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  • Pentagon sends jets, warning as Syria bombs near US-backed Kurds

    08/19/2016 12:11:41 PM PDT · by amorphous · 32 replies
    RT.Com ^ | 19 August 2016 | Jamie McIntyre
    Two Syrian Su-24 jets struck Kurdish positions in and near Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, on Thursday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters. The US-led coalition scrambled planes near the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, after Syrian SU-24 airplanes dropped bombs “dangerously near” the US Special Forces operators embedded with the Kurdish YPG militia in the area. The strike came close to US Special Forces operators, who were embedded with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), comprised of the Kurdish YPG and local Arab militias. When the strikes began, the “coalition forces on the ground” tried reaching the Syrian jets...
  • SOF Goes Digital; Last Print Edition April 2016

    03/10/2016 4:59:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The April, 2016, edition will be the final print edition of Soldier of Fortune magazine.  The magazine was started in 1975 by Robert K. Brown, and has been a resounding success.  The end of the print edition does not mean the end of SOF.  It means that SOF has made the successful transition from dead tree status to that of totally recycled electrons.  Not many publications have been able to make such a successful transition.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the SOF website had 430,000 unique visitors in January, and has almost a million followers on facebook.  From...
  • Soldier of Fortune magazine to stop publishing after 40 years

    03/01/2016 6:39:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 61 replies ^ | March 1, 2016 | Chris Eger
    Soldier of Fortune magazine to stop publishing after 40 years Long the beacon in the newsstand for those who yearned to meet interesting people in far off lands- and maybe get into a firefight with them, will fade away to digital only starting in April. Founded by renowned international man of mystery, Vietnam-era Green Beret Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown, "The Journal of Professional Adventurers" based in Boulder, Colorado will no longer appear in print form moving forward
  • Email Bombshell: Benghazi Response Teams Deliberately Stopped By Whitehouse

    01/26/2016 6:16:44 PM PST · by Utilizer · 55 replies
    FUNKER530 ^ | first published on January 12, 2016 | Will
    For years, the Obama Administration has stood behind two excuses (given under oath) for not sending a quick reaction force to assist in rescuing American citizens during the Sept. 11, 2012 al Qaeda-linked attacks on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The first excuse being: There were no forces available that could have responded quickly. The second reason was: Even if they had scrambled more people, they couldn't have gotten there in time to make a difference. Now, an email, hidden for three years, has come to light and...
  • The tiny pin pricks of war

    12/01/2015 7:37:36 PM PST · by pboyington · 11 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 1, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that 200 special operations troops are heading to Iraq. Approximately 200 special operations forces, including intelligence personnel, pilots to position them, mechanics to maintain their aircraft, a quick reaction force and other support personnel in addition to the main assault force are headed to Iraq in the next few weeks as part of the new “specialized expeditionary targeting force” according to a U.S. official. A separate senior U.S. official said that capturing senior ISIS leaders would be an important component of the new assault force’s mission to learn more about ISIS networks as...
  • Special Ops Commander Demands Pentagon Stop Exposing Operations

    01/27/2016 4:23:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/27/16 | Morgan Chalfant
    President Obama’s nominee to head U.S. Central Command recently penned a memo to Defense Secretary Ash Carter demanding that the Pentagon stop discussing the operations of elite American troops. Foreign Policy, which obtained an excerpt of the memo, reported that Gen. Joseph Votel, currently the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, wrote the December 8 memo to express concern about the Obama administration’s exposure of special operations forces’ activities. “I am concerned with increased public exposure of SOF activities and operations, and I assess that it is time to get our forces back into the shadows,” Votel wrote to Carter....
  • Rescue Interrupted (Benghazi, Attkisson, video)

    01/10/2016 8:49:59 PM PST · by TigersEye · 82 replies
    Full Measure News ^ | January 10th 2016 | Sharyl Attkisson
    An email hidden from public view for three years reveals a rescue attempt was interrupted. The military offered to deploy Special Forces to Benghazi during the assault, long before the attackers killed CIA contractors and former Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Ty Woods. Three and a half hours into the eight-hour long siege, the military's Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash emails top State Department officials: "we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a SOF [Special Operations Forces] element that was in Croatia."
  • Libya militia chases away US troops

