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  • Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer's memoir

    09/25/2010 7:16:24 PM PDT · by Justaham · 55 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | 9-25-10 | Chris Lawrence and Padma Rama
    Washington (CNN) -- The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday. "DoD decided to purchase copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham said. In a statement to CNN, Cunningham said defense officials observed the September 20 destruction of about 9,500 copies of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer's new memoir "Operation Dark Heart." Shaffer says he was notified Friday about the Pentagon's purchase. "The whole...
  • US: Dead in Afghan chopper crash were all American

    09/23/2010 2:17:13 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 10 replies ^ | 9/23/2010 | ERIC TALMADGE
    9 killed, 3 hurt in Afghanistan chopper crash KABUL, Afghanistan – All nine troops killed in the worst helicopter crash for the coalition in Afghanistan in four years were Americans, the Pentagon has confirmed without providing further information on why the aircraft carrying Navy special forces went down.
  • Stig was SAS hero (Racing driver for UK TV's Top Gear taught 'escape & evade' driving to SAS Troops)

    09/01/2010 9:43:09 PM PDT · by Stoat · 35 replies
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | September 2, 2010 | DUNCAN LARCOMBE, Defence Editor, LEIGH HOLMWOOD, Deputy TV Editor, and RYAN SABEY
    EXCLUSIVE Stig was SAS Hero  RACING driver Ben Collins, unmasked yesterday as Top Gear mystery man The Stig, is a former member of the SAS. Ben trained SAS heroes in daring "escape and evade" driving skills while serving with the regiment, The Sun can reveal.     No more mystery nice guy ... Ben Collins aka The Stig   Millions of viewers have seen the race ace coaching celebrities on how to achieve the fastest time around a TV circuit in Top Gear's reasonably-priced car. But sources close to the special forces unit - motto Who Dares Wins - last night...
  • Decorated Little Creek-based SEAL dies in Afghanistan

    08/20/2010 8:34:07 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | 8-21-10 | Cindy Clayton
    highly decorated Navy SEAL from Virginia Beach died Wednesday from injuries sustained in combat operations in eastern Afghanistan, the Navy said Friday. Chief Special Warfare Operator Collin Trent Thomas, 33, was shot while deployed with a SEAL team based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. As is customary in operations involving the elite commando units, the Navy released no other details about the circumstances of his death
  • Special forces relieve pressure in Afghan valley (backed by "Spectre" C-130 gunship/commandos)

    07/27/2010 8:30:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/10 | Rob Taylor
    OUTPOST NOLEN, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Elite U.S. special forces soldiers are relieving insurgent pressure on American outposts in the volatile Arghandab Valley with a series of night attacks on suspected Taliban hideouts. The raids, backed by a "Spectre" C-130 gunship and Afghan commandos, began four days ago in the village of Khosrow Sofla, and followed weeks of near-daily attacks by insurgents on American bases near the town of Jelawar. "We considered it an area of Taliban sanctuary, or at least of tacit or semi-permissive support," said U.S. Army Major Brendan Raymond, of Woodbridge, Virginia. Last month, the U.S. military said...
  • Obama secretly deploys US special forces to 75 countries across world

    06/04/2010 1:41:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies · 1,468+ views
    Obama secretly deploys US special forces to 75 countries across world Tim Reid and Michael Evans, Washington President Obama has secretly implemented a huge increase in the number of US special forces carrying out search-and-destroy missions against al-Qaeda around the world, with American troops now operating in 75 countries. The dramatic expansion in the use of special forces, which in their global span go far beyond the covert missions authorised by George W. Bush, reflects how aggressively the President is pursuing al-Qaeda behind his public rhetoric of global engagement and diplomacy. When Mr Obama took office US special forces were...
  • Holographic Sights for SOCOM M4s

    05/31/2010 6:05:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 45 replies · 968+ views
    Defense Industry Daily ^ | 5/31/2010 | Defense Industry Daily
    -3 Communications subsidiary EOTech, Inc. in Ann Arbor, MI received a $25 million sole-source, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract, to provide their optical sighting system for U.S. Special Operations Command’s M4A1 carbines. Work will be performed in Ann Arbor, MI and is expected to be complete by May 2015. $262,636 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year, on Sept 30/10. The US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in Crane, IN manages this contract (N00164-10-D-JN68). EOTech offers a unique technology, thanks to its Holographic Weapon Sight. The firm says that their night-vision compatible sight combines ranging and aiming...
  • US/S.KOREA has joint commando rescue plan for S. Korea workers stuck on N. Korean side at Kaesong

    05/29/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 126 replies · 4,913+ views
    This is a link to the original Japanese story just now.Rather sketchy and breaking, but will synopsize main points into English as thus:There is the large Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea for manufacturing products, which is just across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from the truce village of Panmunjom, jointly run by North and South Korea. You can clearly see this development from overlook vantage points on hills located around Panmunjom. There are a number of South Korean managers and employers there on-site as we speak. At this time, they are apparantly not free to leave.N. Korea is threatening to...
  • Petraeus Orders US Spies To Prepare For Anti-Nuclear Strike On Iran

    05/26/2010 6:04:26 AM PDT · by Fennie · 50 replies · 1,485+ views
    The Times ^ | May 26, 2010 | Giles Whittell and Michael Evans, Washington
    Teams of American special forces have been authorised to conduct spying missions intended to pave the way for a military strike on Iran in case President Obama orders one, US government sources have confirmed. The military units would penetrate Iranian territory to reconnoitre potential nuclear targets and make contact with friendly dissident groups, according to a secret directive written by General David Petraeus. The document's existence was disclosed for the first time yesterday. It authorises an expansion in the use of US special forces throughout the Middle East, US officials said. However, it is the possibility of American troops operating...
  • Special Forces Veteran Says 'No' to Courageous Restraint Medal for Troops Who Don't Shoot

