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  • 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...
  • ĎBlackwater Airí 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 actionóthis time in Central Africa, supporting a shadowy American U.S. Special Forces commando operation targeting the Lordís 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 Trumpís 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. Obamaís 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. ďOur deepest condolences go out to Warrant Officer Thomasí family, friends and colleagues,Ē 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 ďRyanĒ 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 Lithuaniaís border with ďaggressiveĒ 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 Ė which borders Poland, Belarus and Lithuania. And Lithuanian Defence Ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite confirmed America has offered additional military support following Russiaís annexation of Crimea. She said: ďThe 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...
  • Former Navy SEAL becomes first Jewish governor of Missouri

    11/13/2016 6:31:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 11/13/16 | INN
    Greitens, a Republican, defeated Democrat Chris Koster with 51 percent of the vote on Tuesday to 45 percent for the state's attorney general. ďTonight, we did more than win an election; we restored power to the people and we took our state back!Ē Greitens told supporters at a hotel in Chesterfield, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Greitens, 42, grew up in the Maryland Heights suburb of St. Louis and attended the townís Reform synagogue. He attended Duke University, where he become a Rhodes scholar.
  • Army Special Forces soldiers killed in Jordan were working for the CIA

    11/12/2016 9:47:35 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | November 12, 2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Joby Warrick
    The three Army Special Forces soldiers killed at a Jordanian military base this month were working for a CIA program to train moderate Syrian fighters when they were shot at a checkpoint under still-unclear circumstances, U.S. officials said. The Nov. 4 slayings of the three soldiers is believed to be the deadliest single incident involving a CIA team since December 2009, when seven officers and contractors were killed in a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan. The Fort Campbell, Ky.-based soldiers ó all members of the 5th Special Forces Group ó were killed by a Jordanian soldier at an entry control...
  • Matthew's floodwaters wipe out Special Forces Association records, artifacts

    11/03/2016 10:10:12 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Fay Observer ^ | Nov. 1, 2016 | Drew Brooks
    History has been left out to dry in a secluded compound south of Fayetteville. Filing cabinets sit open with fans trained on the papers inside. Books have been piled up to be sorted and salvaged at a future date. They sit atop display cases, filled with patches, berets and artifacts from wars from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. Cliff Newman walks through it all, occasionally pausing to thumb through a book or peak at debris stored in plastic bags. "We're still kind of in a state of shock," he said. Newman, executive director of the Special Forces Association, said the...
  • First female soldier in Green Beret training fails to complete the course

    09/15/2016 12:22:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2016 | Alex Quade
    The first female soldier to participate in the Armyís initial training program for the Green Berets ó side-by-side with men ó has failed to complete the course this week, The Washington Times has learned. The enlisted soldier is the first woman to attend the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), the first step toward earning the Special Forces tab and the coveted Green Beret. The Times reported in July that two female officer candidates have been accepted to attend an SFAS class that begins in the spring.
  • U.S. And Kurdish Forces Kill ISIS Oil Manager

    08/11/2016 3:46:30 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-08-2016 | spec ops
    A joint attack executed by Kurdish forces and United States Special Forces led to the death of the Islamic State fighter in charge of the terrorist groupís oil operations in Iraq and Syria, according to a new report by Reuters. Sami Jassim al-Jabouri, who had also been known to authorities as Haji Hamad, along with his assistant, were killed ďin the vicinity of Qaim,Ē according to a statement released by the two parties that carried out the attack. A spokesman from the Pentagon added that coalition forces were still assessing the total results of the planned operation. "The mission was...
  • A First: U.S. Special Ops On-Ground in Libya

    08/10/2016 8:26:52 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 22 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 10-08-2016 | Spec Ops
    For the first time, elite U.S. Special Operations troops are directly helping fighters combat against ISIS in Libya with on-site support, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing U.S. and Libyan officials. A small group of U.S. Special Operations forces are operating together with UK troops in Sirte, a city on the Libyan coast and ISISí de facto capital in North Africa. The role of the U.S. troops is limited to backing forces loyal to Libyaís unity Government of National Accord (GNA), The Post noted, quoting U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. Last week, the U.S. launched precision...
  • August 6 2011 ~ 5th Anniversary of Extortion 17 Mission