    12/18/2015 4:37:10 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12-18-2015 | BBC News
    US forces flown to Libya to support government troops had to leave after landing because of demands from a local militia group, US officials say. It follows reports that 20 US special forces troops, equipped with advanced weaponry, landed on Monday at an airbase in western Libya. The troops chose to leave "in an effort to avoid conflict", a US Africa Command (Africom) spokesman told the BBC.
  • Snowmobile/Motorcyle Maker Polaris + NASCAR Tech = Cutting Edge Special Ops Vehicle 'DRAGOR'

    10/16/2014 3:14:16 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 27 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Apparently getting out of the jet-ski business opened up far greener pastures in the high-tech, 21st-century military vehicle market for Minnesota-based snowmobile/ATV/electric vehicle manufacturer Polaris(who also produce Victory and Indian big bikes through their motorcycle subsidiary). First they concocted a clever 2-man mini-jeep -the Polaris MV850- with computer-designed tires that require no air, able to operate even after sustaining damage from gunfire or shrapnel. They've also spun-out a line of small, lightweight military support/patrol vehicles loosely-based on their existing consumer products, including the MRZR in both 2-man and 4-man configurations. But NOW they're getting serious: aiming for a Pentagon light-vehicle...
  • Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? [GERMAN SF ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ]

    09/02/2014 8:46:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? The Pentagon is denying that U.S. troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq—but eyewitness accounts and Kurdish officials tell a different story. ZUMAR, Iraq — The role of American Special Operations Forces in Iraq has remained hidden even while the U.S. air war expands. As momentum against ISIS picks up, they may be emerging from the shadows. In a pitched battle on Monday, Kurdish Peshmerga, backed by American airpower and what appeared to be U.S. troops, struck at ISIS positions in the strategic crossroads of Zumar.Scenes from...
  • US Airstrikes Done With Peshmerga Coordination [US Advisers Working With Peshmerga In Battles]

    08/11/2014 9:49:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 10.08.2014 | Hawar Abdulrazaq
    Smokes rise from US shelling near Khazir in Northern Iraq News / Kurdistan US Airstrikes Done With Peshmerga Coordination 10.08.2014   Hawar Abdulrazaq BasNews, Erbil   The Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry has said that from now on they will have a daily press conference to inform the Kurdistan public of new developments to prevent the circulation of propaganda and false information.   Halgord Hikmat, the spokesman for the Peshmerga Ministry told BasNews from Erbil, that the recent US airstrikes in the Makhmur and Mosul regions against Islamic State (IS) Militants had inflcited huge loses on the extremist group.  ...
  • Clinton Was Leading Champion of Iraq Withdrawal - Saw no need for status of forces agreement

    06/13/2014 8:15:51 AM PDT · by maggief · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 13, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a leading and outspoken supporter of the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq and even defended the White House’s controversial failure to reach a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government. Team Obama’s decisions in Iraq are coming under intense criticism from experts and lawmakers across the political spectrum in light of the seizure of key Iraqi cities by a violent Muslim extremist group that is seeking to transform the nation into a strict Islamic state. Clinton emerged as one of the top supporters of the withdrawal and defended...
  • The Worrisome Future of Special Operation Forces (Common Core to be applied to Navy SEALS, etc.)

