Wednesday, September 21, 2011

European special forces fought in Libya: Iraq FM

European special forces fought alongside Libyan rebels to oust the country's strongman Moamer Kadhafi, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Tuesday.

"Not only have been there been air attacks on Tripoli and other places, I can tell you there have been special forces, European forces fighting on the ground to defeat Kadhafi," Zebari said.

Media reports have said that British and French special forces took part in the fighting, in addition to the NATO air campaign, but London and Paris have not officially confirmed the reports.

Zebari, who was addressing the Concil on Foreign Relations in New York, did not give any further details.

German naval commandos are called Kampfschwimmer or "combat swimmers". These German navy counterparts to the US Navy SEALs are Germany's oldest Special Operations Forces. The Kampfschwimmer roots go back to World War II.

Today's Kampfschwimmer formations are heavily involved in international operations against terrorism, including missions in the mountains of Afghanistan.

This e-book is written by a German Navy lieutenant who serves as a Kampfschwimmer team leader -- the equivalent of a US Navy SEAL platoon leader.

"German Navy SEALs" is a profile of the Kampfschwimmer units. The e-book covers the history of the Kampfschwimmer beginning with the World War II era; describes their organization, command structure, capabilities and training; discusses their cooperation with US Navy SEALS and other Special Operations Forces; and their role in German and NATO operational planning.

Other German Special Operations Forces are also briefly discussed.