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December 29, 2002 | David Zucchino, Times Staff Writer
With machine guns rocking in their turrets, a convoy of Special Forces soldiers plowed into this mountain town in pursuit of enemy fighters one cold winter afternoon. What they found instead was a knot of rumors and contradictions. The local police intelligence chief, squatting on the dirt floor of his compound, told the Americans intriguing tales of armed Taliban and Al Qaeda supporters massed in a nearby valley. The soldiers braced for battle.
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October 10, 2010 | By Aimal Yaqubi and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
A British aid worker was killed by her captors after a failed rescue attempt by NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan, the British government said Saturday. Linda Norgrove, 36, was taken hostage along with three of her Afghan co-workers in an ambush two weeks ago while visiting a project in Kunar province along the border with Pakistan. Her colleagues had already been released. The British government gave few details on the Friday night rescue attempt, a former United Nations worker who headed a $150-million project attempting to strengthen local economies for the U.S. aid group Development Alternatives Inc. NATO allies received a tip on Norgrove's whereabouts, and a decision was reportedly reached that her best chance, given the danger she faced, was to send in U.S. special forces.
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November 15, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faces painted black, Israeli soldiers crept into this hillside Palestinian village in the middle of the night. At one house, they did battle with an Islamic militant wanted in the 1998 killing of two Jews, shooting him to death as his gun blazed. Over the next 12 hours, they rounded up 45 villagers, strip-searched men and boys and confiscated a handful of weapons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2006 | Bob Sipchen, Times Staff Writer
SHORTLY after Jeffrey "Toz" Toczylowski's last mission in Iraq a year ago this month, friends received a message. "If you are getting this e-mail, it means that I have passed away," the missive said. "No, it's not a sick Toz joke, but a letter I wanted to write in case this happened." The Army Special Forces captain, 30, said he would like family and friends to attend his burial at Arlington National Cemetery, "but understand if you can't make it."
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May 12, 2012 | By Laura King and Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - In many ways, the two young soldiers were not so different from each other. Each was tough-minded and physically powerful. Each worked hard to win a place in an elite military unit, and spoke with pride of serving his country. They were 25 years old, these two: one newly married, the other planning a wedding this year. Their upbringings were as disparate as their homelands were distant, but religious faith was entwined with the family lives of both.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SEE CORRECTION APPENDED --- START OF CORRECTION --- For The Record Los Angeles Times Friday, June 27, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction Gasper obituary: An obituary of Army Staff Sgt. Frank J. Gasper in the June 22 California section said he was a member of the Special Forces. He was a member of a Special Forces support unit. --- END OF CORRECTION --- Army Staff Sgt. Frank Gasper loved what he did so much that a fellow soldier gave him a nickname that stuck: "Gaspartacus."
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September 14, 2008 | Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When their armored truck toppled into a canal that night in southern Afghanistan, the soldiers struggled to free themselves in the darkness as the water level rose. One of them was Army Sgt. James M. Treber, a 24-year-old Green Beret from Imperial Beach, near San Diego, who recently was married and had arrived in the country for his first combat tour just six weeks earlier. He and two other soldiers drowned in the June 29 accident near Khosrow-E Sofla in Kandahar province.
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March 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Col. Edson Raff, who bucked higher-ups in the Army to outfit Special Forces units with what would become their trademark green berets, died March 11 in Garnett, Kan. He was 95. Raff came up with the distinctive beret in 1954 as a way to boost the flagging morale of a Special Forces unit of which he had been given command. Officers of the 77th Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg, N.C., adopted the beret and picked a green color similar to that of British Royal Marine commandos.
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October 6, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although retired Army Col. Aaron Bank never completed his most important mission--a top secret 1945 assignment to kidnap Adolf Hitler in Austria--today the 94-year-old founder of the famed Green Berets is still a hero among members of the Army Special Forces Command. "Col. Bank is the father of the Special Forces," said Carol Jones, a spokeswoman for the Army Special Operations Command at Ft. Bragg, N.C. "He is the cornerstone of our Special Forces heritage."
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