Battle of Takur Ghar

Battle of Takur Ghar
Part of the War in Afghanistan
The Battle of Takur Ghar, by Keith Rocco.jpg
An artist's rendition of the battle
Date4–5 March 2002; 16 years ago (2002-03-05)
LocationTakur Ghar, Afghanistan
33°20′30″N 69°12′58″E / 33°20′30″N 69°12′58″E / 33.34167; 69.21611
ResultCoalition victory
Belligerents
 United States
 Australia
Afghanistan
Taliban
Al-Qaeda
Commanders and leaders
BG Gregory Trebon
LTC Pete Blaber
Maulvi Saif-ur-Rehman Mansoor
Strength
7 SEALs, 20 Army Rangers, 3 airmen
4 MH-47 Chinooks, 1 AC-130 gunship, 2 F-15Es, 2 F-16s, 1 Armed Predator Drone
Noncombat Support:
1 or 2 Australian SASR teams
400 Fighters at hilltop camp, Unknown numbers of reinforcements[1]
Casualties and losses
7 Killed
~12 Wounded
2 Chinooks lost
200(?) Killed
Location of Takur Ghar

The Battle of Takur Ghar 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 mountain top, 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 battle is also known as the Battle of Roberts Ridge, after the first casualty of the battle, Navy SEAL Neil C. Roberts.

Prelude

In the evening of 3 March 2002, the Task Force 11 leadership essentially ordered the Delta Force AFO commander to pass control of the AFO teams involved in the Operation Anaconda to the SEALs of Task Force Blue-who were moving teams in from Bagram to Gardez for this purpose. The SEALs were not heavily involved in the Operation up to this point but the TF11 commander bluntly ordered their deployment as well as changing the immediate command in an ongoing operation, possibly so that the SEALs could gain combat experience.[2]

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