On [REDACTED] Tier 1 operators took part in Operation Redacted on the civil war striken island of [REDACTED]. This AAR describes what took place.
Following years of Civil War and no clear progression on either side NATO has recently been receiving reports of human rights violations by the Eastern Orthodox right-wing faction 'IRIS'.
Tier1 had been sent in to investigate 'IRIS', establish the scale of human rights violations and, if possible, disrupt IRIS's operations.
This was a 'dark op' with all operations conducted on the basis of deniability. Tier1 troops had been flown in and were operating from a small, hastily constructed base on an island in the South West. Limited supplies were present and operators had been instructed to use their own personal gear.
Weather: Scattered clouds. Wind from the SW
At 0100 two four-man teams (Shadow 1 and 2), supported by one two-man recon teams (Echo 1), took off from the base (designation Barbie 1) and were transported by Hellcat to an LZ on the South of the island.
Shadow 1 and 2 proceeded north to investigate Objective 1, thought to be an IRIS jump off point for search and destroy patrols on the south of the island. Meanwhile, Echo team 1 headed north, skillfully dodging enemy patrols to gain oversight of the main objective (2) where ethnic cleansing was thought to be taking place.
Both teams successfully avoided contact with multiple IRIS patrols around their assigned objectives.
At 0145 Shadow 2 initiated a successful assault on Objective 1, eliminating eight IRIS members. Meanwhile Shadow 1 conducted a reconnaissance and holding operation to investigate and block potential reinforcements from the town (Estrada) to the North.
A patrolling armed vehicle engaged Shadow 2 at Objective 1 and unfortunately one man was lost to enemy fire.
Meanwhile Echo 1 had successfully established a recon position around Objective 2. They established the presence of up to 15 enemy infantry as well as the presence of civilian hostages. Drones were deployed successfully to provide inteligence for Shadow teams approaching the objective.
Having established enemy presence in the town of Estrada Shadow 1 and 2 re-grouped and were transported by helicopter to the south east of Objective 2. All teams then successfully established overwatch of the Objective. While planning their assault it became clear that the intention of the IRIS troops around the objective was to execute their civilian hostages. Shadow 1 and 2 initiated their assault with marksman engaging troops whose intent it was to eliminate the hostages present.
During the assault one Russian BTR engaged Shadow Teams situationed to the North of Objective 1 but was eliminated. Tier1 sustained two operators KIA during the assault, but successfully eliminated 20 enemy personnel, two armed trucks and two BTRs. 4 civilian hostages were successful rescued.
Meanwhile IRIS forces conducted counter-attacks from the north and east with armed technicals and a BTR. These were eliminated with the assistance of Echo (providing overwatch) and Reaper with CAS. Hostages were then extracted back to Barbie 1 for medical attention (one remains critical in our makeshift aid station).
The final stage of the operation involved a coordinated assault on the town of Estrada to the east of Objective 2. Reconnaissance conducted by Echo 1 team indicated the presence of 10 enemy infantry in and around buildings within the town. With reinforcements having arrived from Barbie 1, a successful assault was undertaken by Shadow teams 1 and 2, engaging in hand-to-hand fighting and CQB within the town. Having secured the town center, and with IRIS BTRs rapidly approaching from the north east, Shadown and Echo elements proceeded back to Objective 1 for successful extraction via Hellcat.
Tier1 suffered 4 men KIA.
IRIS casaulties unknown, but thought to include:
- 70 infantry
- 3 BTRs
- 3 .50-cal equipped vehicles/technicals
Command is pleased with the outcome of this stage of the operation in Sahrani. Tier1 successfully proved their ability as an effective force and, importantly, confirmed NATO reports of human rights violations occuring within the region.
Command has directed that Tier1 operators are to remain on the island, and conduct future operations to hinder IRIS actions.