Navy SEALs Untold Stories: Bosnia (2001)

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In December 1997, a C-17 cargo jet containing several 8-foot-high metal containers touched down at the U.S. base in Tuzla Bosnia. The containers (modern day Trojan horses) were filled with 65 commandos from the Navy's premier counter-terrorism unit, SEAL Team 6. Handlers whisked the human payload into a nearby hanger to avoid notice by Russian "allies" on the base. Once the SEALs had been unpacked in secrecy, they headed to CIA-run safe houses in the surrounding countryside. Their mission: to apprehend five PIFWCs, and acronym for "persons indicated for war crimes" in northern Bosnia. Navy SEAL teams were first designated in 1962 to conduct unconventional warfare, counter-guerilla warfare and clandestine operations in both blue and brown water environments. These men go through what is considered by some to be the toughest military training in the world. The program re-creates the February 1998 commando mission to apprehend five Serbian war criminals in northern Bosnia including Blagoje Simic, dubbed "the Hitler of Bosnia." Despite intelligence leaks and a climate of mistrust among NATO allies, the SEALS conducted their own secret mission and nabbed Simic after he left home in the morning. The SEALS then rammed a Russian barricade with their car, swapped cars in the countryside, and sped to a secret airfield. Simic was them flown to The Hague, where he was imprisoned to await trial for crimes against humanity.

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