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CAB180 / Russia / PRELIMINARY MISSION DEBRIEF

T O P S E C R E T FRT BRAGG
STRONG ECHO MISSION COMMAND
#0215180919-03 – 05/10/2012
PRELIMINARY MISSION DEBRIEF

Acting on intel obtained from OPERATION COBALT, Alpha Team from the Distributed Warfare and Reconnaissance Group was dispatched to the decommissioned Chernyi Bor base located in the Western part of the Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, between Miass and Zlatoust. OPERATION COBALT had previously confirmed that a transaction between General Yuri Sokholov (still acting CO of Chernyi Bor) and Russian national Boris Chevchenko was planned at Chernyi Bor on 9 May. Both individuals had been designated as kill-or-capture targets.

Approaching the Chernyi Bor compound, Alpha Team observed the presence of heavy forces on the premises, divided between regular Russian army personel and PMC operatives. Three SUVs (with Chevchenko on board) were spotted on approach at approximately 1815 ANAST. Alpha Team neutralized posted vigils without raising alarm. At approximately 1848 ANAST, a cargo train entered the perimeter with a container. Around the same time, an encrypted communication was detected emetting from Chevchenko’s SUV, but analysts were unable to decypher its content. On 1851 ANAST, Alpha Team suffered communication breakdown due to heavy jamming. Alpha Team then confirmed the presence of a nuclear payload (a RSM-56 Bulava warhead). Both targets were neutralized, leading to red-on-red engagement. Alpha Team proceeded to secure the area, without suffering any casualties.

At 1854 ANAST, an unidentified UGCV (possibly Russian) was spotted, displaying high mobility and heavy firing capacity. Additionnally, eight (8) unidentified hostiles with camouflage technology and advanced training were spotted approaching. Alpha Team engaged the hostiles and the UGCV, resulting in 8 EKIA and one casualty. The body was disposed using phosphorus grenade, ensuring total op deniability, as per protocol.
Alpha Team had managed to spray the warheads with TTL taggant technology before attempting to defuse them. The operation was left incomplete, with only four (4) of the six (6) warheads disarmed. At 1858 ANAST, an unidentified chopper retrieved the container and the warheads. Alpha Team was unable to intervene, and left the perimeter to reach their planned evac zone.

Full review of the mission will be conducted by Colonel Ernest BERNARD at Fort Bragg. Follow-up will be issued to all concerned.

END DEBRIEF.

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