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  • Green Berets have growing doubts of duties with skittish political leadership

    08/31/2015 3:56:52 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 30 , 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    They were the first troops to hit the ground in Afghanistan while al Qaeda’s dirty work still smoldered back in the United States. On foot, helicopter and horseback, ArmySpecial Forces showed that if the U.S. was to win a long counterinsurgency war against Islamic extremists, the special skills of Green Berets would be fundamental. Nearly 14 years later, these soldiers, some of the military’s smartest and best trained, are still creating lots of headlines, but not necessarily for heroics.
  • Obama Pentagon: Too Many White Males in Special Forces

    08/07/2015 5:47:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 98 replies
    freedomoutpost.com ^ | august 7, 2015 | jonah bennett
    Elite units in the military are by and large both white and male. Pentagon officials, however, are hoping for a major demographic shift, citing the benefits of diversity in terms of increasing operational capacity. Data provided by each individual service to USA Today illustrates current disparities, which are most prominent in units like the Navy SEALs and the Army’s Green Berets. For instance, in the Army, blacks comprised 17 percent of the force in 2013, a figure slightly higher than their representation in the overall population. As the ranks start climbing, the numbers shift. Blacks amount to only 9.4 percent of officers in...
  • Pentagon decries lack of diversity in special forcesSOCOM chief: 'We need people of color'

    08/06/2015 8:44:12 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | August 6, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    U.S. Army Rangers drill in 2011. A Pentagon spokesman said the military’s elite forces need more diversity, and without, the nation’s security could very well be compromised. “We don’t know where we will find ourselves in the future,” said Army Col. Michael Copenhaver, who’s published a paper on diversity among the special operating forces, USA Today reported. “One thing is for sure: We will find ourselves around the globe. And around the globe you have different cultural backgrounds everywhere. Having that kind of a diverse force can only increase your operational capability.” The comments came as USA Today requested...
  • IDF Looks to Bible to Prepare for Future Threats [Zech 12]

    07/25/2015 10:38:36 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 7/23/2015 | Ahuva Balofsky
    “And the LORD said unto Gideon: ‘The people that are with thee are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel vaunt themselves against Me, saying: mine own hand hath saved me…’” (Judges 7:2) The Israeli Defense Forces is preparing for a possible future which includes a nuclear-developing Iran, a senior defense source told The Jerusalem Post. According to the paper, the IDF must assume the worst to properly reshape the military, improve training and cut costs. New IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and a team of military planners spent four years developing...
  • Obama now an accessary to genocide and war crimes; denies USA Special Forces permission to intercede

    06/23/2015 4:04:18 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 26 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | KD
    (Original title too long: Obama now an accessary to genocide and war crimes; denies USA Special Forces permission to intercede on massacre in Nigeria) From a retired Special Forces Officer, now consulting with Rescue Christians. In another act of brutality committed by Boko Haram The Obama Administration’s brazen disregard for human life and continued tacit support of Islamic extremists, is again highlighted by an incident revealed in an intelligence briefing given at Ft. Huachuca Arizona this morning. This past Saturday, near the town of Damasak, Nigeria, 264 Christian men, women and children were herded into an open pit and burned...
  • Both active and effective: A short history of Indian Special Ops

    06/13/2015 7:52:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | June 11, 2015 | Praveen Swami
    The dawn would have illuminated the pools of blood, as the villagers emerged to count their dead. For all of the night of February 24, 2000, residents of the hamlet of Lanjote had bunkered down, hoping not to be hit by artillery fire arcing across the LoC. The 16 bodies on the streets, though, bore evidence of the precision savagery of the knife, not the shell: 90-year-old Mohammad Alam Wali, and a young couple, Mohammad Murtaza and Kali Begum, had been decapitated. Limbs were severed; heads hacked. The youngest victim, Ahmad Niaz, was just two. With deliberation, it seemed, the...
  • Out of 8 women in Army Ranger school, guess how many graduated?

