RAISE THE BLACK

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Raptor Base  KATY, TX
RAISE THE BLACK

This campaign was started by a group of retired Special Forces soldiers who worked with the Iraqi Special Operations Forces from 2004-2011. We wanted to show the world what our Iraqi brothers were doing in defense of their country.  The funds will be used to have these flags made.


Once made they will then be shipped over to Iraq to be flown  by U.S. and Iraqi Special Forces as they root out the Islamic State (Daesh) from every corner and hole that they have dug for themselves.

The flag was inspired by ISOF’s use of black uniforms and black gun trucks. Daesh has used the fear of their “black flag” for two years and it is time that was changed. We want to replace the fear of their flag, with a symbol of hope and Iraqi patriotism. Highlight the history and shared brotherhood between ISOF and the United States Special Forces.

We took the traditional pirate flag and replace the sabers with crossed arrows. The crossed arrows

Originally (from 1890 to 1926), crossed arrows were prescribed for wear by Indian Scouts. During World War II, the crossed arrows were worn as collar insignia by officers and enlisted personnel assigned to the First Special Service Force.
U.S. Special Forces Crest

“Nous Defions” has been used unofficially by Special Forces Direct Action teams since the late 70’s. ‘“Nous Defions” is a mix of ''we dare", "we threaten", "we defy". This is not just daring, but also defy and challenging everything. "Nous defions" sounds like an arrogant challenge to everybody and everything.”


Who is ISOF?

The force leading the Iraq army’s fight against ISIS went from ‘dirty division’ to golden boys

ISOF has

“…spearheaded nearly every major fight against the militants in Iraq. Their commanders have become battlefield celebrities, while popular songs praise the troops’ prowess

The force of about 10,000 men is a small bright spot in an otherwise lackluster legacy of American efforts to rebuild Iraq’s military in the 13 years since the invasion. U.S. officials say it is their most reliable partner in fighting the Islamic State on the ground, while the Iraqi army struggles with corruption and mismanagement.”


"As the Islamic State made its first sweeping advances, a group of counterterrorism troops held on for months in the face of hundreds of car bombs during a fierce siege on Iraq’s largest oil refinery.

Last year, they led the battle to retake Ramadi, sweeping east to west as federal police forces struggled to progress.

They headed operations for Hit and Rutbah and scrapped for villages along the Euphrates River.

Most recently, here in Fallujah, Golden Division commandos were the first to break through defense lines set up 2½ years ago in the city, the first in Iraq under Islamic State control.

Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, their signature black Humvees raced through neighborhoods where the militants had planted deadly roadside bombs and built networks of tunnels."


Iraq’s U.S.-trained counterterrorism troops join attack on Mosul

The elite units have been at the front of nearly every other battle against the militants in Iraq as territory has slowly been taken back from the Islamic State. The units expect to be the spearhead once more in Mosul and have about 3,000 troops involved in the operation.

“We’re the only ones with the capability,” Saedi said.


FROM "DIRTY" TO "GOLDEN"

 When the Islamic State group swept across northern and central Iraq in 2014, Iraq's security forces crumbled. Officers fled and their soldiers beat a humiliating retreat, many stripping off their uniforms and leaving their weapons and Humvees behind.

But not the special forces, who held their ground and became a source of national pride.

The CTS "retained its organizational cohesion and structure in 2014 when many other units of the Iraqi army fell apart," said David M. Witty, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces colonel and former adviser to the CTS. "The key leaders of CTS have become central figures in the Iraqi public's perception of the campaign to destroy IS."

"Dirty" no more, the 1st Brigade is now widely known as the "Golden Division."

A NON-SECTARIAN FORCE

The CTS was designed to be a non-sectarian force, with Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish members who were strictly vetted to ensure they had no ties to political factions or militias. In the early years, the force mainly battled Sunni insurgents, but it also played a lead role in a 2008 offensive against Shiite militias. Maj. Gen. Fadhil al-Barwari, who leads the Golden Brigade, is a Kurd.

The force also has a better human rights record than most of the other participants in the Mosul Offensive. An Amnesty International report released this week documenting abuses in Anbar mainly focused on state-sanctioned Shiite militias, and included only passing mention of the CTS

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Update 4
Posted by Raptor Base
1 month ago
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***RAISE THE BLACK UPDATE***

Today I placed the first order of 10 flags. Within 10 - 12 days they will arrive at my location. As soon as they arrive I will get the serial number embroidered on each of them and immediately turn around and ship them down range.

