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New War Drama Focuses On America’s Elite: SEAL Team Six
It’s 2014 in eastern Afghanistan. Under the cover of darkness, a small and highly trained unit of Navy SEALs are on a mission to secure a high-value individual. Unable to the find their target, they regroup and prepare to leave, but are ambushed. In the ensuing gunbattle, they capture a pair of men; one is an American working with the jihadist fighters the SEALs were tasked to track down.
The team’s leader Richard "Rip" Taggart steps forward, levels his rifle, and kills the unarmed man. The other is escorted away, with Rip’s teammates visibly shaken. This is the audience’s introduction to the principal character of “SIX,” HISTORY’s eight-episode, scripted series about the military’s elite SEAL Team Six.
There’s a lot at play in “SIX,” and while this is SEAL Team Six we’re talking about — a unit shrouded in mystery and tasked with the toughest and most dangerous missions imaginable — the plot is so outlandish, it’s beyond the realm of possibility.
But, it’s also a TV war drama so there’s going to be, well, drama.
Walton Goggins as Richard "Rip" Taggart in HISTORY's upcoming TV war drama "SIX."
The majority of the show is set two years after the operation in Afghanistan. Rip, played by actor Walton Goggins, has left the team, pushed out due to strained relationships with his teammates over the killing, and has taken up work as a contractor. While providing security at an all-girls school in Nigeria, Rip, the students, and the civilians he’s guarding are captured by Boko Haram and taken prisoner. Then, the exact same team he served with years earlier is tasked with rescuing him before he can be handed off to a jihadist terror cell, one which happens to be run by the brother of the unarmed man he killed.
“SIX” is just the latest series from HISTORY to pay homage to America’s elite operators, and draws heavily from accounts of actual Navy SEAL missions.
During one mission in the show, the SEALs track down a courier for Boko Haram and board a heavily protected shipping vessel, stealthily killing the guards inside, before detaining their target and then fighting their way off the ship. As they prepare to leave, the team’s newest member attempts to breach a steel bulkhead with an explosive charge, before Ricky “Buddha” Ortiz, the team’s breacher and a senior SEAL, waves him off. Buddha, played by Juan Pablo Raba of Netflix’s “Narcos”, knows the resounding explosion could be catastrophic to the team and quickly cuts through the door with a blowtorch.
There’s no shortage of action, but there’s also a clear display of technical knowledge and research on the part of the show’s producers, writers, and advisors. This gives the drama an air of authenticity, even while parading an incredible, if hard to believe, plot out in front of the audience.
The story is written by William Broyles, who wrote the screenplay for “Jarhead” and David Broyles, a military special operations veteran. “SIX” also brought on retired Navy SEAL Mitchell Hall as a technical advisor. Hall previously worked as an advisor on “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Lone Survivor.” To prepare for their roles as elite members of SEAL Team Six the actors went through training meant to simulate Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training.
Unlike many fictional dramas around special operations, “SIX” doesn’t put these men on a pedestal. Instead, it grounds them in home-life drama, ranging from one SEAL’s dealings with an estranged daughter, to another’s attempts to balance family life and his work on the team. Finally, there’s the struggle to maintain a clear head and moral compass amid back-to-back deployments. It’s an internal battle each member of the team fights throughout the series.
According to HISTORY, each season will take place in a different area of operations, with the first set predominantly in Africa. The first episode of “SIX” premieres on HISTORY on Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. eastern time.
'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents
On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.
Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.
In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.
With the Imperial Japanese Army hot on his heels, Oscar Leonard says he barely slipped away from getting caught in the grueling Bataan Death March in 1942 by jumping into a choppy bay in the dark of the night, clinging to a log and paddling to the Allied-fortified island of Corregidor.
After many weeks of fighting there and at Mindanao, he was finally captured by the Japanese and spent the next several years languishing under brutal conditions in Filipino and Japanese World War II POW camps.
Now, having just turned 100 years old, the Antioch resident has been recognized for his 42-month ordeal as a prisoner of war, thanks to the efforts of his friends at the Brentwood VFW Post #10789 and Congressman Jerry McNerney.
McNerney, Brentwood VFW Commander Steve Todd and Junior Vice Commander John Bradley helped obtain a POW award after doing research and requesting records to surprise Leonard during a birthday party last month.
Hundreds of Marines will join their British counterparts at a massive urban training center this summer that will test the leathernecks' ability to fight a tech-savvy enemy in a crowded city filled with innocent civilians.
The North Carolina-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, will test drones, robots and other high-tech equipment at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in August.
They'll spend weeks weaving through underground tunnels and simulating fires in a mock packed downtown city center. They'll also face off against their peers, who will be equipped with off-the-shelf drones and other gadgets the enemy is now easily able to bring to the fight.
It's the start of a four-year effort, known as Project Metropolis, that leaders say will transform the way Marines train for urban battles. The effort is being led by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, based in Quantico, Virginia. It comes after service leaders identified a troubling problem following nearly two decades of war in the Middle East: adversaries have been studying their tactics and weaknesses, and now they know how to exploit them.
WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump imposed new U.S. sanctions onIran on Monday following Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Trump told reporters he was signing an executive order for the sanctions amid tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil.
Trump also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called "the hostile conduct of the regime."
"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support," Trump said.
While it can be difficult to peg down just how star-spangled a state is, one indicator is the rate at which citizens enlist in the military, especially during the United States' longest period of sustained conflict. At least, that's the thinking behind WalletHub's new study, 2019's Most Patriotic States in America.