    06/01/2015 10:56:35 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 60 replies
    Allenbwest.com ^ | 6-1-15 | Col. Allen West
    <p>"Eight of the 20 women who originally entered the school’s first co-ed class were allowed to recycle through the program after they fell out in their first go-round.”"</p>
  • Army weighs if ex-Green Beret hero should be dismissed

    05/17/2015 4:12:41 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17 May 2015 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer stripped of a medal for heroism under fire and his right to call himself a Green Beret is fighting for his military career after accusations he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan. Though a criminal investigation failed to find remains of his alleged victim and didn't result in charges against Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, he's been targeted for possible dismissal from the Army and the consequent loss of veteran's benefits with a less-than-honorable discharge. A Fort Bragg hearing before three, higher-ranked Special Forces officers could meet later this month to weigh...
  • US Special Operations Forces kill Islamic State commander in Syrian raid

    05/16/2015 10:59:27 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | May 16, 2015 | By Bill Roggio
    US Special Operations Forces killed an Islamic State military and financial leader and captured his wife during a raid in eastern Syria last night, the US military confirmed today. The operation, which included airstrikes followed by an air assault conducted by special operations troops, was designed to capture Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader in the Islamic State, and his wife, Umm Sayyaf. The raid took place “in al-Amr,” or the Al Omar oil field in Deir al Zour province in eastern Syria, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement released by the US military. The oil field is...
  • Special Forces Drill with Local SWAT for Domestic Raids (Richland, South Carolina)

    05/13/2015 4:52:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    You Tube ^ | 05/12/15
    RICHLAND | In what appears to be the second such drill, Special Forces have been deployed domestically alongside local Sheriffs to train for midnight raids in Richland County South Carolina.
  • The 8 most elite special forces in the world

    05/13/2015 7:45:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/13/2015 | Tomas Hirst
    Elite special forces are some of the best-trained and most formidable units a country can boast. They go where other soldiers fear to tread, scoping out potential threats, taking out strategic targets, and conducting daring rescue missions. These really are the best of the best. Although it's extremely difficult to rank these forces relative to one another, there are some units that rise above the rest in their track record and the fear they instill in their adversaries. These soldiers have been through rigorous training exercises designed to weed out those who can't hit their exacting standards. In a world...
  • Bin Laden report 'full of lies,' says former SEAL

    05/11/2015 6:29:56 PM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/11/15 04:53 PM EDT | Ben Kamisar
    By Ben Kamisar - The former Navy SEAL who says he killed Osama bin Laden is slamming a new report that challenges the White House’s account of the mission, calling it “garbage.” “The story that I read, the part from [Seymour] Hersh, was full of lies,” Rob O’Neill said on Fox News's "Shepard Smith Reporting." “It took me a long time to read it because I had to put it down — I couldn’t read the nonsense.” Hersh on Sunday published in story in the London Review of Books that says Pakistani intelligence officers played a significant role in the...
  • The invasion of Texas

    05/04/2015 12:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Greensboro News & Record ^ | May 4, 2015 | Doug Clark
    Speaking of Texas, we're really getting a sad picture of right-wing paranoid extremism. A planned military exercise called Jade Helm 15 is seen as a cover for an Obama administration operation to take over the state. And if you're a Republican Texas politician like Gov. Greg Abbott or Sen. Ted Cruz, you have to act as if these are legitimate concerns. Not that he distrusts the military exactly, Cruz said, but "we have seen, for six years, a federal government disrespecting the liberty of the citizens. That produces fear, when you see a government that is attacking our free speech...
  • WH: U.S. Special Ops Forces Will Be 'Wearing Arm Bands' When They Come to Texas

    04/30/2015 8:13:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/30/2015 | Susan Jones
    When hundreds of U.S. Special Operations Forces descend on Texas (and six other states) for an eight-week training mission in July, they will not be "incognito," nor will they threaten the constitutional rights or civil liberties of Americans, the White House said on Wednesday. "My understanding is that the -- that the individuals who are participating in the exercise won't be traveling incognito, that they'll be wearing arm bands," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
  • Females In Ranger School Hack Off Hair To Maintain Equality