    08/06/2016 2:11:21 AM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 39 replies
    Brian Bill Foundation ^ | 8/6/16 | Owen Kellogg
    In remembrance ... today marks the 5th anniversary of the shoot down of Extortion 17. On August 6, 2011, the U.S. Navy SEALs and the Special Ops community suffered a huge loss when their CH-47 Chinook was shot down in Afghanistan. The 30 American deaths represent the greatest loss of U.S. military lives in a single incident in the decade-long war in Afghanistan that began in 2001. The Fallen: ēSGT Alexander J. Bennett ēSPC Spencer Duncan ēCWO Bryan J. Nichols ēCWO David R. Carter ēSSG Patrick D. Hamburger ēTSgt John W. Brown ēSSgt Andrew W. Harvell ēTSgt Daniel L. Zerbe...
  • Memorial to slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle unveiled in Texas

    07/29/2016 5:10:11 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 27 replies
    KHOU.COM ^ | 29 JULY 2016 | AP
    ODESSA, Texas ó A memorial for slain Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle has been unveiled in the West Texas city where he was born in 1974. Ceremonies were held Thursday in Odessa to unveil the granite-and-limestone Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza, which also includes a bronze statue of Kyle. It is a privately funded memorial.
  • The Making of a Legend - Larry Vickers

    07/15/2016 10:53:50 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/15/2016 | Troy Taysom
    Internet videos have launched numerous people into stardom, many for doing silly and stupid tricks while inebriated. When I need a good laugh at someone else’s expense, I go to the internet and look for the latest rube who has skirted death and videoed it. But the internet has also introduced some interesting people who we would have otherwise never known about. Larry Vickers is one of these people. By now, most people in the shooting world have an idea who he is, or have watched one of his videos. After seeing a few, I decided that there was so...
  • Special Forces Association Rips Patraeus, McCrystal For Gun Control Betrayal

    06/27/2016 9:42:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 6/27/2016 | Bob Owens
    An influential veterans group is blasting some of their former brass for taking positions that many feel are a violation of their oaths to protect the Constitution. The Special Forces Association forcefully rebuked calls for more gun control from both former CIA director and CENTCOM commander David Petraeus and retired Army general Stanley McChrystal. SFA is a 52 year old national organization composed of members who once served in the U.S. Special Forces. The organization drew up a membership resolution at their annual convention in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, confirming prior statements of continued support of the U.S. ďConstitution and...
  • Phony Kurds in Syria

    05/31/2016 6:19:07 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 11 replies
    National Interest ^ | 27 May 2016 | Paul Pillar
    Creeping escalation characterizes U.S. military involvement in Syria. What had been fifty American troops on the ground expanded to three hundred beginning last month. Official descriptions of this contingent as not being directly involved in combat become increasingly difficult to swallow as piecemeal reports of the Americans' activity become available. The latest detail, which is disturbing on multiple grounds, is that some of the U.S. troops have been wearing on their uniforms the insignia of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit, or YPG, ...
  • Boots on the ground: U.S. Special Forces pictured fighting side-by-side with Kurds

    05/27/2016 3:44:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 27, 2016 | OLLIE GILLMAN
    U.S. Special Forces fighting side-by-side with the Kurds in Syria are now just 18 miles from ISIS' de facto capital, Raqqa. American soldiers were seen at an outpost in Fatisah alongside Kurdish soldiers, with some even seen wearing the badges of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG). Fatisah is around 30 miles from Raqqa, but the Daily Beast claimed American forces were now just 18 miles from the ISIS stronghold.
  • First Photos Of US Soldiers In Syria Released

    05/27/2016 5:29:15 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 6 replies
    Zerhedge ^ | May 27, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Following the propagandist double-speak gushing forth from the Obama administration over when a "boot on the ground" in Syria is a "boot on the ground," the following photographs via Agence France-Presse confirm US special operation forces in a rural village 40 miles from Raqqa. As The Guardian reports, the Pentagon press secretary, resisted commenting on the photographs and would only describe the US special operations forcesí mission in generic terms, despite the fact that these troops are at the frontline of fighting when President Obama assured America that forces are consistently behind the forward lines. In April, State Department spokesman...
  • Documents show ĎAmerican Sniperí Chris Kyle embellished record

