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While we are talking about the renewed hostilities between Israel and Palestine let's remember an important event in the history of Turkish Special Operations Forces.

The year is 2006. Lebanon and Israel are in a state of war due to attack by Hezbollah militants over the IDF resulting of killed and captured Israeli soldiers.

Turks and their families who were evacuated from the region by the Turkish Armed Forces. Navy's primary SOF, the Underwater Offense units SAT were called to duty.

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Ercan KIRECTEPE, who was at the rank of Major at that time, is now at the rank of Rear Admiral. He is the Commander of SAT now.

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This picture is showing very clearly the push for nationalization of the personal equipment of the Special Forces Command.

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Can you point out a few brands you recognize I only know SAR-56.
Oh I also can read aselsan on optics

Aselsan A940 1-4x optic
Aselsan A600 night vision attachment
DLIRIL Laser-Light module by 3e EOS

The 2nd and 3rd personel have holographic optics HNA made by Fotoniks with TAG-3 magnifier also by Fotoniks don't know if they have the license of the US comapny EOTech or just a copy.

2nd soldier has AK-40GL grenade launcher mounted on his rifle produced by Akdas Silah

3rd soldier has i think Surefire M951 light mounted on don't know which laser module but for sure not the PEQ-15 which they used previously.
 

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Can you point out a few brands you recognize I only know SAR-56.
Oh I also can read aselsan on optics
We can recognize Akdas AK-40 GL/GLX 40mm grenade launcher paired with Sarsilmaz SAR-56 for example.

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Some of the notable optical accessories that are made in Turkiye include Fotoniks HNA holographic sights paired with magnifiers:

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Aselsan A940 1-4X Day Sights:

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Aselsan A600 Night Vision Attachment:

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3E EOS DLIRIL50 Dual Laser Pointer and Illuminator (old model not in production)

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I think a dual laser-light module is not good, they are pretty bulky, heavier, lower battery life and light/laser output are also not great.
Absolutely agree. Optical performance and output are of critical importance for a tactical light. I am of the opinion it should be a dedicated device. I also don't like this dual design. Also there is the moment with the power supply which is preventing an optimal flashlight performance so you get "half ass" flashlight and short battery life that must be dedicated for the lasers. We see the trend of the newer IR lasers/illuminators to totally ditch the flashlight.
 

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Big news! 2 Police Special Operations POH teams will be participating at the UAE SWAT Challenge among elite SWAT teams from all around the world.

It is known that 86 elite SWAT teams signed up to participate in the challenge. Teams from Russia, Argentina, UAE, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Chili, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, China, Kuwait, Colombia, Kenya, Montenegro, Nigeria, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Panama, Serbia, Ecuador, Guyana, Hong Kong, Iraq, Canada, Serbia, Belarus, Trinidad, Cameroon, USA, Jordan, Philippines, Peru, Azerbaijan, Albania, Rwanda, Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, Thailand, Bulgaria, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Pakistan Belize, Hungary, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Vietnam will participate along the Turkish teams.

The Challenge is consisted of 5 events:

EVENT 1: TACTICAL EVENT

The Tactical Event is a lighting fast, six(6) member event that demands a high level of team communication & marksmanship to beat the clock. Quick thinking & movement will win the day in this Event.

EVENT 2: ASSAULT EVENT

Consisting of a five(5) member team, the Assault Event will see teams overcoming obstacles, breaching doors, use of multiple weapon systems & carrying rescue dummies all while breathing heavy in a Gas mask.

EVENT 3: OFFICER RESCUE

A team of five(5) will start this Event but one will be carried back. Traverse lines, long distances, difficult targets, obstacles & heavy objects. The Officer Rescue promises to test team’s stress shooting skills to the limit.

EVENT 4: TOWER EVENT

All magazines loaded & ropes ready as a five(5) member team attacks an Event stretching the entire field. Obstacles, rappelling, tower shooting & banks of targets. The Tower Event is a Shooter’s paradise that will demand absolute speed & accuracy to take top honors.

EVENT 5: OBSTACLE COURSE

Easy to complete, easy to fail. A five(5) member team attempts to finish the final Event of the Challenge. Consisting of nineteen(19) obstacles, the Obstacle Course promises to test your physical & mental fitness.

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In 2014 the personnel of the Turkish Consulate in Mosul were captured by ISIS. 49 people including the security staff consisting of Police Special Operations unit and the diplomatic staff were held hostage.

This situation triggered the formation of a Special Missions Unit within the Special Forces Command OKK, named Special Operations Battalion (TIER 1). According to sources the plan was the unit to infiltrate enemy territory by a HALO jump, continue infiltration by land to the place where the hostages were believed to be held, execute a hostage rescue mission and evacuate the hostages to Turkiye. In the past the Special Forces Command trained according to similar scenarios in coordination with local forces.

A model of the building where the hostages were believed to be held was constructed, Intensive training and preparations started and the unit was ready, but due to the unwillingness of the political decision makers due to the risks involved the operation didn't commence. Negotiations took place under the leadership of the Foreign Operations Department of the National Intelligence Organization and the hostages were released by DEASH 101 days after they were captured. It is known that the location of the hostages changed 8 times in these 101 days.

According to sources the Special Operations Battalion was disbanded not long after the hostage crisis ended.

The picture below is part of a rare photo of a photo series that captured the short history of the Special Operations Battalion.

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"TIER 1" units of the Turkish Special Forces Command have controversial history due to the alleged meddling of the units in critical internal processes for the State. The father of the Special Operations Battalion, the Combat Search & Rescue Regiment Command MAK (the role of the unit and its specialization was not limited to CSAR) was disbanded in 2014 (in the same year the Special Operations Battalion was formed) due to the allegations that the unit was involved in illegal operations in Turkiye and went out of control.

Currently the Special Forces Command possesses "TIER 1" Special Mission platoons which continue the tradition of high level of capabilities and professionalism of their "father" and "grandfather" units.

Next to the "TIER 1" SMU units of the Armed Forces we can confidently say that the National Intelligence Organization's (MIT) Special Activities Directorate possess "TIER 1" level SMU specialized according to the needs of MIT.

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Picture of Mahmut Nazik being handled by MIT.

He was captured in result of a MIT special operation in Latakia, Syria in 2018. He was one of the planners of the Assad Muhabberat bombing in Reyhanli, Turkiye in 2013 where 53 people lost their lives.

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UAE SWAT CHALLENGE DAY 1​


Police Special Operations POH Team A at 2:14:00

Police Special Operations POH Team B at 3:35:40


UAE SWAT CHALLENGE DAY 2​

Police Special Operations POH Team A at 1:55:27

Police Special Operations POH Team B at 4:46:39

 

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