This past weekend, U.S. forces successfully killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terrorist figure responsible for inspiring some of the most grisly murders and rapes in recent times. The surgical strike resulted in no U.S. deaths or injuries and even the wounded dog is on the road to recovery.
But how do special forces prepare for missions like this and how are they trained to respond to the enemy’s actions to successfully execute the mission?
Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Jerry Boykin served 36 years in uniform, much of it in special forces. He was an original member of Delta Force and at one time commanded all Green Berets.
Gen. Boykin walks us through the planning, rehearsing, and executing of missions like the one that took out Baghdadi. He also cuts through the political bluster to explain when presidents are required to inform key members of Congress about a mission and when they are not.
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