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S.O.S. Save Our SpecialOps - Marine Special Operations in Afghanistan targeted by the Taliban


May 9, 2007
A Letter from Merry Pantano
It is bittersweet to celebrate the two-year anniversary of my son's exoneration only to know that despite our best efforts, often working behind the scenes, there are still more soldiers that need our help. | 502: Bad gateway

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May 8, 2007
Letter to the Supporters of
Today, I am back in the fight, and ask for your help in defending a team of true American heroes. Drawn from the elite ranks of "Force Recon," the hand-picked men of Marine Special Operations (MARSOC) are literally the best of the best, and instead of being honored they are being investigated for simply doing their job. Our commandos became the latest victims of rushed judgment and political posturing when they were accused of using "excessive force" to defend themselves during a suicide car-bomb triggered ambush targeting the Americans because some purportedly innocent Afghanis got caught in the cross-fire. But that day on March 4, 2007 in the town of Bati Kot, Afghanistan, our Marines became the victims of more than just suicide bombers, they were caught in the teeth of a thoughtfully engineered media ambush that has ensnared them, and by extension the U.S., in the Taliban's fight to wrest control of Afghanistan from the Karzai government.


May 24, 2007 — Washington Examiner
Marines Who Killed Civilians Were Attacked
Investigators found convincing evidence of a suicide-bombing, along with spent ammunition thought to have been fired by the enemy, at the site in Afghanistan where gun fire from members of an elite U.S. Marine unit killed civilians, according to a secret military police report The Examiner obtained Wednesday.

May 18, 2007 — Stars and Stripes, Mideast Edition
Commandant chafes at apology for Marines
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway chided an Army colonel Thursday for apologizing for an incident in which special operations Marines allegedly overreacted and killed 19 Afghans.

May 16, 2007 — Army Times
Congressman tells Army: Stop MarSOC comments
A congressman has asked the secretary of the Army to prohibit Army officials from making public comments about special operations Marines involved in an attack in Afghanistan until the investigation is complete.

May 6, 2007 — Marine Times
Lawyers: Evidence backs MarSOC's claims
Photos of shot-up military vehicles and a classified Army intelligence report confirm that a group of spec-ops Marines was attacked with small-arms fire during a March 4 ambush in Afghanistan, according to the Marines' attorneys.

May 3, 2007 — Marine Times
Lawyer: Marines Took Fire in Afghan Ambush
Hit by a car bomb and taking fire, members of a Marine special operations company deployed to Afghanistan in March escaped "a complex, planned attack," and a classified Army intelligence report confirms it, according to the civilian attorney for one Marine involved.