    05/25/2016 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 72 replies
    QFox13 ^ | 5/24/16
    Documents show that slain Navy Seal and ďAmerican SniperĒ author Chris Kyle misrepresented the number of medals he received. Navy documents obtained by an online magazine through an open records request show that Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with valor. In his best-selling book, Kyle wrote that he had received two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. A Navy spokeswoman confirmed the validity of the documents and says the armed services branch is investigating the discrepancy. The Intercept first reported the discrepancy and posted the documents. Kyleís widow, Taya Kyle, didnít immediately return a phone call...
  • Navy SEAL DESTROYS Hillary: ĎYouíre An Ignorant Liarí [w/video]

    05/06/2016 11:07:23 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 29 replies
    Supreme Patriot ^ | April 16, 2016 | Brendon
    Former Navy SEAL Dom Raso recently recorded a video in which he blasted Hillary Clinton, calling her an ďignorant liarĒ who once tried to ďuse the heroism of our nationís armed forces to promote herself as the next commander in chief.Ē The video is now going viral. According to Conservative Tribune, Raso was referring to the time Hillary claimed she dodged sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996. She later admitted this wasnít true, blaming her lie on simply misspeaking. Raso and countless other veterans, however, were furious. ď(W)hat makes this truly disgusting to me is that when she was called...
  • Obama Administration Finally Honors American Heroes Killed in Benghazi

    05/06/2016 10:41:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    CNS news ^ | 5/6/16 | Helle Dale
    The Obama administrationís decision recently to honor two former Navy SEALs, killed in the line of duty overseas, is so obviously the right one and should have been taken long ago The case that brought the change in policy was that of Benghazi victim Glen Doherty, whose family has been clamoring for justice, or at least recognition of Dohertyís supreme sacrifice. Doherty was among the Tripoli-based GRS security contractors who flew to Benghazi to help the staff at the beleaguered and burning Benghazi diplomatic facility on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, as the victims were frantically radioing for help....
  • U.S. Officials Describe Fight That Killed Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV

    05/04/2016 6:42:32 PM PDT · by Syncopated · 15 replies
    Defense.org, Navy.mil via USNI News ^ | 5/4/2016 | Defense.org, Navy.mil via Sam LaGrone
    From the article: Keating ďwas struck by direct fire, and although he was medevaced within the all-important golden hour, his wound was not survivable,Ē Warren said. ďNo other coalition or American forces were injured, though both medevac helicopters were damaged by small arms fire.Ē
  • Navy SEAL Killed in Iraq Identified as Grandson of Charles Keating Jr.

    05/04/2016 6:02:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4 May 16 | Zusha Elinson
    The U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq on Tuesday ďfelt calledĒ to return to the war-torn country after the extremists groupís atrocities, according to his grandfather Bill Holmes. Charlie Keating IV ďdecided he wanted to go back,Ē Mr. Holmes said in an interview. Mr. Keating, the grandson of Charles Keating Jr., who served time in prison as a result of the 1980s savings and loan scandals, had been an instructor at a base in California before he left for Iraq earlier this year. The 31-year-old had joined the SEALs ďbecause it was the hardest...
  • Navy SEAL Killed in ISIS Attack in Iraq

    05/03/2016 3:33:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 5/3 | Bridget Naso, R. Stickney
    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed in combat in Iraq was based in Coronado, California, NBC 7 San Diego has confirmed. "It is a combat death," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters in Germany Tuesday. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the SEAL was killed near Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city that has been in the hands of ISIS militants since 2014, according to The Associated Press.
  • U.S. Service Member Killed by ISIS in Iraq

