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  • Canadian sniper sets world record with 2.2-mile pickoff of ISIS fighter

    06/22/2017 3:09:08 PM PDT · by Hadean · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 22, 2017 | Michael Obel
    A Canadian sniper set what appears to be a record, picking off an ISIS fighter from some 2.2 miles away, and disrupting a potentially deadly operation by the terror group in Iraq. Shooting experts say the fatal shot at a world-record distance of 11,316 feet underscores how stunningly sophisticated military snipers are becoming. The feat, pulled off by a special forces sniper from Canada’s Joint Task Force 2, smashed the previous distance record for successful sniper shots by some 3,280 feet, a record set by a British sniper. “ ... the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed...
  • 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...
  • In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

    05/31/2017 6:46:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Defense One ^ | May 18, 2017 | Patrick Tucker
    In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS And that's not all. The command is also opening a drone-hacker lab to help keep up with ISIS weaponeers. TAMPA, Florida — Here’s how Mad Max the situation in Iraq is right now. Earlier this year, the military put out an urgent request for inexpensive kamikaze drones that special operations troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers against ISIS, according to documents obtained by Defense One. It’s another sign that drone warfare is changing far faster than traditional military equipping can keep up, a fact reinforced this...
  • Navy SEAL killed in Jersey City parachute accident is identified

    05/29/2017 5:39:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | May 29, 2017
    The Navy Seal who was killed in Jersey City yesterday after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration has been identified as 27-year-old Remington Peters. Peters was a fiercely loyal role model whose accomplishments "far outweigh his years," his family said in a statement issued by the Navy. Peters is "painfully missed," the family said. "He was an angel on earth and role model to all," the statement reads. "We couldn't have been more proud of him. He lived life to the fullest and taught us to do the same." Peters was killed yesterday after he plunged into the...
  • U.S. Navy Seal dies in parachute accident over Hudson

    05/28/2017 3:24:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    nj,com ^ | May 28, 2017
    A Navy Seal team member has died when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River. A Navy spokesman said the accident occurred shortly after noon Sunday near Liberty State Park. The parachutist was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs. The victim wasn't identified pending notification of family.
  • Report: Brit Special Forces sniper takes out ISIS sniper 1.5 miles away(.408)

    05/22/2017 5:41:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/22/2017 | thomas lifeson
    Imagine firing a gun and taking out a sniper so far away that the bullet takes 3 seconds to arrive, traveling at supersonic speed. With one shot! But an unnamed British SAS Special Forces sniper is reported to have done just that. The UK Daily Star has the story: The long-range shot took place almost two weeks ago as part of a counter-sniper operation during the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul. The SAS soldier, a sergeant who was a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, hit the Iraqi in the throat as he left a burned-out...
  • Leader of ISIS Branch in Afghanistan Killed in Special Forces Raid

    05/07/2017 6:03:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 7, 2017 | MUJIB MASHAL
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The leader of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan who orchestrated audacious attacks that further upended the country’s deteriorating security situation was killed in a special forces raid last month, the president of Afghanistan said in a statement on Sunday. The militant leader, Abdul Hasib, had overseen a number of bloody attacks that directly challenged the authority of President Ashraf Ghani, including a massacre at the main Afghan Army hospital in Kabul that killed at least 50 people. Mr. Hasib was killed in an operation on April 27 in eastern Nangarhar Province, along the border with Pakistan,...
  • Navy SEAL killed in action in Somalia

    05/05/2017 8:44:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | May 5, 2017 | by Barbara Starr
    A US military member was killed and two others were wounded in Somalia when they were attacked while on a mission advising Somali National Army forces, US Africa Command confirmed Friday. The US service member killed in action was a Navy SEAL, a US defense official told CNN. The incident occurred Thursday during an operation against local al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab 40 miles west of Mogadishu near the town of Barii. The wounded are receiving medical attention, another US defense official told CNN. The troops came under small arms fire.
  • World's First Female Special Forces Unit

    04/17/2017 11:39:34 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 41 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 4-17-17 | Carolina Reid
    ELVERUM, Norway — An explosion just a few feet away rocks the unmarked station wagon as it travels along a dirt road in the Norwegian woodland. Immediately, two soldiers jump from their front seats and run for cover behind the carcass of an old, rusty tank. Firing their weapons at targets along the snow-covered hillside, they call for support from the rest of their unit. This firefight is just a drill, but the soldiers taking part are battling to break down one of the final barriers to women serving in the armed forces. They are training to become part of...
  • Afghanistan: Friend raises $181,000 for family of Green Beret killed

    04/14/2017 11:25:52 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 04/14/2017
    Online donations have poured in for the family of a Green Beret killed in action while fighting ISIS extremists in Afghanistan over the weekend, Fox & Friends reported Friday. The GoFundMe page for Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar’s wife and five children raised more than $181,000 by Friday morning, far surpassing the original goal of $15,000.
  • Seal squad that killed Osama bin Laden ‘is training up in South Korea to take out Kim Jong-un’

