Trump Awards Medal Of Honor To Navy SEAL After Controversial Mission [Video]
President Trump gave an amazing speech, explaining Britt Slabinski and his team’s harrowing fight for freedom through enemy territory in Afghanistan. The then-Senior Chief Petty Slabinski has received some harsh criticism for the events that unfolded at Robert’s Ridge, also known as the Battle of Takur Ghar.
The Battle at Roberts Ridge was a short but intense military engagement between United States special operations forces and al-Qaeda insurgents fought in March 2002, atop Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan. For the U.S. side, the battle proved the deadliest entanglement of Operation Anaconda, an effort early in the war in Afghanistan to rout al-Qaeda forces from the Shahi-Kot Valley and Arma Mountains.
The battle saw three helicopter landings by the U.S. on the mountaintop, each greeted by direct assault from al-Qaeda forces. Although Takur Ghar was eventually taken, seven U.S. service members were killed and many wounded.
The U.S. government used the term “Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan” to officially describe the War in Afghanistan, from the period between October 2001 and December 2014 when Obama officially announced the operation’s end.
Six months after the 9/11 attacks, then-Senior Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski led a seven-man Navy SEAL Team Six unit to set up an observation post in eastern Afghanistan atop a 10,000-foot mountain known as Takur Ghar, to support U.S. forces in the valley below battling Al Qaeda in an operation known as Anaconda.
In the ensuing battle, seven Americans would be killed.
Thursday afternoon at the White House, President Trump presented Slabinski with the Medal of Honor for his actions – getting wounded team members off the mountain and directing devastating close-air-support against the enemy.
But not everyone in the military’s close-knit special operations community sees it that way. Many in the Army’s elite Delta Force and 75th Ranger Regiment claim Slabinski left a man behind on the mission and made a pivotal mistake by landing his team so close to the objective.
In an extensive sit down interview with Fox News before the ceremony, Slabinski defended his actions.
“I was going to land at another location and make my movement on foot to the top of the mountain, but there were other changes that forced me to adapt my plan that forced me to go to the top of the mountain,” he told Fox News three days before receiving the Medal of Honor.
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