A declassified document provides background information about the Intelligence Support Activity (ISA), a little known intelligence gathering unit that collects tactical intel for Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and other Special Operations units. While units like SEAL Team Six hog the headlines, smaller compartmentalized organizations slide below the radar.
That said, ISA has had some light shed on it due to activities during the global war on terror, some good, some bad. In recent years a comic book about the unit has even been published. In the following document, a brief unit history is given describing how Field Operations Group was created to participate in Operation Snow Bird (the follow-up to the failed 1980 Operation Eagle Claw) which then led to the creation of a permanent unit called ISA.
Although there are some redactions, towards the end of the document there is mention made of an ISA operation in Sudan. Not mentioned in the document is that this was actually the first ever joint Delta Force/ISA operation.
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