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US troops met with ‘overwhelming force’ in Niger ambush, official says | ABC News

Confusion over what happened during an ambush of U.S. Special Forces in Niger earlier this month apparently sparked a full Pentagon probe of the incident announced Thursday, which some officials say could have had even worse casualties than four American soldiers killed from the small, “out-matched” team. Officials have described a harrowing burst of violence in or near a village close to ... Read More »

How A US Raid On An Afghan Village Went Wrong | Buzzfeed News

The Chinook helicopters lifted off, and Richard Hunter’s mind was at ease. It was Nov. 2, 2016, and he was strapped into one of two mammoth CH-47’s flying over the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan on a moonless night. Loaded with 59 men in all — a company of Afghan commandos and a team of Green Berets backing them up – the ... Read More »

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed to Free Family Held as Hostages | The New York Times

A C.I.A. drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, she appeared to be an American abducted five years earlier while backpacking in Afghanistan with her Canadian husband. The grainy images were a breakthrough. Military planners mobilized members ... Read More »

American volunteers trying to leave Syria turned away by US Special Forces | Marine Corps Times

Kevin Howard, a Marine Corps veteran, and Taylor Hudson, an American citizen and veteran of the French Foreign Legion, allegedly were detained by U.S.-backed Syrian fighters after U.S. Special Forces refused to help them in their attempt to return home. The two Americans were volunteers fighting with the Syriac Military Council, or MFS, under the larger umbrella group that is ... Read More »

Kashmir: IAF special forces commandos martyred in counter-insurgency operation | India Today

Two Garud Commandos, the special forces of the Indian Air Force, were killed in Hajin area of Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir today. Two terrorist were also gunned down in the same operation. This is first casualty of Garud Commandos in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir. The Garud Commandos were attached to 13 Rashtriya Rifles for “live situation ... Read More »

How Army Special Operations Command is paving the way for the next decade | Defense News

The head of the Army’s Special Operations Command sees the capabilities of his forces as a crucial but sometimes misunderstood component of future warfare. Lt. Gen. Kenneth Tovo sat down with Army Times at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition to discuss how USASOC’s “four pillars of capability” will set the course for the coming decades ... Read More »

N.K. special forces conduct drills to paraglide into Combined Forces Command | Yonhap

Special forces of the North Korean Army conducted drills for several days in mid-September to infiltrate the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command in Seoul by paraglider, defense officials said Tuesday. A paraglider is easy to operate, with its equipment weighing a mere 3 to 4 kilograms. North Korean special forces could carry their folded paragliders on their backs and paraglide ... Read More »