    04/25/2015 7:08:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 104 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/25/15 | Jonah Bennett
    To assuage fears that different standards will apply to men and women in Ranger School, women have been required to sport short haircuts, as well.“The standard for the Ranger course is for students to have the shortest haircut authorized by AR 670-1,” Col. William Butler, deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Infantry School, told Army Times.The idea is to maintain strict standards of hygiene. Short hair makes it much easier to spot ticks. Women are not allowed to have hair extending more than one inch from the scalp. If there are any bangs, they may not fall below the eyebrows.Nineteen...
  • The Rock ’n’ Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero

    04/09/2015 12:37:49 PM PDT · by lump in the melting pot · 13 replies
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | July 02, 2013 | Clay Tarver
    He had three drill sergeants, two of whom were sadists. Thank God it was the easygoing one who saw it. He was reading a magazine, when he slowly looked up and stared at Everman. Then the sergeant walked over, pointing to a page in the magazine. “Is this you?” It was a photo of the biggest band in the world, Nirvana. Kurt Cobain had just killed himself, and this was a story about his suicide. Next to Cobain was the band’s onetime second guitarist. A guy with long, strawberry blond curls. “Is this you?” Everman exhaled. “Yes, Drill Sergeant.”
  • How to be a Special Ops Operator

    03/04/2015 9:53:16 AM PST · by w1n1 · 19 replies
    Happy Hump Day, here are somethings that you can do to make it look like you're a Special Op Operator. First one is you can customize your favorite AR15 with these accessories, see picture below. If you want to see more of the girl in the bikini, you can see the rest of this on "how to be a Special Ops Operator" here.
  • CRAZY Russian Special Forces CQB Confidence Drills

    02/26/2015 9:19:09 AM PST · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    These pistol shooting drills from the Russian Special Forces are off the hook. It's something that you're not going to see in the U.S. These drills are for the advanced gun toting folks that sleep and breathe carrying guns 24/7 not for the norm. Again Warning do not try these drills at home. Here's an accidental discharge while doing this crazy drill and he's a pro. See the rest of this crazy Russian SF drills here.
  • VA Secretary Apologizes for Saying He Served in Special Forces

    02/24/2015 7:34:12 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | 02/24/15 | PAUL H.B. SHIN
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized today for mistakenly saying in a videotaped exchange with a homeless man that he had served in the special forces, though his service was entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division. "Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service," a White House officials told ABC News. "We take him at his word and expect that this will not impact the important work he's doing to promote the health and well-being of our nation's veterans." The exchange with the homeless man was part of a report...
  • Report: VA Secretary Lied About Serving in Special Forces

    02/23/2015 6:04:23 PM PST · by lowbridge · 81 replies
    weekly standard ^ | february 23, 2015 | daniel halper
    The Veterans Affairs secretary lied about serving in the special forces, a report in the Huffington Post alleges. "Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in special operations forces, the most elite units in the armed forces, when his military service of five years was spent almost entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division during the late 1970s," the report reads. U.S. special operations forces (SOF) are composed of exhaustively trained and highly capable troops from each military service, including the Green Berets, Army Rangers, Delta Force and Navy SEALs --...
  • What 'American Sniper' Got Right and Wrong, According to SEAL Who Helped Train Chris Kyle

    01/23/2015 9:10:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    ABC News - Good Morning America ^ | January 23, 2015 | Lee Ferran
    When Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL sniper instructor who helped train Chris Kyle, first watched "American Sniper," he was disappointed in the movie about his former student and friend. "I had high expectations and I have to say, when I first watched the movie, I felt really let down, for a number of reasons," Webb told ABC News Thursday. "It's hard to capture someone's life in two hours, and I get that, but I felt the film could have been, should have been, a military epic on the scale of a 'Saving Private Ryan.'" But Webb said when he...
  • France admits soldiers have deserted to ISIS, including ex-elite special forces

    01/23/2015 6:45:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Post ^ | 01/22/2015 | Henry Samuel, The Telegraph
    Several French former soldiers have joined the ranks of jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq, the country’s government confirmed on Wednesday, as it outlined a series of new anti-terrorism measures following the Islamist attacks in Paris. Most of the ex-soldiers, reportedly numbering around 10 and including former paratroopers and French foreign legionnaires, are said to be fighting on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Most worrying is the reported presence of an ex-member of France’s elite First Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment, considered one of Europe’s most experienced special forces units and which shares the “Who...
  • Smearing Snipers: What Many Americans Don’t Get about Our Warrior Elite

