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  • Meet the Kurdish woman leading battle against IS in northern Syria

    06/02/2017 5:34:55 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | June 2, 2017 | Massoud Hamed (TranslatorSami-Joe Abboud)
    Rojda Felat, the commander of a US-backed operation by Kurdish and Arab fighters to capture the Syrian city of Raqqa, uses a walkie-talkie near the Tabqa Dam, west of Raqqa, Syria, March 30, 2017. TABQA, Syria — Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, when the peaceful conflict turned into a military one, Kurdish factions have been working for change in Syria. A large number of the fighters in the Kurdish factions have been female, and they have gained considerable experience in leading battles against the Islamic State (IS). Rojda Felat, one of the top commanders...
  • U.S.-backed assault on Raqqa to last months, commander says

    03/31/2017 7:50:34 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 31, 2017 | Rodi Said
    Commander Rojda Felat (Reuters) - A U.S.-backed offensive to capture the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State will last a number of months, the operation's commander said, a longer timeframe than previously signalled by the Kurdish YPG militia that is at the heart of the campaign. Rojda Felat spoke to Reuters near the Taqba Dam some 40 km (25 miles) west of Raqqa, a major focus of the "Euphrates Wrath" campaign by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that groups the YPG and allied Arab militia fighters. A member of the YPG, Felat is one of around 1,000 women taking...
  • Coalition general says SDF forces to take Raqqa from ISIS, not Turkey

    02/16/2017 3:59:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 16, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Major General Rupert Jones, UK deputy commander of the Coalition forces against ISIS, said that most likely the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will take Raqqa, and not the Turkey-led groups that are currently fighting in al-Bab.“The force that looks most likely capable to conduct the liberation of Raqqa remains the SDF. Are we confident in the SDF? Absolutely we are. We’ve seen their fighting spirit, we’ve seen what they’re capable of doing. They re-took Manbij, a very tough fight, and they prevailed in the face of a tough opposition,” Jones said.“We’ve also always said that we would discuss with our partners...
  • "America Is On Our Side": Al-Nusra Commander Tells German Press US Is Arming Jihadists

    09/26/2016 7:53:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/26/16 | Tyler Durden
    In a striking interview with German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer published today the German press including the prominent newspaper Focus, a militant jihadist commander said that US weapons are being delivered to Jabhat Al-Nusra by governments that Washington supports, adding that American instructors were in Syria to teach how to use the new equipment. “Yes, the US supports the opposition [in Syria], but not directly. They support the countries that support us. But we are not yet satisfied with this support,” Jabhat al-Nusra unit commander Abu Al Ezz said in an interview with Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper from the city of Aleppo....
  • DoD Installation Commander Celebrates LGBT Pride

    06/30/2016 10:50:32 AM PDT · by Federal Bureaucrat · 22 replies
    A DoD military installation ^ | June 2016 | DoD military commander
    The URL listed above is not this post. Instead, this is pulled from internal DoD correspondence to all hands at a military site. From the base commander. Here's a screen shot of the email:
  • USS Cole commander blasts transfer of Al Qaeda Gitmo detainees to Saudi Arabia

    05/03/2016 9:40:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/3/16 | Cristina Corbin
    The man at the helm of the USS Cole when it was attacked by an Al Qaeda cell in 2000 said last month's release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee linked to the bombers denies justice to the 17 people killed aboard the ship. Kirk Lippold, who was commanding officer of the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer when suicide bombers aboard a small fishing boat blew a hole in the side of the ship, told FoxNews.com Mashur Abdallah Ahmed al Sabri's release was a mistake. "I would have liked to have seen him receive a military commission where he was tried,...
  • Iraqi Commander: US Secretly Evacuated ISIS Leaders from Ramadi

    12/31/2015 5:30:22 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-29-2015 | Jim Hoft
    An Iraqi volunteer forces commander has revealed US plans to evacuate Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) leaders from the central Iraqi city of Ramadi, according to the Iranian Fars Iranian News Agency. Fars reported: A commander of volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) disclosed the US plots to evacuate ISIL leaders from the city of Ramadi as Iraqi army and popular troops are completing victory over the terrorist group. “The delay in operations to liberate Ramadi and Fallujah cities in al-Anbar province is the result of the US interference,” Commander of Imam Khamenei Battalion Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi told FNA on Thursday.
  • U.S. training helped mold top Islamic State military commander (Red Link On Drudge)

    09/16/2015 6:34:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 09/16/15
    Tarkhan Batirashvili was a natural military star when he joined Georgia’s military Fought the Russians during 2008 war, but left Georgia for Turkey in 2012 In Syria, he’s known as Abu Omar al Shishani, commander in several major victories "n 2012, everyone was coming to Syria and we had too much work leading all kinds of people across the border,” he explained over lunch in Killis, a Turkish town just a few miles from the rebel-held Syrian city of Azzaz. “A lot were Muslims who had come to support the revolution against Bashar Assad from every country. So many from...
  • Guantanamo commander relieved amid probe into man’s death, officials say

    01/21/2015 8:10:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2015 | (With AP)
    The commanding officer of the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay was relieved of duty Wednesday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy said. Officials reportedly said he’s under investigation in connection with an alleged affair with a woman on the base and the recent death of her husband. Capt. John R. Nettleton has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville, and replaced on an acting basis by Capt. Scott Gray, the chief of staff of that installation, the Navy said in a statement. …
  • Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Says Mission Could Be Extended

    01/20/2015 10:46:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/20/20 | Staff
    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says he could recommend extending the mission and maintaining U.S. troops in the country, Army Times reports. “I’m taking a look and assessing every day based on the enemy situation, based on how much we’re getting done with the Afghans, how they’re progressing on their lines of effort, how the [Train, Advise and Assist mission] is going, how the government’s coming along, [and] if we can really get after the objectives that we set,” said Gen. John Campbell, commander of the Resolute Support mission, during an interview Jan. 15 with Army Times. There are...
  • Obama Places German Foreign Commander As Chief Of Staff For U.S. Army Europe

