Did Delta Force took part in the capture of El Chapo Guzman?
The capture of El Chapo Guzman was a good and coordinated long-term operation carried out by the Mexican authorities. It hit the headlines four years ago. But did the Mexicans only do it on their own?
Almost 24 years ago, the United States deployed a small, mysterious force to search for a drug servant whose goods had flooded American markets. Pablo Escobar’s cartel has been believed to smuggle at least 80 percent of the cocaine in the United States and is responsible for a wave of murders in Colombia that goes back 15 years.
Author: Dan Lamothe
For more than a year, the U.S. military’s secret Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) has been tracking down the Army’s elite Delta Force and the U.S. Navy’s Special Warfare Developmental Group, commonly known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team 6 Colombia moved. Relentless Strike, ”a long JSOC story published last year by journalist Sean Naylor. The American special operations forces were supposed to limit themselves to training the Colombian elite armed forces, but found ways to accompany them on missions.
On December 2, 1993, Escobar was finally discovered by phone surveillance and killed in a robbery. There have long been rumors that a member of the Delta Force killed him, but retired Army Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin, a longtime Delta operator, denied it did in his 2008 book “Never Surrender.” was.
The operation is worth considering as the United States is seeking the extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a billionaire who was captured by Mexican marines in the coastal town of Los Mochis, near Baja California, on Friday. An in-depth article by actor Sean Penn published by Rolling Stone Magazine suggested El Chapo knew that Mexican authorities and officials in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were getting closer and relied on a secret visit, the Penn had with the kingpin in the mountains of Sinaloa, Mexico.
DEA officials said in a tweet that El Chapo’s capture “is further evidence of our two countries’ determination to ensure that justice is brought to families plagued by his reckless acts.”
“The DEA and Mexico have a strong partnership and we will continue to support Mexico in its efforts to improve security for its citizens,” the agency added. “We will continue to work together to respond to the evolving threats posed by transnational criminal organizations.”
The DEA and Mexico have a strong partnership and we will continue to support Mexico in its efforts to improve security for its citizens
– DEA Headquarters (@DEAHQ) January 8, 2016
We will continue to work together to respond to the evolving threats posed by transnational criminal organizations.
– DEA Headquarters (@DEAHQ) January 8, 2016
The US government has not detailed how it helped capture El Chapo. However, a report by online magazine SOFREP suggested that Delta Force operators and American law enforcement officers were involved in the mission. The report, which includes bloody photos allegedly taken after a firefight with El Chapo’s armed forces, says Delta troops served as tactical advisers but did not participate directly in the mission, citing several anonymous sources.
The SOFREP quote is run by former special operations forces and has been known for breaking some stories. In one example, they identified former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill as the veteran who anonymously described the raid in which Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a 2013 article published by Esquire magazine. O’Neill later identified himself in an interview with The Post.
SOFREP’s new report on El Chapo could not be confirmed on Monday, and Mexican authorities said they carried out the operation themselves. However, the involvement of the US military in Latin America has long been a source of intrigue.
US troops are shown here in Panama in December 1989 during Operation Just Cause, the mission to overthrow Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega. (Photo: US Army)
In another example, Delta Force, Army Ranger units, and other special forces led the 1989 hunt for Manuel Noriega, the Panamanian leader who also had a long history of transporting cocaine to the United States. Operation Just Cause was approved by President George HW Bush in late 1989 and lasted only a few weeks. Noriega surrendered to US forces on January 3, 1990, according to an Army history of the operation.
Noriega was known to wore red underpants. Following the books by Naylor and Boykin, a couple ended up in a showcase in Fort Bragg, NC, the home of JSOC and Delta.
The article was originally published on the Washington Post.
To update: This story has been updated to reflect that Mexican authorities said they carried out the operation without US assistance.