Over the weekend Navy SEALs conducted an operation into Somalia under the cover of darkness to take down a key Shabaab militant, a man that goes by the name of “Ikrima”.
The SEALs came ashore near the southern town of Barawe and made their way towards the seaside compound where Ikrima was thought to be located. The SEALs entered the compound and took up positions based upon intelligence gathered prior to the raid.
A single Shabaab fighter stood guard outside of the building where Ikrima was hiding. The man calmly smoked a cigarette as he walked deliberately back inside the structure giving no indication he had spotted the SEALs lurking in the darkness outside. Suddenly, the man came back through the doorway firing an AK-47 at the SEALs — the fight was on.
Very quickly the SEALs were overwhelmed with heavy fire, something they weren’t expecting given intelligence reports. Through a window the SEALs could see their target. However, try as they might, they couldn’t find an angle to breech the building and gain access to him. The operators could also see children intermingling with the fighters as the battle heated up, which concerned them greatly.
As heavy fire continued to rain down on their position, the SEAL team leader made the decision to pull back to prevent unintentional collateral damage to the civilian population. The mission was a wash, but luckily none of the SEALs, who numbered less than a dozen, were injured or killed.
The terror organization, Shabaab, released images showing some of the gear dropped by the SEALs during the heat of battle. This gives us a rare glimpse into the gear America’s elite warriors are using these days.
Starting at the upper left-center of the image we see an HK MP7A1 magazine. The little 4.6x30mm caliber SMG is one of HK’s latest offerings. HK considers the MP7A1 to be a Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) and it’s designed to give near rifle like penetration with minimal recoil. The polymer magazine pictured could hold either 30 or 40 rounds of ammo, we could tell which if the end of the magazine were visible in the image.
Laying just to the right of the MP7 magazine is a Magpul windowed EMAG. From what we know, this is standard kit for DEVGRU operators, who are formerly known as SEAL Team 6.
In the middle, just below the two magazines, we see what appears to be a flash-bang diversionary device (expended).
To the right of the grenade a Garmin satellite navigation device can be seen. Of all the gear left behind, this has the potential to be the most damaging as it likely contains waypoints used by the SEALs.
Then we have the ammo which creates a half-circle around the bottom of the image. The 5.56x45mm ammo on the right side of the picture is the relatively new M855 replacement known as the SOST (Special Operations Science and Technology) round, or the MK318. The MK318 Mod 0 ammo is designed to improve accuracy and barrier penetration as well as lethality. It features an open-tip 62gr bullet and has a claimed effective range of 600 yards.
The ammo on the left side of the circle appears to be 4.6x30mm ammo from the MP7A1 magazine.
As for the other miscellaneous bits and pieces seen in the picture, I’m not sure what they are. If you know, please tell us in the comments below.
I’m thankful our warriors made it home from the mission unscathed with the only US casualties being a few lost items. Better luck next time, fellas.
Thanks to our readers, I have more info on the gear seen in this image.
The small packet at the upper left is a Revision anti-fog wipe used on protective eyewear.
After some discussion I think the consensus is that the ammo to the left is 4.6x30mm and the ammo to the right is MK318.