(Ken Silva, Headline USA) Last week, Col. Douglas MacGregor made a shocking claim that U.S. Special Forces were “shot to pieces and took heavy losses” while assisting Israel on a hostage-rescue mission in Gaza.
Colonel Douglas MacGregor says that US special forces suffered considerable losses recently during an excursion into Gaza.
US American soldiers are being killed by Hamas for Israel, and Biden is hiding it from the American people.
This is NOT de-escalation. This is sending… pic.twitter.com/odxvF34TOk
— Lauren Witzke (@LaurenWitzkeDE) October 25, 2023
Critics were quick to dismiss MacGregor as a purveyor of disinformation. A “community note” on Twitter stated that there is no evidence of his allegation.
However, the Pentagon’s top special operations policy official admitted Wednesday that U.S. Special Forces are indeed in Israel, assisting on rescuing hostages.
“We’re actively helping the Israelis to do a number of things,” Christopher Maier, an assistant secretary of defense, reportedly said at a special operations conference in Washington. According to the New York Times, he said a main task was to help Israel “identify hostages, including American hostages. It’s really our responsibility to do so.”
Maier reportedly said the commandos are only in Israel in an advisory capacity, and aren’t assigned to any combat roles.
“Maier declined to say how many U.S. Special Operations forces were currently in Israel,” NYT reported.
“But other U.S. officials say the Defense Department has dispatched several dozen commandos in recent weeks, in addition to a small team that was in Israel on Oct. 7 conducting previously scheduled training.”
MacGregor’s allegation and the NYT report follows the White House idiotically posting on Instagram an uncensored photo of President Joe Biden meeting with the elite Delta Force—possibly doxing and endangering their lives.
“In Israel, President Biden met with first responders to thank them for their bravery and the work they’re doing in response to the Hamas terrorist attacks,” said the now-removed post.
Pentagon practice is to keep the identities of its elite units confidential, whether they are in the training stages or in combat.
Meanwhile, Biden is reportedly holding “secret” talks with Israeli officials about stationing U.S. troops in Gaza after Israel completes its ground invasion, according to Bloomberg.
The U.S. has reportedly told Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it needs a plan for how to govern the Gaza Strip after Hamas is driven out of the region. Israel has said it does not want to occupy the region unilaterally, and has proposed a multinational force, which would include U.S. troops.
Ken Silva is a staff writer at Headline USA. Follow him at twitter.com/jd_cashless.