    05/20/2010 11:30:09 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 15 replies · 696+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 5-20-10 | Bob McCarty
    Jake Johnson is a veteran with more than a decade of Special Operations experience. Recently, I asked him about the so-called “Courageous Restraint Medal”.
  • Afghan prosecutor issues arrest warrant for US army officer over police killing

    05/16/2010 4:51:55 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 6 replies · 817+ views ^ | 05/16/2010 | Stephen Grey
    An Afghan prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for an American special forces commander over allegations that a police chief was murdered by a US-trained militia. Brigadier General Ghulam Ranjbar, the chief military prosecutor in Kabul, has accused the US of creating an outlaw militia which allegedly shot dead Matiullah Qateh, the chief of police in the city of Kandahar. The militia, which Ranjbar claimed is armed and trained by US special forces, also allegedly killed Kandahar's head of criminal investigations and two other officers, when they attempted to free one of their members from a courthouse. "We lost one...
  • Special ops forces face helicopter shortage

    04/29/2010 8:19:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 484+ views
    Government Executive ^ | 4/28/2010 | Megan Scully
    Military officials on Tuesday acknowledged a helicopter shortfall plaguing Special Operations Forces, but said the Defense Department has a long-term plan to fill gaps in the in-demand force's aviation inventory. The unpredictable security environment, with heavy deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last several years, have strained special operators' helicopter assets, Gary Reid, deputy assistant Defense secretary for special operations and combating terrorism, told the House Armed Services Terrorism and Unconventional Threats Subcommittee. The shortfall was exacerbated by early delays in fielding the Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft, as well as delays in modifying some of the special...
  • Navy SEAL cleared in Iraq prisoner abuse case

    04/22/2010 3:46:41 AM PDT · by csvset · 95 replies · 2,625+ views
    AP via Pilotonline ^ | 22 April 2010 | AP
    <p>A U.S. military jury has cleared a Navy SEAL in an abuse case involving an Iraqi prisoner accused of masterminding an attack that left four Blackwater security contractors dead.</p> <p>1st Petty Officer Julio Huertas, 28, was the first of three Navy SEALs to go on trial for the alleged assault. He was not accused of abusing the prisoner but of failing to safeguard him and attempting to influence the testimony of another service member.</p>
  • Free All The SEALs From Travesty

    04/22/2010 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 452+ views ^ | April 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    <p>Military Justice: The first of three Navy SEALs charged with abusing a captured jihadist has been cleared. Why has this administration taken the word of terrorists and let American heroes twist in the wind?</p> <p>The acquittal of Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, 29, of Blue Island, Ill., by a six-member U.S. military jury in Baghdad on Thursday is good news and the correct verdict.</p>
  • Government Informant: Delta Force Involved In Waco Shoot-Out (1999)

    04/19/2010 6:06:14 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 107 replies · 4,713+ views
    September 6, 1999 WASHINGTON--A former government officer has told investigators that members of the secret Army unit Delta Force said they participated in a shoot-out during the final assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. The witness, according to congressional sources, has already named names; and will soon offer his account under oath! The development caused panic and confusion at the top levels of the Justice Department and the FBI over the holiday weekend, leaving one top official scrambling for details. FBI Director Freeh has demanded a full briefing, one agency source divulged late...
  • Special Forces in Iraq to Remain through Drawdown

    04/01/2010 5:17:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 164+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 1, 2010 – U.S. special operations forces in Iraq will remain at current levels even as the number of American troops there is nearly halved over the next five months, the top special operations commander said today. As the 98,000-strong force in Iraq is reduced to 50,000 by Aug. 31 in accordance with a U.S.-Iraqi agreement, roughly 4,500 special operations forces will maintain a presence there, military officials said. “The special operations forces are not experiencing a drawdown in Iraq,” said Navy Adm. Eric Olson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. “Supporting them is a continuing mission of...
  • S.O.S. — Save Our (Navy) Seals

    03/05/2010 4:50:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 852+ views ^ | March 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Military: Two U.S. congressmen take the lead in proclaiming the obvious — that those who attack this country should be punished and not those who risk their lives to defend it. The Navy SEALs are a special breed of patriot and warrior. This highly trained and select group — the best of the best — is a daily participant in the long twilight struggle against the enemies of freedom that President Kennedy warned us about. Kennedy formally created the SEAL (sea, air, land) outfit as an elite force capable of combat operations in any environment. It was a team of...
  • US Marines Airdropped Into Taliban-Held Territory

    02/19/2010 1:33:45 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies · 787+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 19, 2010 | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU
    Elite Marine recon teams were dropped behind Taliban lines by helicopter Friday as the U.S.-led force stepped up operations to break resistance in the besieged insurgent stronghold of Marjah. About two dozen Marines were inserted before dawn into an area where skilled Taliban marksmen are known to operate, an officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.
  • 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:
  • WAR UPDATE: Afghan and Allied Forces Begin to Secure Taliban Stronghold (New developments)

    02/13/2010 11:48:45 AM PST · by ksm1 · 85 replies · 3,829+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 13, 2010, 2:29 P.M. ET | MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS in Marjah, Afghanistan and MATTHEW ROSENBERG in Kabul
    MARJAH, Afghanistan -- U.S., Afghan and British troops were in the early stages of securing the town of Marjah Saturday, with thousands of infantrymen moving in on foot after helicopter-born soldiers seized two central shopping bazaars. The airborne troops landed before dawn, opening the first major military push in the latest surge of U.S. and allied forces into Afghanistan. So far, the troops have encountered only hit-and-run resistance from Taliban fighters, who have been taking potshots from compounds before moving out as the allied troops returned fire. Afghan officials said five Taliban had been killed; there was no word on...