Inside Enemy Territory

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Lt. Michael Murphy and Petty Officers Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson, and Marcus Luttrell

In the summer of 2005, a four-man Navy SEAL team consisting of Lt. Michael Murphy and Petty Officers Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson, and Marcus Luttrell headed out on a surveillance and reconnaissance mission near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

The goal was to disrupt activity in the region by Anti-Coalition Militia, with a primary target being Ahmad Shah, a terrorist leader with close ties to Bin Laden.

“But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.” —2 Timothy 1:12

Not long after the team’s insertion, the SEAL Team was ambushed by Shah and his group. Three of the four men were killed.

“Night Stalkers,” a special operations unit of the United States Army that provides helicopter aviation support for Special Operations Forces, was sent in to rescue the team. One of Shah’s men fired an RPG, striking the helicopter. Eight Navy SEALS and eight U.S. Army aviators were killed.

Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor. He was initially knocked unconscious and injured, but he managed to escape and was later rescued. The rescue operation was also able to recover the bodies of the fallen soldiers.

In April 2008, Shah was traveling with an Afghan refugee trader who he had kidnapped. When Shah failed to stop at a border checkpoint, he opened fire on the police and was killed in the exchange of gunfire.

None of us can know the time or the day our end will come, but we can know what will happen when that day comes. We can trust in our Savior to take care of us beyond death. Thank God today that you can know that you know Him!

SAVIOR, thank You that even though life gives no guarantees, You give a guarantee after death, if we trust in You.

A daily devotion fromstrength for service

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