After a million scrapped ideas for a follow-up battle and one that was nearly done until I realized I didn't do my research and it had happened in real-life(sigh), I decided to take a break from history and venture back to the present day so I could get another project out.
Two elite special forces units come face-to-face in this bout of contemporary counter-terrorists. Sayeret Matkal, the prime unit of the Israel Defense Forces. Versus. Joint Task Force 2, the centrepiece of Canada's counter-terrorism operations. Who is deadliest?
Joint Task Force 2
Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) is a special operations force of the Canadian Armed Forces. Regarded as the "Jewel in the Crown" of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, JTF2 is primarily tasked with counter-terrorism operations but also specializes in direct action, special reconnaissance, hostage rescue, personnel recovery, and foreign internal defence. Much of the information regarding JTF2 is classified, and is not commented on by the Government of Canada. So far the elite counter-terrorism unit, reportedly, has only lost one operative.
In 1992, Deputy Minister of Defence Robert Fowler announced that he advised Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn that he disband the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and create a new military counter-terrorism group. This decision stemmed from the fact that the military offered a greater pool of
recruits and public uproar that the police were thought to be employing lethal methods.
In 1993, JTF2 was activated with just over 100 members. Since their inception, JTF2 has been involved in various counter-terrorism operations both domestically and internationally, including several operations in the Middle East during the War on Terror, securing the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics, and acting as bodyguards for high profile Canadian officials traveling abroad.
- About 4 inches long
- Southeast Asian claw-like knife
Sig Sauer P226
FN Herstal P90
Colt Canada C8 Carbine
The Sayeret Matkal are Israel's main boots-on-the-ground special forces unit. First and foremost a field intelligence-gathering unit, conducting deep reconnaissance behind enemy lines to obtain strategic intelligence, Sayeret Matkal is also tasked with counter-terrorism and hostage rescue beyond Israel's borders. The unit is modeled after the British Army's Special Air Service.
In 1954, Israel's first special operations unit—Unit 101—was disbanded following the outcry provoked by the Qibya massacre. This left the IDF without a dedicated special-forces unit other than the Navy's Shayetet 13, a naval commando unit which could not fully replace Unit 101. In 1957, Avraham Arnan petitioned the IDF to create a unit that could be dispatched to enemy-held territory to carry out top secret intelligence-gathering missions. Prospective
fighters were to be hand-picked, being physically and intellectually the best soldiers available. Originally part of Aman's Unit 157, Sayeret Matkal began to operate independently a year later as the General Staff's special operations force. Established a year after the formation of Israel's first helicopter squadron, the close co-operation between the two units allowed Sayeret Matkal to deploy longer and deeper inside Arab territory than its predecessor. Arnan's vision for Sayeret Matkal was of a unit that would carry out strategic intelligence-gathering and other operations; as such it would receive its missions only from the General Staff. Sayeret Matkal would also evaluate new weapons and doctrines that could influence the entire IDF.
Although a top secret unit, Sayeret Matkal has had tremendous influence of the IDF as a whole and has participated in many high-profile hostage rescue and counter-terrorist operations around the globe with differing levels of success.
- knife that originated with the U.S. marine corps in WWII
- clip-point blade, about 7 inches
IWI X-95 Micro-Tavor
JTF2 90 Sayeret Matkal 81
The average Sayeret Matkal operative, though highly trained, is a young conscript. Joint Task Force 2 has operatives that, on average, have more years of experience, despite the unit only being 27 years old. Likewise, Joint Task Force 2 is a NATO force and thus is not only very active but has also fought in a wide variety of environments. JTF2 played a relevant role in Bosnia, Haiti, and Afghanistan just to name a few. Sayeret Matkal rarely leaves the immediate vicinity of Israel and, for political reasons, are not part of the coalition forces active in the Middle East.
JTF2 95 Sayeret Matkal 93
Sayeret Matkal is first and foremost an intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance unit. Their combat operations rely heavily upon meticulous planning and the element of surprise. Obviously, both are elite organizations dependent on secrecy but the JTF2 are likely less hampered by an engagement they have little prep time for. Sayeret Matkal remains incredibly close behind, however, easily buoyed by intense psychological and physical evaluations.
Morale or Motivation
JTF2 91 Sayeret Matkal 96
Despite the wider variety of engagements that JTF2 sees, Sayeret Matkal likely sees more direct threats to their homeland on the regular. As a result, their morale is likely more extremist and fanatical than the JTF2.
Full weapons edges or a fleshed-out paragraph will count as a vote.
I didn't list protection because I figure it wouldn't be necessary if they're both primarily using kevlar vests.
Battle will be a classic five-on-five: five Joint Task Force 2 commandos vs. five Sayeret Matkal operatives.
Will take place in neutral territory, specifically a nondescript and unpopulated urban warehouse.
The dry desert wind did little to cool the slow-moving Canadians trekking through the arid streets. Not a sound could be heard save for the distant shifting of rubble in the shelled-out buildings and the howl of the breeze as it ran through the ruins. Four of the commandos briskly made their way to the chainlink fence surrounding their target and got to work on the padlock at the entrance. The fifth hangs back and cuts through an open door in a residence nearby. He quickly scans the surroundings. Confident that no one is nearby, he nods to himself and rises to the top of the stairs. A large chunk is missing in what used to be the bedroom wall. Smiling at his luck, he quickly sets up his TAC-50 and racks the bolt closed, keeping a steady eye on the warehouse.
Elsewhere, five operatives of the elusive Sayeret Matkal have already cleared out the warehouse and are at work attempting to place who exactly the militant occupants were. Four of the operatives are searching the warehouse, uncovering numerous crates full of assault rifles, submachine guns, and explosives. The lead rummages through the pockets of the assailants, searching for any clue as to who they were and why they attacked the city. He sighs resignedly to himself, questioning why he had to be conscripted to chase monsters. The young man is interrupted in his rumination by the distant noise of a metal hinge swinging open. He initially dismisses it but hesitates when the noise is followed by the scrape of boots across gravel. He grips the polymer of his Glock firmly while bringing the attention of the others to the noise.
Four of Joint Task Force 2's commandos make their way across the lot to the entrance. The lead jiggles the handle only to find it locked. Backing up a few steps, he kicks the door open, breaking into a dark room filled with crates, dilapidated ceiling fans, and rusty catwalks. Isolated beams of sunlight break through the scant windows above the catwalks. Industrial lights line the ceiling but seem to have long been in disuse. The ones that remain glimmer faintly and die down in inconsistent patterns. The lead commando stops dead in his tracks and the rest follow suit when they lock eyes with a silhouette on the catwalk. The figure is difficult to see in the lighting but the stock of a marksman rifle is visible pressed against his shoulder. The task force had not been informed about any allied or NATO forces in the area. The Israeli operative wraps his index around the trigger...
The task force commando flinches. Yet it is not he who falls. The Joint Task Force 2 members all dive to cover behind various crates as the .50 BMG of the TAC-50 vaporizes the marksman's skull in a mist.
The arsenals were pretty even across the board. As a result, the greater worldwide involvement and experience of Joint Task Force 2 proved to be the deciding factor.