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Defense contractor indicted for fraud, might be hiding in Turkey | Navy Times

A Turkish citizen who owns a New Jersey-based defense contracting business allegedly cheated the government out of $7 million by misrepresenting where military parts were manufactured. Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Ferdi Murat Gul was indicted Wednesday on six counts of wire fraud and single counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to violate the arms export control act and ... Read More »

Renowned SOCOM Chief Who Oversaw Bin Laden Raid Rebukes Trump In Stunning Opinion Column | Task & Purpose

The man who oversaw the raid that took out al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden delivered a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump amid the White House’s decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance. In an opinion column published by The Washington Post on Thursday, retired U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and commander ... Read More »

Special Forces soldier charged with smuggling Colombian cocaine | NBC News

A decorated Special Forces soldier was arrested Monday for attempting to smuggle nearly 90 pounds of cocaine from Colombia into the U.S. on a military airplane, according to two defense officials. Army Master Sgt. Daniel Gould, assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, was arrested after Drug Enforcement Administration agents found 40 kilograms of cocaine in two backpacks on a ... Read More »

Estonian-American Special Forces pioneer Jyri Laats dies at 95 | ERR News

Estonian-American Special Forces legend Jyri Laats passed away in the US on Saturday, July 28 at Palm Springs, CA. Mr. Laats was 95. His friend Jüri Estam recounts the events of his long and eventful life – a man of many countries, as fate would have it. Friends say Jyri experienced a peaceful ending to what had otherwise often been ... Read More »

SAS hero to talk about military career in Hereford | Hereford Times

AN SAS hero will give a talk about his life in the country’s elite regiment to help St Michael’s Hospice. Pete ‘the Mink’ Morrison was given a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) after seeing service in the Falklands, Northern Ireland and the 1990 Gulf War. The talk at the Horse and Groom in Hereford from 7pm on August 17 will also ... Read More »

Retired Special Forces master sergeant speaks at Medina Rotary Club dinner before the city’s dedication of its new 9/11 Memorial | Cleveland

The Medina Rotary Club and the City of Medina hosted a fundraising dinner for 260 guests at Williams on the Lake on Friday evening, July 27, to support the building and maintenance of Medina County’s newly dedicated 9/11 Memorial. The memorial, beside Fire Station No. 1, 300 W. Reagan Parkway, has been nine years in the making. With the contributions ... Read More »

SOCPAC conducts airborne exercises with Multinational Special Operations Forces during RIMPAC | Hawaii Army Weekly

About 150 special operations forces members from seven countries flooded the skies during airborne operations in Wahiawa, July 17 and 19. Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) conducted airborne operations with multinational Special Operations Forces (SOF) in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. In the spirit of RIMPAC, U.S. Army Special Forces from the 1st Battalion, 1st Special ... Read More »

Why is an Australian fighting with US Green Berets against IS in Afghanistan | ABC

Five years after Australia’s combat operations officially ended in Afghanistan, an elite Australian soldier remains on the front line in the war-torn country, fighting Islamic State (IS) militants. The Special Forces soldier known as “Mark” is attached to a group of elite American “Green Berets”, who have been operating in eastern Afghanistan’s isolated Mohmand Valley, near the Pakistan border. His ... Read More »

The withheld HHS study on base water contaminants is out — and it’s not good | Military Times

The government released Thursday its first in-depth look at the health risks created by chemical compounds found in hundreds of military water sources and what illnesses may be linked to even minimal exposure to them. Bottom line: The man-made chemical compounds found in military fire-fighting foam, perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, known commonly as PFOS and PFOA, are hardy, toxic ... Read More »

‘Deeply concerning’: Call for airing of war crime claims against special forces

Labor has urged the public release of a confidential report containing allegations that some elite Australian special forces soldiers committed war crimes in Afghanistan, as concerns about the allegations have reverberated across the political spectrum. After Fairfax Media revealed on Friday that the report, commissioned by Defence, included the war crimes allegations as well as claims of a “complete lack ... Read More »