We have been working on other Raise the Black items not only to ship out but also to offer for sale. Items that are small and inexpensive but allow people to help us buy more flags and have something that will show their support. These small items help us get away from being dependent on the Gofundme and eventually become self-sufficient.

To that end I created this graphic and have ordered bumper stickers that will soon be for sale. Hopefully we will be able to start selling them sometime this week. Stay tuned for further updates on these bumper stickers.

I am also working on designing an ISOF death card that I am really excited about. I can’t tell you how excited I am for ISOF to start using them the way God intended. These we will also offer up for sale once the design and manufacturing process is complete.

Eventually the flags (minus the embroidered serial number) will be available for purchase. This is just the first step. We want to eventually be able to use this campaign to help the Iraqi Special Operations Forces and their families in many different ways.

The goals may be lofty but they all start with a black flag. A black flag that puts terror in the hearts of the savages, who invaded their country.
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Update 3
Posted by Raptor Base
1 month ago
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***UPDATE***

Thanks to you we have currently raised almost $2700. We wanted to take this time to thank everyone who has donated or supported this campaign as well as update you on what has been happening behind the scenes.

To make sure the flags meet our standards we are going to make an initial order of ten, 3 X 5 flags that will go to Iraq and U.S. Special Operations Forces and one 4 X 6 flag that we want to deliver to Major General Fadhil Jalil Barwari, the commander of Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service. This lets us test not only the manufacturer but also our supply line into Iraq.
Today I filled out the form to transfer the money into a bank account so as soon as the money arrives I will drop the order.

The unit price for ten 3 X 5 flags is $64.32 each and one 4 X 6 flag is $145.20

Ten 3 X 5 flags $643.20
One 4 X 6 $145.20
Total: $788.40

Once I have received the flags I will take them to a local embroidery shop and have a “serial number” put on them. Each flag that is sent down range will have a unique number to identify it as an official “Raise the Black” product that was sent to the boys fighting.

Once the test has been done and we have the funds we will order a batch of 50 flags. Making a larger order drops the unit price down to only $39.30 each. The Price for this order will be $1,965.00. When this happens, we will number half of them and send them down range. The rest of the flags we will offer up for public sale. The profit from these flags will then be turned around and used to support the cause of helping the Iraqi Special Operations Forces and their families.

Additionally, we are creating bumper stickers and ISOF death cards that will be added to the packages sent down range. To help raise money for this campaign and to start getting away from complete donations to the GoFundMe we will offer these items for public sale as soon as they arrive. All profit will go toward this endeavor.
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Update 2
Posted by Raptor Base
1 month ago
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U.S. Special Forces working with our brothers in the Iraqi Special Operations Forces.

Iraqi Counter Terrorism Forces (ICTF). Iraq's Tier 1 hostage rescue/Counter Terrorism and high risk Direct Action unit. Similar to the United States Delta Force.
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1 month ago
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People have been asking what the price is per flag. Our intent is to buy a minimum of 20 (the more we money we raise, the more we will order) in order to get them at the reduced price of $52.26. Here is the price listing and specifications of the flags that we plan on ordering.

Full Color Print
3' x 5' Standard Size
Horizontal Flag
Double Sided (3 Layer)
500D Polyester (Top Quality Out Side Use)
2 Grommets left

Total price for 1 flag is $142.00
The unit price for 10 flags is $64.32 each
The unit price for 20 flags is $52.26 each

The plan is also to buy a couple two sided flags that measure 4 X 6 to present to the ISOF commander, and to the U.S. Special Forces commander working with them. I doubt we will order more than a couple of the larger flags, so they will cost $145.20 each.
Custom Flags
Full Color Print
4' x 6'
Horizontal Flag
Double Sided (3 Layer)
500D Polyester (Top Quality Out Side Use)
2 Grommets left

Total price for 1 flag is $145.20
The unit price for 10 flags is $71.55 each
The unit price for 20 flags is $55.22 each
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Gabriel Gambino
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Raptor 2007-2008, love this

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Frank Haskell
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I read on the Washington Post page this was a fund raiser for the families of SF? How do you help fund raise?

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Created February 10, 2017
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Gabriel Gambino
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Raptor 2007-2008, love this

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Frank Haskell
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I read on the Washington Post page this was a fund raiser for the families of SF? How do you help fund raise?

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