attack was launched to lure forces away from the area.
Sustained allied aerial bombing raids had failed to knock out the fibre optic cables carrying Iraq’s command and control messages to Basra. The team was ordered to cut cables, and plant more than 700lbs of explosives at strategic points, but things did not run smoothly. Two unsuccessful attempts were made to find and cut the cable, but on each occasion, headquarters relayed back that Iraqi signals were still being sent. On the third attempt, the team planted all their explosives and detonated them. Iraqi communications suddenly ceased. Flushed with success, they dug and recovered a portion of the cable, before pulling back to their waiting helicopters. So successful was the mission that the piece of fibre optic cable has since been displayed at London’s Imperial War Museum.
Shortly after, Phillips took part in the SBS raid to retake the British Embassy in Kuwait City. Royal Marines Major-General Rob Magowan CBE said, “Foggy was an inspiration, both to me and across our Corps. “Bright, physically strong, courageous, hugely visionary and immediately engaging, he had all the attributes of a Royal Marine. People were swept up by his energy and leadership.
I first met him on an adjacent rowing machine and I must admit to feeling intimidated.” Born in 1961, in Gloucestershire, Mark Christopher Phillips was educated at Charlton Kings Secondary Modern, Cheltenham. Upon leaving school, he briefly joined the police before successfully applying to the Royal Marines. During training, he was quickly earmarked as an exceptional recruit for displaying qualities of courage, selflessness, professionalism and cheerfulness no matter what the situation; this resulted in the award of the coveted King’s Badge as a top recruit when he passed out in 1985.
After serving for almost two years with 45 Commando, Phillips underwent the gruelling selection process (and training) to join the SBS, the Special Forces unit of the Royal Navy. He remained with them for the next 26 years until retiring with the rank of Lt Colonel and being CO of the SBS. Known as “Foggy”, a light-hearted reference to his namesake, Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne’s former husband, he was one of the Corps’ fittest and most respected officers and a courageous and energetic leader who carried out many daunting and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
He also became a well-known figure in military circles for his exploits in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2003, Phillips returned to Iraq and was based at MI6’s station house in Baghdad, from which the SBS mounted strike operations against insurgents in Sadr City, while also carrying out surveillance posing as Western civilian contractors. His team was also attached to Task Force 21, a joint UK/US task force, which had the high-priority mission to find and capture Saddam. In 2008, he joined another special UK-US Special Forces unit known as Task Force 42, which tracked Taliban commanders.
On 18 February, dropped in by helicopter, the SBS commandos successfully ambushed Mullah Matin and one of his sub-commanders, Mullah Karim Agha, as they travelled across the desert on motorbikes. Martin was the vital right-hand man to Mullah Omar (the supreme commander and spiritual leader of the Taliban) and responsible for the deaths of two British soldiers and dozens of Afghan civilians, as well as numerous attacks on UK troops. Phillips was appointed MBE in recognition of his gallant and distinguished services in the field. Although he kept out the public eye, Phillips was also known as an athlete.
During the 1990s he won the 125-mile Devizes (Wiltshire) to Westminster International Canoe Race four times in succession, which had previously been won by Paddy Ashdown and Randolph Fiennes. Upon retiring from the Royal Marines in 2013, Phillips set up his own security business, but in June of this year, he was diagnosed with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (the human form of Mad Cow Disease), a rapidly developing type of dementia which affects only one in a million people. Phillips died after a short illness; he is survived by his wife, Jacqui, whom he married in 1990, and their three children, Emily, George and Bethany.
Delta Force vets show us why they love Chevy’s big SUVs
The United States Special Forces are perhaps the best tactical fighting force the world has ever seen. Whether it’s hostage rescue, covert operations, or a Bin Laden-esque kill-or-capture mission, the Tier 1 Operators of the US military are the ones to beat. As any Boy Scout can tell you, being prepared is the key to success. For these operators, it’s about having the best training, the best intelligence, and the best equipment—whether it’s $40,000 night vision goggles that turn night into day or $60,000 blacked-out SUVs.
Both of Chevy’s full-size SUVs are very popular with both military and civilian law enforcement agencies. That’s thanks partially to tradition (the Suburban has been around in one form or another since the 1930’s and is the longest running vehicle nameplate in the US) and partly to the features of the car itself.
They’re roomy, with space for burly soldiers carrying body armor, rifles, ammo, and the rest of their gear. These vehicles are also reliable and easy to work on, thanks in large part to GM’s worldwide parts supplier network. Plus, the SUVs prove quite durable—the Range Complex founder James Reese, a former Delta Force commander, told us a war story from the early days of the Iraq war when he and his commander came under fire on the infamous Route Irish in Baghdad while driving a standard Tahoe purchased off a dealer lot in Kuwait. The vehicle sustained more than 50 bullet holes, including five through the engine block, but it kept running long enough to get both occupants back to safety with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
“It looked like it came out of a movie,” Reese said. “That car and our training saved our lives.”
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