    04/12/2017 6:58:51 AM PDT · by Mariner · 98 replies
    The Sun ^ | April 12th, 2017 | By Victoria Craw for news.com.au and Danny Collins
    THE crack US Navy Seal team that killed Osama bin Laden is reportedly training to take out North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un. Seal Team Six is taking part in secretive drills alongside other elite US forces in South Korea amid rising tensions with Pyongyang, news.com.au reports.
  • US Special Forces Obliterate ISIS Fighters Trying To Assault Base

    04/10/2017 4:03:19 PM PDT · by kevcol · 51 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 10, 2017 | Jonah Bennett
    ISIS fighters launched an assault on the al-Tanf military base in southern Syria, according to the two officials who spoke to NBC News. Approximately 20-30 ISIS fighters, some with suicide vests, were following behind a vehicle that was carrying an improvised explosive device. American forces are stationed at the base, which is used to train Syrian rebels. Other American troops on a nearby patrol responded after hearing about the attack to provide assistance. U.S. and coalition forces killed the ISIS fighters through direct fire and airstrikes, leaving zero survivors. No Americans were killed in the fight.
  • Russia moving special forces into Libya

    03/14/2017 5:29:03 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 71 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/14/17 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources say that Russia has apparently been moving special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, according to a report by Reuters. The U.S. is concerned that such a Russian deployment may signify Russian support for Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback on March 3 when the Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) attacked oil ports controlled by his forces. U.S. officials claimed that their surveillance units had observed Russian special operations forces and unmanned aircraft at Sidi Barrani, which is about 100 km from the Egypt-Libya...
  • Fallen SEAL's dad slams Trump [Unbelievable McCain quote!]

    02/28/2017 4:51:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 80 replies
    WPLG-TV, owned by Warren Buffet ^ | 2/27/17 | Eli Watkins
    Bill Owens, the father of the Navy SEAL killed in a late-January raid in Yemen, leveled biting criticism at the White House and called for an investigation into his son's death in a news story published Sunday...
  • ‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces

    02/15/2017 3:57:27 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 13 February 2017 | David Axe
    A mercenary air force that became a symbol of the U.S. occupation of Iraq is back in action—this time in Central Africa, supporting a shadowy American U.S. Special Forces commando operation targeting the Lord’s Resistance Army. In late January, a source on the ground in Central African Republic spotted a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter with the registry number N408RC carrying American Special Forces troops. The LRA, a cultish band of thieves and rapists led by warlord Joseph Kony, is most active in the forested region where Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo meet. In 2010, President...
  • President Trump’s First Act as Commander-in-Chief

    02/11/2017 7:57:07 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 17 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    On his fifth day in the oval office, President Trump, over dinner with Secretary of Defense Mattis and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was presented with the first of many life-or-death decisions he will be required make. The mission presented to the President for his approval involved a raid on the small, heavily guarded brick home of a senior Qaeda collaborator in a mountainous village in a remote part of central Yemen. Mr. Obama’s national security aides had reviewed the plans but Obama would not approve the mission because the Pentagon wanted to launch the attack on...
  • Green Beret dies during advising operations to counter Boko Haram in Africa

    02/11/2017 1:17:59 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    PopularMilitary ^ | February 10, 2017 | By Andy Wolf
    A warrant office in the United States Special Forces has died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while serving in Africa, according to official sources. WO1 Shawn Thomas of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group died on February 2, according to US Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bockholt. According to the Army Times, officials could not specify details of the accident, but said that SF troopers were conducting advising operations to counter Boko Haram in Niger and that the investigation is ongoing. “Our deepest condolences go out to Warrant Officer Thomas’ family, friends and colleagues,” 3rd...
  • Navy SEAL killed in al-Qaeda raid is identified

    01/30/2017 5:35:18 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | anuary 30 at 7:53 PM | Thomas Gibbons-Neff J
    Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, Ill., died after he was wounded during a nighttime raid on an al-Qaeda-held village in southwestern Yemen on Saturday.
  • US Sends Special Forces To RUSSIAN BORDER As Nato Is Poised To Strike

    01/04/2017 12:23:32 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 74 replies
    The Sun ^ | 01/04/17 | MARK HODGE
    Russia is reportedly deploying nuke-ready missiles in the province of Kaliningrad which borders Lithuania PRESIDENT Obama has deployed US special forces troops along Lithuania’s border with “aggressive” Russia. Tensions between Washington and the Kremlin have reached Cold War levels amid reports Vladimir Putin is deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad – which borders Poland, Belarus and Lithuania. And Lithuanian Defence Ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite confirmed America has offered additional military support following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. She said: “The United States was the first to offer additional safety assurance measures to the Baltic countries following the deterioration...
  • When Green Beret Is Sentenced to Night in Jail, Security Camera Catches Judge Going Into Cell

    12/18/2016 6:09:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Liftable ^ | Cathy Cornelison
    A North Carolina judge sentenced a Green Beret veteran to spend a night in jail. But when he remembered his own story and all he had gone through, he couldn't just let him spend the night alone. Judge Lou Olivera, a Gulf War veteran, is a district court judge over the Veterans Treatment Court in Cumberland County, North Carolina. He had to sentence Green Beret Joe Serna to one night in jail for a probation violation. Serna, a recipient of three Purple Hearts, is retired from the military and is having a hard time adjusting back to life after experiencing...