    01/16/2015 10:34:34 AM PST · by Steelfish · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | January 16, 2015 | Chris Mark
    JANUARY 16, 2015 Smearing Snipers: What Many Americans Don’t Get about Our Warrior Elite We should be proud of men like Chris Kyle, not skittish or ashamed. By Chris Mark About ten years ago, an employer of mine had an odd request: I needed to delete an aspect of my military career from my professional biography because it might “offend” a potential client or partner. Recon Marine, infantry Marine, service-disabled veteran . . . those were a boon. But “Scout Sniper,” one of the greatest accomplishments I had as a Marine — that had to go. Sadly, that kind of...
  • Green Berets Helped Rebuild Afghanistan

    01/10/2015 11:05:54 AM PST · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    The Fayettevill Observer ^ | 1/10/2015 | D Brooks
    Just days after the terrorists struck, Green Berets from the Fort Campbell-based 5th Group were in Afghanistan. In more than 13 years since, the Special Forces presence in the country has been a constant. Thousands of soldiers have given years out of their lives to the Afghanistan mission. Many have been wounded. Many have died. In the process, they say, they have built the foundation for a future in a country that has known decades of war. “Back then, there was no (Afghan) army,” Schwartz said. “Really, all their equipment was predominately Soviet, and it was left over from the...
  • U.S.-funded facilities barely working in Afghan camp, so feds build more

    01/08/2015 3:06:00 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    A U.S.-funded power plant and fueling station at an Afghan military complex in Kabul were barely functioning nearly two years after contractors finished building them, a watchdog report said. Another U.S.-backed project, a dining hall for soldiers at the Afghan National Army’s Camp Commando, was serving more than five times the number of people it was built to handle. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction encountered difficulty in inspecting the three facilities due to lost records that would have shown when they were tested and commissioned in its report on the camp. Together, the power plant, fueling station and...
  • Former Delta Force Doctor is Top Rural Doc in America

    12/26/2014 6:28:47 AM PST · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/26/2014 | C Carroll
    Dr. John “Rob” Marsh was already more than 12 hours into his workday last Tuesday when he rolled up to a tiny darkened house in Vesuvius, an out-of-the-way town in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. “His willingness to come out here when we need him — well, it’s the kind of attitude you don’t find that much anymore,” she said. “We’re just fortunate. Tirelessness and the confidence to operate alone in a crisis — key requirements for rural physicians — were drilled into him in his previous job as the doctor for the Army’s elite Delta Force antiterrorism unit. Read the...
  • How to Look Like You're in the Special Forces: Anonymous

    12/24/2014 11:57:21 AM PST · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/24/2014 | Anonymous
    Couldn’t pass this up because one of our staff member have encountered such people while in the Far East Theater Staging Area, (maybe you Veterans have come across this as well) so this is quite hilarious. Read the 6 things that will make you look like a SOF member here.
  • American Sniper (The Movie)

    12/22/2014 3:31:51 PM PST · by mabarker1 · 38 replies
    Internet ^ | 12/22/2014 | Chris Kyle/Clint Eastwood
    American Sniper- The MovieI've read the book and passed it on to others
  • Green Berets took lead in war to rebuild Afghanistan

    12/15/2014 5:35:12 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    The Virginia Pilot (pilotonline.com) ^ | December 15, 2014 | Drew Brooks
    CAMP VANCE, Afghanistan Michael Sullivan was training to join the Special Forces when he and his fellow soldiers had a real-world lesson to talk about in a food court on Fort Bragg. On Sept. 9, 2001, suicide attackers posing as journalists assassinated Ahmed Shah Massoud, a leader of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. The Green Beret trainees were familiar with the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, Sullivan said. They knew Massoud was seen as a threat to the Taliban regime. Two days later, on Sept. 11, Sullivan - then a captain - was signing for textbooks for his language courses when...
  • Army will take 160 female Ranger School volunteers