    08/01/2014 8:50:15 PM PDT · by Baynative · 47 replies
    nowtheendbegins ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | newsdesk
    A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.
  • Gallagher's leadership highlights command change

    04/03/2014 10:40:30 AM PDT · by SandRat
    FORT HUACHUCA — With a toss of a football Wednesday morning Brig. Gen. Peter A. Gallagher symbolically handed off the leadership of the Network Enterprise Technology Command to Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr. It was a light moment following the formality of the assumption of command ceremony held in the Greely Hall auditorium, which saw senior officers speak about the importance of NETCOM. The Army’s chief information officer Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell praised the command for its work “providing unprecedented communications for over 12 years of war.” It was NETCOM’s leadership, not only at the headquarters but its...
  • West Side police commander paying home visits to warn gangbangers (Chicago's 'heat' list)

    07/21/2013 4:30:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/20/13 | Jeremy Gorner
    The commander of a West Side police district plans to knock on the doors of the most dangerous gangbangers to issue warnings to stop the violence. The effort by Austin District Cmdr. Barbara West comes as Chicago police try to quell gang violence with both innovative ideas and more traditional methods such as paying hundreds of officers to work overtime on their days off. West told reporters she and an undisclosed community leader planned on Friday to begin going to the homes of about two dozen people who have been singled out on the department's "heat list" as those most...
  • (Cannibal Islamist "Freedom Fighter") Syrian Rebel Bites Heart of Dead Soldier: Video

    05/13/2013 7:02:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    NYT ^ | May 13, 2013 | REUTERS
    Syrian Rebel Bites Heart of Dead Soldier: Video BEIRUT (Reuters) - A video of a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into is emblematic of a civil war that has rapidly descended into sectarian hatred and revenge killings, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The New York-based group said an amateur video posted on the Internet on Sunday shows Abu Sakkar, a founder of the rebel Farouq Brigade who is well known to journalists as an insurgent from Homs, cutting into the torso of a dead soldier. The video has caused outrage among both...
  • Climate Change is Biggest Threat, Says Top Navy Commander in Pacific

    03/12/2013 11:24:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Mar. 12, 2013 3:15 AM PDT | By Julia Whitty
    As I wrote in Full Green Ahead in the current issue of Mother Jones, the US Navy is paying close attention—and giving far more than lip service—to the problems underway from a changing climate. But until now no one's said it quite so loudly as Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the US Pacific Command. Locklear met privately with scholars at Harvard and Tufts universities on Friday and said that the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region is climate change, reports the Boston Globe, and that significant upheaval related to the warming planet is: "Probably the most likely thing...
  • Commander: Special ops to lose $1 billion

    01/29/2013 8:52:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/13 | Kristina Wong
    The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said Tuesday that his unit’s budget would lose $1 billion this year as a result of the defense budget stalemate in Washington. During an annual National Defense Industrial Association conference for special operators, Navy Adm. William McRaven noted that the Defense Department is operating on a continuing resolution, which limits spending to 2012 levels, even as automatic, across-the-board spending cuts called sequestration are set to begin March 1. “The continuing resolution … in all honesty puts a greater constraint on us than sequester
  • SEAL Team Four commander in Afghanistan 'commits suicide' as body of married father is found shot

    12/23/2012 7:44:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/23/12 | the Daily Mail Reporter
    Commander John W Price, 42, oversaw SEAL Team Four, which was training Afghan police in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan Father of a young daughter Jillian, 9, is also survived by his wife Stephanie SEALs have suffered heavy casualties in Afghanistan The leader of Navy SEAL Team Four, one of the most senior commanders in the elite world of special operations, has died after apparently committing suicide in Afghanistan, it was reported today. Commander John W Price, 42, was found dead in his quarters with a gunshot wound on Saturday - just three days before Christmas. Cmdr Price was based in Naval...
  • Former USS Cole Commander on Benghazi: Obama only cares about power and getting reelected

    10/13/2012 9:13:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 10/13/12 | staff
    Lt. General Tom McInerney told Judge Jeanine tonight that the only reason the Obama administration ordered the FBI to investigate the Benghazi attack is to stall it through the election. He says this was an act of war against the United States and if this had been assigned to the military we would have known 2 days later what happened. He adds that we know who they are and where they are and that we should have already attacked those people. Former USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold said that the parallels between this case and the attack on the USS...
  • Iran commander: 'Nothing will remain' of Israel if it takes military action

    09/16/2012 5:22:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/12
    Iran commander: 'Nothing will remain' of Israel if it takes military actionPublished September 16, 2012 Associated Press TEHRAN – The top commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Sunday that "nothing will remain" of Israel if it takes military action against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said Iran's response to any attack will begin near the Israeli border. The Islamic Republic has close ties with militants in Gaza and Lebanon, both of which border Israel. Iran has in the past made reference to the destruction of Israel but his comments at a Tehran news conference...
  • Top US Middle East commander warns against efforts to scale back Navy

    03/06/2012 7:54:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    fox ^ | 3/6/12 | ap
    WASHINGTON – The top U.S. commander in the Middle East will warn Congress on Tuesday against efforts to scale back the Navy's presence in the embattled region, saying threats from Iran and elsewhere will require more ships and maritime missile defense capabilities. Marine Gen. James Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command, also said Syria has a "substantial" chemical and biological weapons capability and thousands of shoulder-launched missiles. Until now, the U.S. military has largely declined to describe the expanse of weapons that President Bashar Assad's regime has at its disposal. Mattis laid out his concerns in testimony prepared for Senate...