    03/23/2014 5:56:52 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies ^ | Mar 23, 2014 | Daniel Pipes
    I just had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with a Council on Foreign Relations group at the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Its commander, the famed Admiral William H. McRaven, started the briefing, followed by his staff. I expected to learn about Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and their air force and marine counterparts. I thought I would hear about the exploits of this 67,000-strong command operating in 84 countries, maybe even about the taking down of Osama bin Laden. But that was not to be. Instead, he and the other officers...
  • "Rogue"U.S. General Arrested for Activating Special Forces Teams; Ignoring Libya Stand-Down Order

    10/29/2012 12:12:26 PM PDT · by tselatysr · 63 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-10-29 11:25:35 | PinkTeaPatriot
    The official story surrounding the events of September 11, 2012 in Bengzahi, Libya which left four Americans dead, has now officially fallen apart.After numerous flips and flops by the Obama administration, which originally attempted to paint the incident as a Muslim outcry over an anti-Islamic video, whistle blowers throughout the U.S. government, including within the White House, the State Department, national intelligence agencies and the U.S.military have made available stunning details that suggest not only did operational commanders have live visual and audio communications from drones overhead and intelligence assets on the ground, but that some commanders within the military...
  • Lions Lead By Lambs: Washington’s Special Operations Power Grab

    07/13/2012 7:31:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Brandon Webb
    Occasionally I’ll read something that will just make me pause and say “WTF, over”. Today was one of those days, thanks to Linda Robinson and her weak Congressional testimony. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Special Operations is the new conventional force in the 21st Century. The entire DOD organization has shifted towards a Special Operations centric model. This brings both good, bad and ugly to US SOCOM. * The Good: increased funding and special programs. * The Bad: political piggy backing on the community and installing “oversight” committees that put too much weight on the branches of the...
  • Russia, U.S. to Hold Anti-terror Drills in May

    04/26/2012 8:42:03 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 25 replies ^ | 4/20/2012 | Xinhua
    Airborne troops from Russia and the Untied States would hold joint anti-terror drills in the U.S. state of Colorado between May 24 and 31, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Col. Alexander Kucherenko said on Thursday. According to the spokesman, it will be the first time that the Russian airborne forces have held exercises with the U.S. airborne forces on the U.S. territory. "According to the exercise scenario, soldiers of the two countries will hold a tactical airborne operation, including the reconnaissance of imaginary terrorists' camp and a raid," Kucherenko said. "After the operation, a helicopter will evacuate the soldiers,"...
  • Report: Russian Troops to ‘Seize’ CIA Facility in Elaborate War Game… on U.S. Soil

    04/26/2012 7:37:15 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies ^ | April 26, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    According to reports, the U.S. and Russian military will be engaging in an anti-terrorism exercise that will involve Russian paratroopers using U.S. weapons to “take and hold” the main facilities of the CIA and Denver International Airport in Colorado and the National Security Agency in Utah. (Related: Learn about the hypothetical ‘war games’ the U.S. and China have been playing) The European Union Times has more on the report announcing this exercise from the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation: Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Alexander Kucherenko publically announced this 24-21 May “anti-terror drill” this Friday past noting that this...
  • USASOC pays tribute to fallen SOF members

    05/29/2011 7:59:28 PM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 2 replies
    US Army Special Operations Command ^ | MAY 27, 2011 | Sgt. Marcus Butler
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 27, 2011) — The United States Army Special Operations Command paid tribute to fallen comrades killed in combat during the past year with a somber ceremony at Meadows Memorial Plaza, May 26. The ceremony was the culmination of a full day all-star treatment for the Gold Star families of 30 Army Special Operation Soldiers killed during combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland Jr., Commanding General, USASOC, addressed an audience of more than 500 fellow Soldiers, family members, friends and special guests. “We are here to honor a...
  • ‘Project Gunwalker’ reporters to receive freedom award

    04/05/2011 5:02:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 April, 2011 | David Codrea
    Always on the make for the “show case” case to justify their existence and requests for ever increasing budgets,” Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown writes about ATF management in the June Soldier of Fortune magazine, “this travesty, named ‘Project Gun Runner’ ranks right up there with their wretched blunders at Waco and Ruby Ridge, along with the recent attempt to entrap Laotian freedom fighters. ATF spokesmen lamely justify such stupidity, saying they were trying to use this smuggling effort as a means to bring down a major cartel. Though they never explain ‘how’ giving the cartels small arms would result...
  • The Unauthorized Third Leg of the Troika