    12/06/2014 6:40:45 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 49 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12-5-14 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army’s plan to conduct an integrated Ranger School assessment in 2015 is looking good — interest is so high that the number of female volunteers must be cut to 160 candidates. All women selected by their commands and units will take part in the two-week Army National Guard Ranger Training and Assessment Course. Those who successfully complete the pre-Ranger course at Fort Benning, Georgia, will then move on to Ranger School, which is held 11 times a year.
  • The U.S. Army Has Quietly Created a New Commando Division

    11/27/2014 4:48:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Medium's War Is Boring ^ | November 26, 2014 | Joseph Trevithick
    On Sept. 30, the U.S. Army unceremoniously stood up a new headquarters—the 1st Special Forces Command—at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The division-level unit brings together more than 15,000 Green Berets and other special troops in a single new organization. Previously, the Army’s Special Operations Command had directly controlled all of these troops plus others on a wide range of missions. The idea behind the new HQ is to assemble a force specifically tailored for dealing with what the Pentagon calls “hybrid warfare.” Simply put, hybrid warfare is a blend of straight-up traditional combat—with infantry, tanks and artillery—and secretive insurgency. Probably...
  • Navy SEAL who shot al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dead revealed, nearly broke

    11/08/2014 10:12:25 AM PST · by kindred · 92 replies
    Tea Party Crusaders.com ^ | November 7th, 2014 | Betty Rose
    The Navy SEAL who shot dead al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is now reportedly living in poverty after leaving the military four years short of being eligible to receive his pension, he claims. Robert O’Neill, 38, from Montana, went public with his identity after meeting family members of 9/11 terror attack victims, he told the Washington Post. And now the heroic commando is saying he was left high and dry by the government he dedicated his life to serving. “The families told me it helped bring them some closure,” said O’Neill, of killing the al-Qaeda founder. O’Neill will also be...
  • New Fox News Documentary: Meet 'The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden'

    11/04/2014 12:58:31 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 29, 2014 | Foxs News
    FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a new documentary entitled "The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden" hosted by Washington correspondent Peter Doocy, on Tuesday, November 11th and Wednesday, November 12th from 10-11PM/ET. The two-night presentation will feature an exclusive interview with the Navy SEAL who says he fired the shots that killed terrorist leader Usama Bin Laden. In the special, he describes the events leading up to and during the historical raid that took place on May 1st, 2011. Revealing his identity and speaking out publicly for the first time, the Navy SEAL, also known as “The Shooter,” will...
  • Army opens Ranger school to women

    09/19/2014 1:20:15 PM PDT · by bkopto · 130 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 9/19/2014 | staff
    The U.S. Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school. It's one of the first steps in the broader effort to allow women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs.
  • Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama's resignation

    09/02/2014 7:09:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 September 2014 | Ashley Collman
    One couple knows all too well the pain suffered by the parents of James Foley, the American photojournalist executed on camera last month by the Islamic State. Billy and Karen Vaughn also lost their son Aaron Carson Vaughn in 2011, when the SEAL Team Six soldier's Chinook helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan. Now the couple are calling on President Barack Obama to step down, citing his reaction to the Foley video and 'lack of leadership' in confronting ISIS.
  • Wow: Senior intelligence officer says mission to save James Foley failed because of Obama

    08/21/2014 5:29:24 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 73 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 8/21/2014 | Joshua Riddle
    Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) is a CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer and he says that the rescue operation for American journalist James Foley wasn’t successful because President Obama “dragged his feet”. "Thursday morning, Shaffer appeared on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ISIS execution of American journalist James Foley earlier this week. He told me and co-host Brian Wilson that the recently revealed rescue attempt led by Special Forces earlier this summer failed because President Obama was slow to give the go-ahead: I’m hearing from my friends in the Pentagon, they are giving him every single option...
  • Green Beret Brings Girlfriend to Afghanistan

    06/29/2014 7:19:14 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 54 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 29, 2014 | Gary Buiso
    In a remote village in the dangerous northeastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, Army Green Beret Maj. Jim Gant was doing something few others had — he was making progress against the enemy. To do so, he and his men went native — trading their body armor for traditional Afghan garb, growing long beards, speaking the local Pashto tongue, and forging close alliances with tribesmen, who would come to revere Gant as “Commander Jim.” But when he went to bed at night, Gant had one thing his men did not — company. Ann Scott Tyson, a Washington Post war correspondent, quit...
  • Caught on camera: Moment thug tried to rob convenience store...