    05/03/2016 5:28:31 AM PDT · by kristinn · 32 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The self-proclaimed Islamic State broke through a line of Kurdish forces in Iraq and killed a U.S. service member Tuesday who were there to advise them, a U.S. defense official told the Daily Beast. U.S. advisers had arrived on Monday morning to assist the Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, in the northern city of Mosul, checking on ďtheir morale and defenses,Ē the official said. The U.S. forces were as many as 3 miles from the frontlines when the ISIS fighters attacked, the official said. ISIS fighters ďappeared to penetrate the forward lineĒ and began attacking the peshmerga. A U.S. service...
  • Russian 'Rambo' wipes out ISIS thugs by calling airstrike on HIMSELF when surrounded

    03/25/2016 10:39:42 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 57 replies
    Brave Russian soldier ordered military officials to drop bombs on his location after being surrounded by ISIS terrorists Reuters Smoke and flames rise over a hill near a Syrian town after an airstrike Smoke and flames rise over a hill near a Syrian town after an airstrike A brave Russian special forces soldier who was on a Rambo-style one man mission to hunt for ISIS militants died a "hero" after calling in an airstrike on HIMSELF. The fearless officer was directing Russian airstrikes at Islamic State targets near the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria when he was surrounded by...
  • Marine Killed at Secret Firebase in Iraq

    03/20/2016 3:29:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 20, 2016 | Rick Moran
    A detachment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit has set up a secret firebase in northern Iraq to support operations of the US and coalition forces fighting ISIS.Yesterday, ISIS targeted the firebase, firing two rockets, one of which landed inside the base killing one Marine and wounding several others.Initially, the Pentagon claimed that the Marine, Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, of Temecula, California was killed by "indirect fire" from ISIS. But it seems clear that ISIS saw the Marines moving into the firebase and fired directly into the base.The existence of a combat unit in Iraq that could be targeted...
  • 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs exposure of special operations forces‚Äô activities. ‚ÄúI 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,‚ÄĚ Votel wrote to Carter....
  • Taliban Seizes Kunduz Fortress Despite NATO Intervention

    09/30/2015 4:55:04 PM PDT · by amorphous · 11 replies
    Trunews.com ^ | 30 Sep 2015 | Kelly Sloan
    The Taliban have seized the Bala Hisar fortress in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. The fighters achieved the victory, despite NATO airstrikes and government efforts. More than 40 people died and 330 were injured in the fighting, including civilians. Many others have fled from the provincial capital. This is the biggest coup for the Taliban since 2001, led by the groupís new leader Mullah Mansour. They have emptied safe deposit boxes at banks, seized weapons and vehicles, and released prisoners. It was also a public relations victory. Kunduz is one of Afghanistanís richest cities. It is also a key...
  • The Greatest Lie Ever Told - Female Rangers

    12/04/2015 8:30:29 PM PST · by pboyington · 29 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 4, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Yesterday, Ash Carter jumped the shark and announced that women would now be authorized to serve in the combat arms and special operations units of the US military without exception. I find it more than insidious that Carter made this major announcement less than 24 hours in the wake of the horrific San Bernardino terrorist attack. It’s almost like they wanted to fly right under the radar of the media, which has deployed in force to Southern California’s Inland Empire. Carter may have thought he was being clever and no doubt he is under orders from the White House. Unfortunately,...
  • U.S. Navy Adds 4 New Ship Classes to Its Roster

    11/30/2015 7:53:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Fox Business ^ | November 27, 2015 | Rich Smith
    So long,Littoral Combat Ship. We hardly knew ye. Lockheed Martin's USS Freedom (LCS 1) was the Navy's first littoral combat ship. New vessels of the same basic shape and size will henceforth be dubbed "frigates." Say goodbye to the "Mobile Landing Platform," the "Afloat Forward Staging Base," and the "Joint High Speed Vessel," as well. As of this year, the United States Navy has done away with all four of these clumsy, elongated, ad hoc ship classes, replaced each with a new name -- and introduced a new theme for U.S. war-planning in the process. Henceforth, LCSes will be christened...
  • TERROR IN MALI: US special forces storm hotel and free six American hostages

