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Taliban routs Afghan Commandos while overrunning remote district in Ghazni | FDD’s Long War Journal

As Taliban fighters continue to battle Afghan forces for control of the provincial capital of Ghazni city, its fighters overran the remote district of Ajristan and routed elite Afghan Commandos who were assigned to defend it. Upwards of 100 Commandos are reported to have been killed after their unit melted away into the mountains. On its official website, Voice of ... Read More »

NORAD F-15Cs intercept suicidal pilot in dramatic chase near Seattle | Military Times

An F-15 Eagle from the 12th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, flies next to a Russian Tu-95 Bear Bomber Sept. 28 during a Russian exercise near the west coast of Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo)

An anguished airline employee who told air traffic control he’d never flown before stole a dual engine 76-seat passenger plane and led two NORAD F-15Cs on an unnerving chase, complete with barrel roll, near Seattle beforecrashing late Friday. The employee worked for Horizon Air, which operates the Bombardier Q-400 aircraft for Alaska Airlines. Horizon Air chief operating officer Constance Von Muehlen said the ... Read More »

US carries out airstrikes, Afghan special forces deploy after Taliban attack Ghazni | The Defense Post

U.S. forces launched airstrikes Friday to counter a major Taliban assault on an Afghan provincial capital, where terrified residents cowered in their homes amid explosions and gunfire as security forces try to beat the insurgents back. Officials said Afghan special forces were also being deployed to the southeastern city of Ghazni after the latest attempt by the Taliban to capture ... Read More »

Air Force Video Shows Medal Of Honor Recipient’s Heroic Last Stand In Afghanistan | The Daily Caller

The U.S. Air Force released video highlights Thursday of a firefight in which Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman made a final stand to save the lives of fellow troops on a mountaintop in Afghanistan, an act of bravery that will earn him a posthumous Medal of Honor later in August. Taken from an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flying ... Read More »

Marine Corps Rotates Commander of Special Operations Unit | U.S. News

The Marine Corps is changing commanders in charge of preparing its special operations units for action. Maj. Gen. Daniel Yoo takes over Friday as head of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He succeeds Lt. Gen. Carl Mundy III, who leaves after two years of leading the elite Marine units. Yoo will be responsible for manning, ... Read More »

Islamic State Fighter Numbers Increase in Syria | Al- Monitor

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The Pentagon has more Islamic State fighters left to defeat in Syria than it has previously acknowledged, according to a US government watchdog. As US-backed forces begin targeting IS remnants near the Iraqi border, as many as 4,000 to 6,000 IS fighters remain in their former stronghold in northeastern Syria, a joint inspector general report to Congress on Monday revealed. The figure, ... Read More »

Kashmir encounter: Army’s Special Forces kill 4 terrorists in Sopore | The Statesman

Four terrorists were on Wednesday killed in an encounter with Special Forces and commandos in the forests of Hamam in north Kashmir’s Sopore. One 9 PARA commando is reported to have sustained injuries in the encounter. The encounter broke out in the afternoon when the security forces had cordoned off the area on the basis of information about the presence ... Read More »

SOCom rolls out plans for 2019 Warrior Games in Tampa | Tampa Bay Times

U.S. Special Operations Command, which synchronizes the global war on terror, is gearing up for a new mission. The command is working to make sure the DOD Warrior Games, which are coming to Tampa next year between June 21 and June 30, are a big success. “We want to showcase the athleticism and the competitiveness of these people,” said Army ... Read More »

Army cooperating in investigation of Ranger linked to grisly killing near Seattle | Stars & Stripes

The Army’s Special Operations Command is cooperating with Washington state investigators after police say a Ranger brutally killed a woman in her hotel room, then opened fire at two occupied cars before fatally shooting himself late last month. Pvt. Krishna Mahadevan-Prasad, 20, had been stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for just two weeks when police say he checked into an ... Read More »

This wild viral video likely shows a UK ‘Blue Thunder’ special operator helicopter flying low through fog  | Business Insider

A video of a helicopter flying incredibly low over a fog shrouded road that was shot two days ago in Kirkstone Pass in the English Lake District of County Cumbria has been featured in nearly every European news media. It will likely make the rounds in the U.S. also as the time zone catches up. But most media sharing the ... Read More »