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FBI confirms elite team rescued abducted teen in Idaho

Boise - Hannah Anderson, the 16 year-old California teen who was abducted and the subject of a massive manhunt was rescued by the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team who gunned down her abductor at a remote campsite in Idaho.

FBI counter-terror team celebrates 30 years of service

Quantico - The FBI is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Hostage Rescue Team. Always ready to respond to a crisis situation, this specialized entity is America's premier SWAT team and a world renowned counter-terrorism force.

Two FBI agents killed during counter-terrorist training exercise

Virginia Beach - Two FBI special agents who were members of the prestigious Hostage Rescue Team were killed during a maritime-based counter-terrorism training exercise gone awry aboard a military freighter off the coast of Virginia Beach.

Policing war zones: The new jurisdiction of U.S. federal agents

Washington - In recent years law enforcement agents of the U.S. government have traveled to nations in conflict in support of the military and nation rebuilding and stabilization efforts. This new mission has proven extremely dangerous and even deadly.
 

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation s Hostage Rescue Team conducting training via helicopter. The FB...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team conducting training via helicopter. The FBI's Hostage Rescue Team is a law enforcement-based counter-terrorism team in the United States.
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Prepared for virtually anything  this Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) ...
Prepared for virtually anything, this Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) tactical operator stands ready to respond. A full equipped FBI HRT operator is a formidable adversary for any opponent. According to the FBI, HRT was created to "provide an effective civilian response capability and a substantial deterrent to terrorism."
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation s (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) during a training exercise in ...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) during a training exercise in the mid-1990's. In a 80's study on the world's best military and tactical law enforcement counter-terrorism teams HRT was ranked eighth out of over 100 other teams.
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FBI Hostage Rescue Team during urban warfare training.
FBI Hostage Rescue Team during urban warfare training.
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FBI HRT conducting cold weather training.
FBI HRT conducting cold weather training.
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The FBI Hostage Rescue Team  created in 1983  trains at Quantico. The team has been involved in many...
The FBI Hostage Rescue Team, created in 1983, trains at Quantico. The team has been involved in many high-profile cases and deployed on more than 200 missions in the U.S. and abroad.
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Members of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team at a tactical briefing.
Members of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team at a tactical briefing.
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FBI HRT operators have a suspect cornered during a training exercise. The Hostage Rescue Team is a c...
FBI HRT operators have a suspect cornered during a training exercise. The Hostage Rescue Team is a civilian law enforcement counter-terrorism team under the command of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - a civilian law enforcement agency.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) s Mine Resistant Ambush vehicle or MRAP. The MRAP is an ar...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s Mine Resistant Ambush vehicle or MRAP. The MRAP is an armored vehicle that can be used by the FBI's SWAT, Enhanced SWAT, and Hostage Rescue Teams to engage terrorists that are heavily-armed with high-caliber armor piercing ammunition and explosives. The MRAP is also currently in use with U.S. forces in Afghanistan where the number of troop deaths from roadside bombs have plummeted since the 2008 introduction of the thickly armored vehicle.
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FBI HRT operators rappelling from an FBI Blackhawk helicopter as seen through during a late night tr...
FBI HRT operators rappelling from an FBI Blackhawk helicopter as seen through during a late night training exercise. HRT team trains relentless during both the day and at night, regardless of weather.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation s Hostage Rescue Team executing a mock assault on a building dur...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team executing a mock assault on a building during counter-terrorism training. HRT was created to provide an effective civilian response capability to terrorism.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation s Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) conducting hostage rescue and counte...
Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) conducting hostage rescue and counter-terrorism training.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation s Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT). Members of this elite law enforceme...
Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT). Members of this elite law enforcement counter-terrorism team are commonly referred to as "operators," "operatives," or "assaulters."
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Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation s (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) holding a tactical ...
Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) holding a tactical briefing. FBI HRT is a specialized counterterrorism tactical unit created to rescue American citizens and allies who are being held by terrorists and other hostile forces.
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FBI HRT operator as seen through night vision goggles after the  arrest  of a emotionally disturbed ...
FBI HRT operator as seen through night vision goggles after the "arrest" of a emotionally disturbed man during a training exercise in Virginia. The exercise involved an emotionally disturbed and disgruntled man who was overheard by a co-worker discussing five explosive devices he had secretly placed around the nation’s capital. The subject in this training exercise was “arrested” without incident and the bombs located and safely defused.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. At the bottom of...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. At the bottom of the patch reads:"Servare Vitas" which when translated from Latin to English means "To Save Lives
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FBI HRT operators storm a large sea vessel during a maritime-based counter-terrorism exercise.
FBI HRT operators storm a large sea vessel during a maritime-based counter-terrorism exercise.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. The eagle on the...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. The eagle on the patch represents the HRT operative while the chain in its talons represent the bondage of fear, anxiety, emotional distress and psychological oppression and paralysis that terrorism causes to society. Note that the chain is severed with one section of it in each of the eagle's talons. At the bottom of the patch reads:"Servare Vitas" which when translated from Latin to English means "To Save Lives
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Members of the FBI s Hostage Rescue Team dressed in special Chemical  Biological  Radiological  and ...
Members of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team dressed in special Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) protective gear conduct training. The team considers a group of terrorists armed with a nuclear weapon inside of an American city as it's ultimate challenge and is the best prepared tactical team in civilian law enforcement to handle such a crisis. However, while nuclear weapons are the top concern, biological, radiological and chemical weapons are also very high level concerns.
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FBI HRT members practicing air assault skills.
FBI HRT members practicing air assault skills.
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