    11/20/2015 7:26:26 AM PST · by EBH · 71 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/20/2015 | Tom Wyke and Jay Akbar
    Armed jihadists have killed at least three people in a deadly shooting rampage after taking 170 hostages at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. Automatic weapons fire was heard on the seventh floor of the 190-room hotel, where it was thought as many as 10 militants roamed through the building, looking for guests and members of staff. 80 hostages have since been freed as special forces entered the building. Six American nationals have been rescued alive but several other American remain inside with the other 125 guests and 13 employees trapped inside the besieged hotel. The Pentagon revealed that...
  • US Special Forces deployed as ‚Äėhuman shields‚Äô to salvage terror assets in Syria

    10/31/2015 11:55:49 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 63 replies
    RT ^ | Nov 1 2015 | Finian Cunningham
    Obama‚Äôs decision to send Special Forces into Syria is being widely viewed as a US military escalation in the country. The troop dispatch also signals that the US trying to forestall Russian successes in wiping out Washington‚Äôs regime-change assets in Syria. In short, the US Special Forces are being used as ‚Äúhuman shields‚ÄĚ to curb Russian air strikes against anti-government mercenaries, many of whom are instrumental in Washington‚Äôs regime-change objective in Syria. First of all, we need to view a host of developments, including the hastily convened ‚Äúpeace talks‚ÄĚ in Vienna, as a response by the US and its allies...
  • US Special Forces reportedly mounted a risky but successful hostage rescue operation in Iraq

    10/22/2015 8:06:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Reuters via Business Insider ^ | 10/22/2015 | Reuters and Jeremy Bender
    One member of a US special operations team was killed during an operation to rescue hostages held by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the first American killed in ground combat with the militant group, US officials said on Thursday. Hostages were successfully rescued during the operation, a US official told Reuters. CNN said about 70 Kurdish hostages were freed. A US official confirmed to Reuters that one American was killed. No further information was available on the mission, which local residents and a Kurdish military commander said was carried out in the Hawija area in northern Iraq. One member...
  • Green Beret Discharged for Body-Slamming Alleged Child Rapist Breaks Silence,

    09/28/2015 1:29:31 PM PDT · by robowombat · 103 replies
    Blaze ^ | Sep. 28, 2015 12:54pm | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Green Beret Discharged for Body-Slamming Alleged Child Rapist Breaks Silence, Provides New ó and Graphic ó Details on Why He Felt Compelled to Act Sep. 28, 2015 12:54pm Kaitlyn Schallhorn The Green Beret who is set to be involuntarily discharged in early November has finally spoken out about the situation that caused his punishment in the first place ó his intervening on behalf of an Afghan boy who was being repeatedly raped. ďKicking me out of the Army is morally wrong and the entire country knows it,Ē Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland said in his first public statement, which was...
  • Putin Sends His Dirty War Forces to Syria

    09/10/2015 4:34:17 AM PDT · by bd476 · 70 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 10, 2015 | WRITTEN BY Michael Weiss and Ben Nimmo; Shane Harris
    The Kremlin isnít sending just any troops to prop up the Assad regime. Itís dispatching units that spearheaded Russiaís slow-rolling invasion of Ukraine.Reuters confirmed Wednesday what The Daily Beast first reported last weekónot only have Russian troops been deployed to Syria but they are indeed taking part in active combat operations, although against which of the manifold enemies of the Assad regime remains unclear.U.S. government sources told the news agency that two tank landing ships, aircraft and naval infantry forces have arrived in Syria in the past 24 hours, with the largest buildup occurring in Latakia, the northwest coastal province...
  • 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 Qaedaís 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 militaryís 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 Armyís 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 militaryís elite forces need more diversity, and without, the nationís security could very well be compromised. ďWe donít know where we will find ourselves in the future,Ē said Army Col. Michael Copenhaver, whoís published a paper on diversity among the special operating forces, USA Today reported. ďOne 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.Ē 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
    ďAnd the LORD said unto Gideon: ĎThe 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 meÖíĒ (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 Administrationís 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 schoolís first co-ed class were allowed to recycle through the program after they fell out in their first go-round.Ē"</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) ó 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 ďin al-Amr,Ē 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 · 55 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...