    12/08/2010 12:31:24 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 3 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 8 December 2010 | DJ Elliott
    Disclaimer: This is a speculation piece. If 60 percent of this turns out correct, I will consider it good. Until (if) the Counter-terrorism Law is passed and a legal structure authorized, this force is limited to what the Prime Minister’s Emergency Fund can support.] Unity of command is stressed by militaries because; divided command structures have cost battles and wars throughout history. So why are militaries, especially ground forces, not unified? There is a rarely discussed factor about military organization and why it is almost always divided. "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." Concentration of military power in one organization,...
  • Soldier of Fortune Turns 35 – an Exceptional Magazine and Much More

    10/16/2010 6:31:06 AM PDT · by unspun · 14 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | October 16, 2010 | James Simpson
    Like most things unapologetically conservative and unapologetically pro-American, Soldier of Fortune magazine has been pilloried for years by the organized Left’s venomously anti-American press and culture. But SOF, founded in 1975 by decorated Special Forces veteran and lifelong adventurer, Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown (USAR - Ret.), stands out as a singular example of American exceptionalism in print media. But that the rest were half as good. SOF is more than that too, for unknown to most people, Soldier of Fortune magazine and its staff of intrepid reporters – almost all with special operations backgrounds, some who paid the ultimate...
  • The SOF Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) Reaches Final Milestone

    05/10/2010 10:28:42 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 64 replies · 2,401+ views
    FNH USA ^ | May 4, 2010 | FNH USA Press Release
    The SCAR is the first new assault rifle procured by the U.S. Military through a full and open competition since the M16 trials were held in the mid-1960s. (McLean, VA) —FNH USA, LLC received notification from the USSOCOM Program Executive Office—SOF Warrior (PEO—SW) that the SCAR Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) was approved and signed on April 14, 2010, moving this FN Herstal (FN) program into the Milestone C phase. This decision authorizes the production and deployment of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) MK 16 and MK 17, as well as the Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module (EGLM)...
  • Marine Corps Getting Deadlier Ammo First Developed for SCAR's

    02/16/2010 9:54:07 AM PST · by DoctorBulldog · 22 replies · 1,243+ views
    See Text | 16 FEF 2010 | Dan Lamothe
    Due to a copyright block here at FreeRepublic, I can't post an excerpt from the Navy Times. Here is the link:
  • SAS and SEALs Take Out 50 Taliban

    02/13/2010 9:24:06 AM PST · by Flavius · 52 replies · 1,807+ views
    the sun ^ | 11 Feb 2010 | DUNCAN LARCOMBE
    BRITISH SAS heroes have killed up to 50 Taliban commanders in daring raids behind enemy lines. The joint attacks with US special forces over the past two weeks have helped prepare the ground for the biggest battle in Afghanistan yet - when 4,000 British troops will go into action. Read more:
  • Iraqi Special Operations Force Growing and Adding Light Armor?

    11/13/2009 9:11:18 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 18 replies · 506+ views
    Montrose Toast ^ | 13 November 2009 | DJ Elliott
    The Iraqi Special Operations Force (ISOF) is still organized and configured as reported in June. However, it appears that the ISOF is starting to form eight light armored special forces battalions. The integration of Federal Police elements into the Counter Terrorism Bureau also appears to be starting.
  • Special Operations Forces Save Lives After Bomb Attack

    05/11/2009 4:39:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 272+ views
    American Forces Press Service
    KABUL, Afghanistan, May 11, 2009 – As soon as they heard the news of the suicide bombers yesterday, a coalition Special Operations team in southern Afghanistan sprang into action. Coalition medics used any means possible including a flat-bed truck, to transport and treat the more than 20 victims of a double suicide bombing at the Gareshk bazaar in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, May 10, 2009. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The team rescued, treated and medically evacuated 19 civilians after two suicide bombers detonated themselves in the Gereshk bazaar in Helmand province, injuring 20 and killing nine....
  • Iraq strengthens the Counter Terrorism Bureau