    06/20/2014 7:18:16 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 21 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 06/09/2014 | snejana farberov
    A would-be grocery store robber in Arizona has learned the hard way not to mess with an Army Special Forces veteran. The violent encounter was captured on surveillance video at Maen Mdanat's convenience store in Tucson in late April. A camera trained on the entrance to Axis Food Mart captured the business owner toppling his much younger opponent to the ground with a couple of swift kicks and punches after the suspect attacked him inside the store. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2664203/Caught-camera-Moment-thug-tried-rob-convenience-store-learn-hard-way-owner-Special-Forces-veteran.html#ixzz35Ehubokr Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • U.S. Readies Advisory Mission in Iraq. But What Will it Look Like?

    06/20/2014 1:37:44 PM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, June 20, 2014 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Iraq is getting a fresh influx of up to 300 U.S. troops. And while they “will not be returning to combat,” as President Obama said Thursday, they will be taking on a role advising their Iraqi counterparts from the sidelines. What’s that mean exactly? Special Operations troops say a big part of the job will likely be providing command-and-control expertise, along with advice on how to integrate ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) feeds to allow for better intelligence-sharing. Command-and-control entails using service members assigned to use communications gear to connect combat troops with higher command, while ISR refers to various...
  • Obama to Make Case for Sending Special Forces to Iraq (Now wants 'boots on the ground')

    06/17/2014 6:23:07 PM PDT · by kristinn · 95 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | Major Garrett
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked congressional leaders to meet with him Wednesday as he considers his options in Iraq. Administration officials tell us the president will make the case for sending a limited number of special forces troops to Iraq. The president had insisted he did not want to put boots on the ground in the newly flaring conflict but now believes special forces are necessary to develop better intelligence on the Sunni insurgents should airstrikes be ordered.
  • Obama considers special forces to help in Iraq

    06/16/2014 2:09:05 PM PDT · by kingattax · 73 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 6-16-14 | LARA JAKES and JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the government in Baghdad slow the nation's rampant Sunni insurgency, U.S. officials said Monday. While President Barack Obama has explicitly ruled out putting U.S. troops into direct combat in Iraq, the plan under consideration suggests he would be willing to send Americans into a collapsing security situation for training and other purposes
  • Special forces say they are baffled, embarrassed by video of Bergdahl pickup; here’s why.

    06/09/2014 11:46:52 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 38 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 06/07/14 | Joe Saunders
    Details in the Taliban-produced video that shows a U.S. Special Forces unit picking Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban fighters in Afghanistan last week raise serious questions about the risks those Special Forces took on a supposedly dangerous mission into enemy territory. Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck on Thursday described a conversation he had with a Special Forces source who said a number of things about the video don’t jibe with the training and tactics Special Forces units normally employ in a situation like the Bergdahl pickup. “The guys I talked to … said, ‘what is happening here? This...
  • Obama security team ponders black ops mission to kill Taliban 5 in Qatar (Dude, what?)

    06/08/2014 5:17:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 8, 2014 | Jim Kouri
    A former U.S. intelligence official, who worked on covert operations throughout the Middle East and Latin America, claims the scuttlebutt among Beltway security experts is that there may be an a abrupt end to the freedom of the Taliban terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay's detention center, he intimated on Sunday. "With all the negative publicity generated by [President Barack] Obama's Taliban prisoner swap for an Army sergeant, Bowe Bergdahl, the Commander in Chief is being offered plans for covert operations to 'terminate with extreme prejudice' the five terrorists now living relatively free in the Arab nation [of] Qatar," said the...
  • Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

