ALEX QUADE COVERS PJs & URBAN COMBAT RESCUE

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With news of ISIL hostage-taking, especially the Jordanian fighter pilot, as well as Pentagon talk of Special Operations Combat Search & Rescue teams possibly deploying to Iraq in the future, should Congress approve President Obama’s request for new war powers in the region — our editorial team thought War Reporter Alex Quade’s background pieces on Combat Search & Rescue worth revisiting. In this segment, Alex shares her experiences covering those Air Force Special Operations Forces who perform Combat Search & Rescue (CSAR) behind enemy lines in urban environments.

Alex originally produced a six-part special series for CNN a few years ago, on PJs (pararescuemen) and SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance & Escape) — which U.S. troops, especially pilots, go through to try to avoid capture by the enemy. Alex’s background pieces provide timely information, in light of recent news.