Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 9 years ago

First major force in Iraq and Afghanistan?

I know Special Forces and Navy SEALs where in first, but who were the first predominate ground forces?

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  • Rufus
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    9 years ago
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    The CIA put forces in Iraq as early as July 2002. They were later complemented by JSOC. The first conventional units made an amphibious assault on March 19, 2003. This was the British 3rd Commando Brigade, the 15th U. S. Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Polish special forces. They invaded at Umm Qsar on the Al Faw peninsula. It's the first time since World War II that U.S. Marines are operating under British command. The official start, when coalition forces crossed the border from Kuwait, was the following day.

    The first conventional force in Afghanistan was also the 15th MEU. They took Camp Rhino in Nov., 2001 after recon by Navy SEAL's. Their assault was 372 miles from the USS Peleliu. They were reinforced by the 26th MEU and then advanced on Kandahar. They were replaced by the 101st Airborne in Jan., 2002.,2933,43467,00.html

    "25 November - The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Afghanistan, becoming the first team of U.S. ground troops in the region. Encountering no resistance, the MEU began to set up a fortified base, “Camp Rhino,” at the airport just south of Kandahar, the last political and military stronghold of the Taliban regime. The mission, codenamed “Swift Freedom”, is to seal off the city of Kandahar, cutting off incoming supplies and escape routes. Within a day of securing the abandoned airstrip, Marine Cobra helicopters supported Navy F-14s in an attack in an armored convoy of fifteen enemy transport vehicles near the base.

    28 November - The body of the first American killed in action inside Afghanistan since the bombing campaign began was recovered from a prison compound. Former Marine Mike Spann, 32, of McLean, Virginia, was a paramilitary trooper with the Central Intelligence Agency and was tasked with interrogating the Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners held at the compound. The prisoners rioted on Sunday, taking over the compound until quelled by northern alliance fighters and U.S. airstrikes.

    1 December - The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, departed Camp Pendleton, California, bound for the Arabian Sea. The approximately 2,200 Marines of the 13th MEU (SOC) are headed to join or relieve the 15th MEU, currently on the ground in Afghanistan.

    4 December - Elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) landed in Afghanistan to reinforce the 15th MEU at Camp Rhino located south of Kandahar. Marines from the 26th MEU’s Combined Anti-Armor Team (CAAT) and Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) bring with them valuable weaponry and combat vehicles.

    It should be noted that the 15th MEU(SOC) is special operations capable with Force Recon units. This was probably a factor in their being used as the tip of the spear.

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  • 9 years ago

    Afghanistan was the one brigade of the 101st and one brigade from the 10th mountain.

    10th mountain was so screwed up, it got a CG fired.

    Iraq- everyone was already in kuwait

    • 5 years agoReport

      Tell that to the 101st who walked right in our line of fire or the 101st who almost killed us on an air resupply.

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  • 9 years ago

    marines cinvade at sea and army jumps from choppers noone really gets in first, its more of just the tactics of the mission

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