    09/10/2008 5:49:46 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 118+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 10 September 2008 | DJ Elliott
    The Counter Terrorism Bureau, which houses much of Iraq's special operations capable forces, provides the third leg of the security forces troika.
  • SOF forces train new Afghan Commandos

    06/28/2008 10:36:26 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 141+ views
    SHINDAND AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (June 27, 2008) – The dedication in his eyes is evident as the American Special Operations warrior attentively moves up and down the row of Afghan Commandos on the firing range. He rewards a particularly good shot with an approving tap on the helmet. He seems unaware of the sweltering heat or the weight on his shoulders from the massive amount of equipment he is wearing. His only concern is for the men before him and the mission they have accepted. Afghanistan’s security and stability partially rests in the hands of the Commandos on this range....
  • U.S. Special Operations Forces kill 11 Special Groups criminals in Sadr City

    05/09/2008 5:25:32 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies · 302+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq ^ | May 9, 2008 | Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO
    BALAD, Iraq – Responding to attacks on Iraqi and Coalition forces, U.S. Special Operations Forces killed eleven Special Groups criminals in the Sadr City area of Baghdad May 9.U.S. SOF were providing security for Coalition forces who were making safety infrastructure improvements in Sadr City.During the operation, Special Groups criminals attacked Iraqi and Coalition forces with rocket propelled grenades and small-arms fire from the ground and from rooftops. U.S. SOF returned fire, killing nine. The firefight continued, and U.S. SOF authorized a Coalition aircraft to engage. The aircraft fired one Hellfire missile, killing two criminals.-30-
  • Program Molds Elite Iraqi Warfighters

    10/12/2007 5:02:21 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 4 replies · 227+ views
    Defend America ^ | 9 Oct 2007 | Master Sgt. Melissa Phillips
    For one Iraqi general, the key to building a united, non-sectarian army lies in fostering a mindset of religious and cultural tolerance among soldiers. "I will never forget the American and coalition men and women … who provided the first stepping stones for us to make our country better." Iraqi Brig. Gen. Fadhil Jameel Jameel Barwari Such a mindset is precisely what the Iraqi Operator Training Course tries to develop through a 90-day curriculum modeled after the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Course. During the course, noncommissioned officers and officers alike take advanced combat training to mitigate and stop terrorism. The...
  • Green Berets Face Hearing on Killing of Suspect in Afghan Village

    09/18/2007 8:12:33 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 60 replies · 1,842+ views
    NYT ^ | 9-18-07
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., Sept. 17 — From his position about 100 yards away, Master Sgt. Troy Anderson had a clear shot at the Afghan man standing outside a residential compound in a village near the Pakistan border last October. When Capt. Dave Staffel, the Special Forces officer in charge, gave the order to shoot, Sergeant Anderson fired a bullet into the man’s head, killing him. In June, Captain Staffel and Sergeant Anderson were charged with premeditated murder. On Tuesday, in a rare public examination of the rules that govern the actions of Special Operations troops in Afghanistan, a military hearing...
  • General faces demotion in Tillman case

    07/26/2007 8:05:45 AM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 747+ views
    AP ^ | 26 July 2007 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    Army Secretary Peter Geren is expected to recommend that a retired three-star general be demoted for his role in providing misleading information about the death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, military officials say, in what would be a stinging and rare rebuke. Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger, who headed Army special operations, is one of six high-ranking Army officers expected to get official reprimands for making critical errors in reporting the circumstances of Tillman's purported friendly-fire shooting in Afghanistan in April 2004. The officials requested anonymity because the punishments under consideration by Geren have not been made public. The Army said...
  • Kiwi wins medal in Iraq (Another Bravery Alert from DownUnder New Zealand)

