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Major al-Qaida leader killed in joint US-Afghan raid | Military Times

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The main intelligence department of Afghanistan, the National Directorate of Security, tweeted that a joint US-Afghan raid resulted in the death of the Indian Subcontinent’s al-Qaida leader. A US official confirmed the report to be true, but so far no other details have been released. The NDS said that six other members, one being the courier for the core al-Qaida ... Read More »

Jihad, history link Taliban to al-Qaida in Afghanistan | ABC News

Al-Qaida Militants

The Taliban promised Washington during months of negotiations that the United States would never again be attacked from Afghan soil, yet, Jihad, or holy war, and a shared history continue to bind the two militant groups.  The al-Qaida leadership still vows allegiance to Taliban chief Maulvi Hibatullah Akhunzada, and al-Qaida has been growing stronger in recent years. The group has overcome ... Read More »

National intelligence chief faces deadline to turn over whistleblower complaint | CNN

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Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire faces a deadline to turn over a whistleblower complaint that was never alerted to the House Intelligence Committee, whose chairman says he confronted the DNI over the matter. If the complaint is not turned over, he’ll force the national intelligence chief to appear publicly before Congress later this week. Source:  https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/16/politics/adam-schiff-national-intelligence-director-subpoena-cnntv/index.html Read More »

This Generation Knows the Cost | Sam Havelock | Founder, CEO, SOFX

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A handful of folks questioned why I didn’t publish anything special for 9/11.  I owe you an answer.  The answer is because the vast majority of our subscribers don’t need any reminder of what day it was.  9/11 was and remains the Pearl Harbor of our lives.  As such, we have been living with the legacy of 9/11 every day ... Read More »

US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017 | CNN

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In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN. A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his ... Read More »

Air Force PJ receives Bronze Star for fighting off Taliban for hours while twice wounded | Task and Purpose

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VALOR. Overcoming significant injuries from both grenade shrapnel and gunfire to save the lives of teammates.  On April 29th, 2018, Metzger was assigned to a helicopter assault aimed at a Taliban weapons facility. During a patrol before the attack on the terrorist group, members of the Taliban opened fire within a five meter radius. Metzger returned fire and rushed to ... Read More »

He received a Medal of Honor, 2 Silver Stars, 6 Bronze Stars, and 8 Purple Hearts en route to 115 confirmed kills | Military Times

Joe Ronnie Hooper

VALOR. Joe Ronnie Hooper’s service record remains one of the more difficult to fathom combat resumes in United States military history with two Silver Stars, six Bronze Stars, and eight Purple Hearts, among an abundance of other accolades.  One of them being a Medal of Honor Hooper earned for Herculean efforts during the Battle of Hue. Read his incredible story here: ... Read More »

Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced in Iraq shooting seeks new trial | Military Times

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Nicholas Slatten is asking for a new trial because of what he says is newly discovered evidence.  His lawyers received a state department report two days before sentencing. The document concerns a rescue mission of a downed aircraft that took place one week before the shooting in the case. Prosecutors invoked the earlier episode at Slatten’s trial, saying “this man ... Read More »

First enlisted woman to graduate from Ranger School reflects on experience | Radio.com

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Congratulations, Staff Sgt. Kelley! As Staff Sgt. Amanda Kelley made her way through mountainous terrain in the midst of a scorching Georgia summer in 2018, she admittedly struggled, carrying more than 50 pounds of gear during a patrol exercise.  Tired and physically drained, her body had withstood nearly a month of training in the Army’s most challenging training school. She ... Read More »

‘He found a family in the Army’: Foster parents recall fallen Green Beret Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa of Chicopee | Mass Live

Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa in his uniform.

Friday would have been Master Sgt. DeLeon-Figueroa’s 32nd birthday.  His foster parents reflect fondly on a life taken too soon. DeLeon-Figueroa’s foster father was very proud of him, how the Army changed him as far as discipline, and that he had become a Green Beret. He recalls the triumphant phone call when DeLeon-Figueroa completed the training and was living the ... Read More »