Authorities in Boston are reporting that a botched training exercise involving both Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) and the FBI at a local hotel resulted in the wrong room being hit… and an innocent person being rolled up. It is unclear which ARSOF unit was involved in the training, but the Army’s Delta Force is often involved in targeting high-value individuals and conducting hostage rescues.
Few details are available at this time, but apparently, the joint force of ARSOF and FBI were working together on a training exercise, a rather current event for elite military units and their law enforcement and/or intelligence counterparts. What was the nature of the training? Well, according to the FBI, it was to:
“…simulate a situation their personnel might encounter in a deployed environment.”
Wow. Talk about vague…
A spokesperson for the military explained that the event was intended to “enhance soldiers’ skills to operate in realistic and unfamiliar environments.” Getting the wrong location, or the wrong target, on an overseas SpecOps mission is actually pretty realistic, and I guess it doesn’t get more “unfamiliar” than the wrong guy, in the wrong hotel room.
The cause of the screwup was not revealed in initial reporting about the incident, other than to say that it was the result of “inaccurate information.” There is no indication that the person accidentally detained, a Delta Air Lines employee was injured, and now they have a heck of a story to tell their friends.
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