(NationalSentinel) War: An Australian newspaper is reporting that the U.S. Navy SEAL team responsible for killing Obama bin Laden in a fortified Pakistani compound is now training in South Korea to take North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
As News.au reported further, the deployment of SEAL Team 6 to South Korea accompanies the stationing of the U.S. Army’s THAAD missile defense system on the peninsula as well:
The crack US Navy Seal team that took out Osama bin Laden is reportedly in training in South Korea, conducting “field training operations”, amid rising tension with North Korea.
South Korean media claims the famed Seal Team 6 — which killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011 — is part of the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercise being carried out from March 7 to April 30 in South Korea.
While US military would not confirm the reports, it said “ground, air, naval and special operations” are taking part in “several joint and combined field training operations” which involve up to 17,000 troops.
The special operations teams are thought to also include the Army Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets. The training commenced one day after US deployed its state of the art THAAD missile defence system to the region.
Reports noted that the special operations forces were training to take out Kim, but U.S. Navy officials have denied that.
“There are variety of Special Operations Forces (SOF) participating in Foal Eagle, as they do in most regional exercises,” said former U.S. Navy Commander Gary Ross, in an interview with the UK’s Independent.
“Foal Eagle is a regularly-scheduled, annual exercise that is the culmination of many months of planning and it is not being conducted in response to the current situation on peninsula,” he said.
The Independent reported further that SEAL Team 6 is taking part in Foal Eagle for the first time, so read into that what you will. Keep in mind, though, that not all U.S. special operations forces are trained to infiltrate enemy territory for the specific purpose of killing or capturing a top leader.
That the Trump administration and the Pentagon would prefer to end the North Korean problem by taking out Kim instead of losing 100,000 or more troops and untold millions of dollars in military hardware makes perfect sense. However, failing would likely bring a massive North Korean response.
What better time to do this than when you’ve got the force structure in place? That would include, by the way, an entire U.S. Navy carrier battle group, which was diverted back to the Korean peninsula from making a port call in Australia.