    07/24/2007 1:57:57 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 12 replies · 608+ views
    Nelson Mail / Dominion Post ^ | Wednesday, 25 July 2007 | Staff Reporter
    Kiwi wins medal in Iraq The Nelson Mail | Wednesday, 25 July 2007 A Kiwi soldier who returned to Iraq on a second tour of duty has been awarded one of Britain's highest military awards for bravery under fire. Corporal Terry Knights - a former territorial solder in New Zealand - has been honoured with the Military Cross for bravery and leadership. The recognition is bitter-sweet for the soldier, who serves with the British Royal Marines. He returned home this month for his mother's funeral. His father John Knights, of Motueka, said he was very proud of his son. "When...
  • Military reviews placing special ops on U.S. soil

    06/26/2007 8:13:45 AM PDT · by BGHater · 22 replies · 710+ views
    Examiner ^ | 21 June 2007 | Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S. military command in charge of protecting the homeland asked the Pentagon earlier this year for a contingent of special operations officers to help with domestic anti-terrorism missions. Military sources told The Examiner that U.S. Northern Command, established at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado in 2002, requested its own special operations command similar to ones assigned to overseas war-fighting commands, such as U.S. Central Command. A spokeswoman for NorthCom this week issued a statement to The Examiner saying, "This capability resides in every other geographical combatant command and would allow the commander of U.S. Northern Command to deploy...
  • A Few More Good Men

    06/11/2007 6:32:38 AM PDT · by gpapa · 679+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | June 10, 2007 | Linda Robinson
    For over 40 years, Army Special Forces trainees have roamed the pine forests of central North Carolina in an elaborate and unusual military exercise known as Robin Sage. This final two-week test in a yearlong journey to receiving the trademark green beret requires the soldiers to recruit and train a guerrilla force.
  • US Navy builds Stingray-esque base in Indian Ocean[Diego Garcia]

    04/09/2007 3:15:29 AM PDT · by Dacb · 8 replies · 875+ views
    The Register ^ | 07 April 2007 | Lewis Page
    Frogmen, mini-subs to operate from nuke motherships Reports have emerged that the US Navy is upgrading its submarine base at the isolated tropical atoll Diego Garcia, which is formally British territory. The base improvements will allow its new class of SSGN nuclear submarines to operate from Diego Garcia, which is potentially noteworthy. The tiny island group is situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, giving the US and its allies access to various strategic maritime choke points such as the Straits of Hormuz – the entrance to the Gulf – and the pirate-plagued waters of the Bab-el-Mandeb at the...
  • Elite Terrorist Hunters in Iraq

    03/28/2007 5:52:56 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 22 replies · 277+ views
    Blog Washington Post ^ | 3-28-07 | William Arkin
    Elite Terrorist Hunters in Iraq U.S. "black" special operations forces in Iraq have conducted as many as 300 "takedown" operations, an activity that an influential retired general calls "simply magic." McCaffrey's report is covered today in The Washington Post. "The US Tier One special operations capability is simply magic. They are deadly in getting their target--with normally zero collateral damage--and with minimal friendly losses or injuries. Some of these assault elements have done 200-300 takedown operations at platoon level. The comprehensive intelligence system is phenomenal. We need to re-think how we view these forces. They are a national strategic system...
  • Army adds 50 names to Special Operations memorialAssociated Press (The PRICE of FREEDOM)

    05/26/2006 6:18:20 AM PDT · by 2banana · 5 replies · 669+ views
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | May 25th, 2006 | Staff
    Army adds 50 names to Special Operations memorial FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The Army Special Operations Command added 49 names of soldiers killed this year in Iraq and Afghanistan to its memorial wall, as well as the one who was killed last year but not added to the wall then. Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg. Sgt. 1st Class Victor H. Cervantes, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg. Capt. Jeremy A. Chandler, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg. Staff Sgt. Edwin H. DazaChacon, 3rd Battalion,...
  • Elite Troops Get Expanded Role on Intelligence

