Led by the United States and composed of special operations forces from eight nations, Task Force K-Bar (originally Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - South (CJSOTF-SOUTH)) was the first major ground deployment in the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, operating from October 2001 to April 2002.
Originally operating out of Oman's Masirah Air Base before deploying themselves directly in southeastern Afghanistan, K-Bar was under the command of then-Captain Robert Harward, a US Navy SEAL. Harward was full of praise for the troops under his command, and later stated that the Canadian Joint Task Force 2 team was his first choice for any direct action mission.
In total, K-Bar ran 42 reconnaissance and surveillance missions, and an unreported number of combat missions that resulted in the capture of 107 Afghans and the deaths of at least 115.
In 2004, the units participating in Task Force K-Bar were each awarded the Presidential Unit Citation by George W. Bush for their service in Afghanistan. The Task Force was composed of U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft crewmen, U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Air Force Combat Controllers, and Coalition special operations forces from Canada, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
Member nations[edit | edit source]
- United States: Navy SEALs (Teams 2, 3, and 8), U.S. Air Force Combat Controllers and Pararescuemen, and Army Special Forces;
- Norway, ~70 Hærens Jegerkommando (HJK), Forsvarets Spesialkommando (FSK) and Marinejegerkommandoen (MJK);
- Canada: ~40 Joint Task Force 2;
- Germany: ~100 Kommando Spezialkräfte;
- New Zealand: ~40 New Zealand Special Air Service;
- Denmark: ~100 Jægerkorpset and Frømandskorpset.
- Turkey: one liaison officer
References[edit | edit source]
- CBC, JTF2: Canada’s super-secret commandos, July 15, 2005
- Presidential Unit Citation to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - South
- Allan Woods Ottawa Bureau. "'Canada's elite commandos and the invasion of Afghanistan'". Thestar.com. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/afghanmission/article/800296--canada-s-elite-commandos-and-the-invasion-of-afghanistan?bn=1. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Pugliese, David. Ottawa Citizen, JTF2's Norwegian Comrades in Action in Afghanistan
- Jæger - i krig med eliten end of Chapter 8 + beginning of chapter 9
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