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  • Missing U.S. commando found dead in Niger desert two days after deadly ambush

    10/07/2017 5:29:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    L A Times ^ | 10/06/2017 | W. J. Hennigan
    According to the Pentagon, the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, otherwise known as an “A-Team,” went on a routine patrol Wednesday afternoon with about 20 troops from the Niger Armed Forces when they came under heavy fire. Officials said a barrage of machine gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades from about 50 militants forced the U.S. and Nigerien troops into defensive positions near the border with Mali. The fire peppered the troops’ trucks and shattered windows before they could regroup and fire back. The soldiers called in support from French attack helicopters and fighter jets. It’s not clear whether the aircraft...
  • Russian Il-76 “Candid” Modified To Support Special Operations Conducts Flight Test Over ...

    10/03/2017 8:53:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Oct 03 2017 | David Cenciotti
    A really interesting aircraft was spotted conducting flight testing over the Black Sea on Sept. 26, 2017: the Il-76MD-90A “78650”, the first “Candid” modified to carry out special operations. According to the Russian media outlet “Izvestia” the example “78650” is a flying testbed for a heavily modified Il-76MD-90A variant equipped with “unique on-board radio-electronic systems that would allow the aircraft to stealthily deliver paratroopers and special forces behind the enemy lines, remaining invisible and invulnerable to the enemy.” How the aircraft can evade radars and remain invisible is unclear, anyway, the experimental Candid can be distinguished from the baseline IL-76MD-90A...
  • Lockheed Unveils New Super Versatile Special Operations C-130 Variant

    06/21/2017 4:00:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 20, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The C-130's legacy as the do everything air hauler is well cemented into the annals of aviation and military history. But over 60 years after it first flew, the iconic design just keeps getting better. Today it's all about multirole platforms, where one aircraft can execute many different missions. For much of its life, the USAF has fielded tricked-out special operations variants of the mighty Hercules, and in recent years, bolt-on systems have given the most mild-mannered Hercules incredible new capabilities—from surveillance to close air support. Now Lockheed is rolling all the modular versatility it can into a single exportable...
  • 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
    Guns.com ^ | 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
    DanielPipes.org ^ | 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
    sofrep.com ^ | 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
    CRIEnglish.com ^ | 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
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | 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...