    04/23/2014 4:11:15 PM PDT · by ponygirl · 8 replies
    Some of you may have already seen this article making its rounds on the interwebs. In it, claims are made that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Special Agent Daniel P. Love of the recent Bundy Ranch versus BLM debacle is/was an Army Special Forces soldier (Green Beret). Special Agent Love earned a position of primary antagonist in the eyes of much of the country. This was a due to a secretly recorded conversation between reporter Pete Santilli, from Guerilla Media, and Special Agent Love, which can be heard here: For the record, anyone who has served more than a day...
  • Special Forces Members Among BLM Agents at the Bundy Ranch

    04/21/2014 7:19:52 PM PDT · by hope · 149 replies
    Uncle Sam's Misguided Children ^ | 4/21/14 | Faye Higbee
    Sgt Daniel Love, U.S. Army Airborne – “Green Beret,” was among the BLM agents in the Bundy Ranch Confrontation. In 2010, he was with the 7th Special Forces Group. Sgt Love, part of Special Operations Detachment A (ODA), served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Several Special Forces Members were among the BLM agents during the standoff, according to information received by USMC. They were likely sent by President Obama. Why do we think that? Let’s look at it. An “A-Team” Daniel Love is part of an “A-Team.” ODA teams have 12 members. They are “self-sustaining and autonomous,” which means that...
  • Army Ranger Steven Elliott Fears He May Have Killed Pat Tillman

    04/19/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Erwin
    It's one of the most famous military mysteries of the past decade, Pat Tillman, the former ASU and Cardinals player turned Army Ranger killed in 2004 after he left the NFL to fight in Afghanistan. The Army said it was friendly fire, but never said whose shots killed Tillman. Three soldiers acknowledged firing at his position, but none have spoken publicly until now. Steven Elliott told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that two convoys entered the mountains, but got separated. He said Tillman's group scaled a ridge line to help fellow rangers under attack, but a squad leader mistakenly thought an...
  • ‘American Spartan’ by Ann Scott Tyson, about Maj. Jim Gant’s mission in Afghanistan

    03/29/2014 8:37:05 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 28,2014 | Bing West
    ... First, the sheer adventure. Gant is a mountain man, circa 1840. He is Jeremiah Johnson, living in the wrong century. Despite his heavy drinking, volcanic mood swings and numerous wounds, he survived more than 40 months of combat. In 2003 and again in 2011, he and a dozen Special Forces soldiers lived in a mountain village in eastern Afghanistan, adjacent to the Pakistan border. When I visited that village, both the elders and the soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 32nd Infantry told tales about Gant’s exploits. He captured one insurgent after a two-day chase. Another time, he...
  • American Commando Brought His Girlfriend to Afghanistan—And Armed Her

    03/26/2014 10:11:31 AM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 24 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | March 26, 2014 | Dave Axe
    Let me be clear about what I’m writing here. This is not only a story about disgraced U.S. Army Special Forces major James Gant. This is also a story about a story about Jim Gant. On March 24, David Wood at Huffington Post published a glowing profile of Gant that carefully, even elegantly, talks around the shocking reality of Gant’s rise and fall as a commando officer in the Afghanistan war. Gant had invited his girlfriend Ann Scott Tyson, a Washington Post reporter, to accompany him and his team on secret missions in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan in...
  • Elite special forces in danger of cracking as demand is ‘outpacing capacity’

    03/12/2014 9:48:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    America’s in-demand global force against terrorists is showing signs of stress and appears to be gliding toward a decline in readiness, says a Pentagon budget overview on special operations forces. With the end of U.S. military operations in the Iraq War, the thought was that fewer deployments would give some relief to special operations forces after a dozen years of overseas fighting. But the 2015 budget overview says demand for special operations forces is up, not down. It talks of “significant stress on the force” and notes that the demand for Delta Force troops, Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other...
  • 2 Maersk Alabama guards dead (former USN SEALs)

    02/19/2014 7:28:35 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 44 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/19/2014
    Listening to domestic-extremist/right-wing-AM-radio, heard a news report about 2 guards being found dead on the Maersk Alabama in Seychelles. The report identified the guards as 'former Navy SEALs'. Tragic. If it's posted anywhere, I can't find it and it's not indexed in search engines yet. I can't say with certainty whether it was Bloomberg news or Fox News, as this station mixes it up and I didn't catch that.