    03/07/2006 7:48:57 PM PST · by SevenMinusOne · 24 replies · 860+ views
    NYT ^ | 3-8-06 | THOM SHANKER
    Elite Troops Get Expanded Role on Intelligence By THOM SHANKER and SCOTT SHANE WASHINGTON, March 7 — The military is placing small teams of Special Operations troops in a growing number of American embassies to gather intelligence on terrorists in unstable parts of the world and to prepare for potential missions to disrupt, capture or kill them. Senior Pentagon officials and military officers say the effort is part of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's two-year drive to give the military a more active intelligence role in the campaign against terrorism. But it has drawn opposition from traditional intelligence agencies like...
  • How the Able Danger method bagged Saddam

    11/02/2005 7:54:03 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies · 826+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11-02-05 | John B. Dwyer
    How the Able Danger method bagged Saddam November 2nd, 2005 "We believed rightly that Saddam was in our AO (area of operations) from summer '03 on, and also believed that if he were caught, he would likely be caught in our area as in any.  We publicly stated so from June '03 onward."These words are from an e-mail Lt. Col. Steven D. Russell wrote to me recently.  He commanded Task Force 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, which was based in Tikrit, Saddam's tribal homeground, about 100 miles north of Baghdad.  It was the unit most responsible for capturing Saddam Hussein, though...
  • Special operations forces eye terrorists (Rumsfeld)

    08/13/2005 10:04:06 AM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 25 replies · 2,583+ views
    WashTimes ^ | 8/12/2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    Special operations forces eye terrorists By Rowan Scarborough THE WASHINGTON TIMES August 12, 2005 U.S. Special Operations Command has drafted a war plan that sets up procedures for how its commandos will work with other regional commands across the globe to hunt for senior Islamic terrorists. The complex plan from SoCom in Tampa, Fla., has been in the works since summer 2002, when Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed a secret directive authorizing it. His memo directed SoCom to come up with a plan for dispatching special operations forces on quick notice to virtually any spot in the world to...
  • Second Amendment Foundation calls for Main Stream Media "Waiting Periods"

    05/17/2005 10:54:43 AM PDT · by Captal de Buch · 13 replies · 719+ views
    Second Amendment Foundation ^ | May 16, 2005 | Second Amendment Foundation
    SAF CALLS FOR ‘WAITING PERIODS’ ON PRESS FOLLOWING FATAL NEWSWEEK DEBACLE For Immediate Release: 5/16/2005 BELLEVUE, WA – More than 115 dead or injured, and now a lame “apology” from Newsweek; maybe it is time for the press to accept waiting periods before exercising its First Amendment rights in the same way the press has backed waiting periods on law-abiding Americans before exercising their Second Amendment rights. That’s the observation from the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) now that Newsweek has acknowledged its report about the desecration of the Koran by soldiers at Guantanamo Bay was bogus. “I wonder if Newsweek,...
  • Navy SEALs Sue AP Over Photos

    12/29/2004 11:02:30 AM PST · by Ramonan · 44 replies · 1,520+ views
    L A Times ^ | December 29, 2004 | Tony Perry
    SAN DIEGO — Six Navy SEALs and two wives of the commandos filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Associated Press of invasion of privacy and endangering lives by distributing pictures of them with Iraqi prisoners. The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, alleges that an Associated Press reporter obtained the photographs from a private website that the wife of one of the SEALs thought was open only to individuals with a password. The wire service issued a statement supporting the reporter, Seth Hettena, assigned to the San Diego bureau, and his use of the photos in a Dec. 4...
  • Operation Viking Hammer (SOF getting it done!)

    10/13/2004 7:12:42 AM PDT · by FBRhawk · 9 replies · 794+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | Linda Robinson
    Masters of Chaos, by U.S. News Senior Writer Linda Robinson, published by PublicAffairs Books, tells the stories of the men who fight the nation's murky wars in the world's far corners. In Iraq, the Pentagon's special operations forces were critical to the capture of most of the top leaders of Saddam Hussein's regime, and they led two of three major battlefronts in the war to liberate Iraq. In one of them, in northern Iraq, Army Special Forces soldiers faced down 13 Iraqi divisions and attacked a camp believed to be harboring al Qaeda terrorists and other foreign jihadists, as well...
  • Special Operations Forces Pursue Technologies for the Urban Fight

