SEAL Droppings Claimed in Somalia
After a recent series of raids along the coastline of the Horn of Africa, local jihadist rebels have been spouting about lost equipment supposedly captured from Navy Seals. Firearms Talk gives our take on this.
Along the Eastern coast of Africa, where the 'horn' of the continent reaches out towards the Indian Ocean, lays the confusing country that is Somalia. Divided and mired in a civil war that has been raging off and on over the past quarter century, American involvement has been off and on in the area. Blackhawk Down was twenty years ago this week, pirates are often blown out of the water there with the help of the US Navy, and a combined task force, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa is based at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti-- just a stone's throw away.
Its CJTF-HOA's mission to combat terrorists in the area. Namely against Al-Shabaab, a fundamentalist group with Al-Qaeda ties. That's where the raid comes in.
In of Barawe, a coastal town in Somalia on October 5, 2013, a group of commandos crept in during the dark of night. These frogmen were looking for one Somali ideas man who worked for al-Shabab. After making contact with the shibabist terrorist foot soldiers, the small group of allied troops broke contact and withdrew.
(Diagram from the Guardian.com)
A representative for the terror group (of course they have media people) stated that it was a British SAS raid of "foreign soldiers with silencer guns" in which the righteous jihadists killed the raid commander and four of his commandos. They even said they captured some of the commandos gear. Well the Brits and other European forces quickly denied they pulled off any raid.
However, the anti-terrorist Somalia government announced that a raid had been conducted into the shibbaist area and at least seven tangos were scratched. Then came the news that it was a US-conducted action. There were no US casualties and US officials confirmed this week that the target of the raid was Al-Shabaab commander Abdikadar Mohamed Abdikadar "Ikrima" and a group of Navy Seals were involved in the raid. US Secretary of State John Kerry says that the insurgents "can run but they can't hide."
In a series of photos released by the Al Shabab media organ (the jihad will be televised), they proudly showed off a cache of military gear captured from the infidel commandos. These included a German made MK13 BTV-EL flash bang grenade, a Magpul PMAG with a pile of 5.56mm NATO ammo, and a box mag for a HK MP7 subgun. Besides the random munitions, pictures of a Garmin commercial wrist-mounted GPS were circulated, sans wrist.
Is it real
Well from what we can tell, the MP7 is used by a number of NATO special ops type units, such as the German GSG-9, French DGSE, Italian 9th Parachute Regiment, oh yeah, and the US Naval Special Operations Command. You see the zippy little subgun with its 4.6-30mm armor-piercing round is an ideal personal defense weapon for those who need something effective at close ranges, while still being compact enough to deploy after a small rubber boat or helicopter ride.
(The MP7 is the super-sexy Seal replacement for the HK MP5)
Then of course, the PMAG would fit any STANG mag well, such as the US M4 or HK416 weapons used by the Seals and others. The German-made Mk13 stun grenade (still live) is definite NATO issue and the Mod 0 version pictured is a USN variant that is waterproof to 66-feet. The Garmin is the only source of real concern, with the replacement cost of the mags and ammo being minimal. Moreover, the only reason the GPS would give heartburn was if it had sensitive waypoints programed that would be compromised for future operations.
Gear gets lost in infiltration, combat, and extraction; it is just an unpleasant fact.
So most likely, it was actually left behind by the Seals when they displaced and broke contact. They are professionals and they extracted themselves without having to level Barawe to do it. With Somalia awash in AK47s and the occasional HKG3, odds are the shibabs don't have any weapons that can take the handful of USN ammo left behind, or that the GPS is really more useful than in passing novelty. After all, you can buy them on Amazon if you really need them in the exact same model for about $175.
We recommend that they put it all in their local lost and found, as odds are some frogmen will be back shortly to claim it.