    08/28/2004 9:51:58 PM PDT · by Southack · 6 replies · 1,235+ views
    national defense ^ | 9/04 | Roxana Tiron
    September 2004 Special Operations Forces Pursue Technologies for the Urban Fight by Roxana Tiron The U.S. Special Operations Command is charging ahead with the development of advanced sensors, ammunition and weapons tailored for urban combat. Confined spaces, hardened targets and night vision limitations are among the more critical factors driving this effort, said Army Col. Thomas Spellissy, formerly in charge of special programs at the command.The command is evaluating existing technologies from domestic and foreign producers, and commissioning separate developments for more specific requirements. Regardless of the sources, all these technologies first have to pass muster with war fighters,...
  • Luke expands forward air-control program

    03/22/2004 4:33:40 PM PST · by Spruce · 11 replies · 191+ views
    United States Air Force ^ | Mar 22, 2004 | Maj. Mark Jennings - 310th Fighter Squadron
    Luke expands forward air-control programby Maj. Mark Jennings 310th Fighter Squadron 3/22/2004 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFPN) -- Unconventional warfare can be defined as the absence of a clearly defined enemy and lacking classic lines of battle. Combining this definition with the rugged terrain of Afghanistan and Iraq, it is easy to see why commanders throughout the combat air forces are clamoring for forward air control (airborne)-capable pilots. These pilots are known as FAC-As. The airborne controller supports a ground commander by solving tactical problems using airpower. The FAC-A acts as the quarterback of a multifaceted team, which strives to destroy or...
  • Armament summit examines joint weapons communication

    03/22/2004 4:33:27 PM PST · by Spruce · 1 replies · 133+ views
    United States Air Force ^ | Mar 22, 2004 | Sarah Anne Carter
    Armament summit examines joint weapons communication by Sarah Anne Carter Air Armament Center Public Affairs 3/22/2004 - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- A global grid where information can be passed from weapons to aircraft to command and control facilities highlighted discussions at the sixth annual air armament summit here March 16 to 17. The theme of the summit that brought leaders from government, industry and academia together was, "Joining the Swords." Panel discussions were presented by groups who have spent the past 10 months researching specific topics, such as test and training, assessing the global threat environment, networking weapons and integrated planning....

    01/27/2004 11:51:08 AM PST · by yoe · 8 replies · 220+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 26, 2004 | Richard H. Shultz Jr.
    THIS IS A REPOST SINCE 9/11, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has repeatedly declared that the United States is in a new kind of war, one requiring new military forces to hunt down and capture or kill terrorists. In fact, for some years, the Department of Defense has gone to the trouble of selecting and training an array of Special Operations Forces, whose forte is precisely this. One president after another has invested resources to hone lethal "special mission units" for offensive--that is, preemptive--counterterrorism strikes, with the result that these units are the best of their kind in the world....
  • Showstoppers (How Clinton shirked his duty to protect America from al Qaeda)

    01/16/2004 9:32:38 PM PST · by quidnunc · 12 replies · 188+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 26, 2004 | Richard H. Shultz Jr.
    Nine reasons why we never sent our Special Operations Forces after al Qaeda before 9/11. Since 9/11, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has repeatedly declared that the United States is in a new kind of war, one requiring new military forces to hunt down and capture or kill terrorists. In fact, for some years, the Department of Defense has gone to the trouble of selecting and training an array of Special Operations Forces, whose forte is precisely this. One president after another has invested resources to hone lethal "special mission units" for offensive — that is, preemptive — counterterrorism strikes,...
  • Fox News: Several High Ranking Saddam Leaders Isolated In NW Iraq By SOF

    04/17/2003 7:06:20 PM PDT · by blam · 186 replies · 410+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4-17-2003 | Fox News
    Bret Baier, Fox News, just announced that US SOF have several high ranking Saddam leaders isolated in Northwest Iraq. They're trying to get into Syria. Please add additional details as they come in.