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In One Corner of Afghanistan, America Is Beating Islamic State | The Wall Street Journal

The Special Forces captain gestured to the Takhto Valley, a brown-hued no man’s land of fallow fields and abandoned mud-brick compounds within easy reach of Islamic State gunners. “Everything over there is bad,” he said. Then the captain turned toward the Pekha Valley, an expanse of emerald-green fields of corn and wheat…. Source: In One Corner of Afghanistan, America Is Beating ... Read More »

Villager who was driving force behind Navy SEALs to speak at event this weekend at Evans Prairie | Villages News

The development and daring exploits of the U.S. Navy’s Special Warfare SEALs and one its founding directors, Villages’ resident Capt. Norman Olson, U.S. Navy retired, is recounted in his just published book, Air Capabilities of the U.S. Navy SEALs.     Everyone is invited to attend the book’s official “launching” – and meet Captain Olson and other members of Naval Special Warfare ... Read More »

Air Force combat controller to receive Silver Star for heroism in Iraq | Air Force Times

Staff Sgt. Christopher Lewis, a combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, will receive a Silver Star for his actions during an intense 10-hour firefight near Mosul, Iraq, last October. Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, will award Lewis the medal during a ceremony Jan. 19 at Hurlburt Field, Florida, the Air Force said ... Read More »

Can’t Kill Enough to Win? Think Again | U.S. Naval Institute

Those given the awful task of combat must be able to act with the necessary savagery and purposefulness to destroy those acting as, or in direct support of, Islamic terrorists worldwide. In 2008, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Admiral Michael Mullen said, “We can’t kill our way to victory.” Ever since, many have parroted his words. But ... Read More »

Syrian Special Forces prepare to brace the Syrian battlefields | AMN

The Syrian Ministry of Defense’s official outlet on social media released a second video revealing the intense drills carried out by Syrian Special Forces during their training. As observed in the video, much of the training has been focused on military operations on urban terrain, maneuvering and operating behind enemy lines, and assassinating/arresting high-value targets. The latest units to graduate ... Read More »

Philippine commando video shows Marawi in ruins after liberation from ISIS | Military Times

Video still of Philippines Commandos in war-torn Marawi

Philippine special forces produced a video celebrating the liberation of Marawi from ISIS militants, but the video highlights a shocking level of destruction inflicted upon the small city. ISIS fighters managed to seize and hold onto the city for several months. It eventually was liberated by Philippine forces at the end of October, but at a tremendous cost. The nearly 9-minute ... Read More »

SOCSOUTH Commander Promoted to Two-Star Admiral | DVIDS News

Special Operations Command South’s Commander U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Collin P. Green was promoted to the rank of rear admiral (upper half) during a ceremony Dec. 1, 2017, at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida. U.S. Southern Command Commander Adm. Kurt W. Tidd served as the presiding officer for the ceremony. “This is an opportunity to recognize, obviously the achievements, the ... Read More »

Army Investigating Anonymous 6,300-Word Screed Claiming Corruption Undermined Green Beret Training Standards | Task & Purpose

The Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is melting down over a single email. According to the Associated Press, the command is currently investigating who authored an anonymous mass-emailing that accused its leaders of “moral cowardice” — and of turning the prized command into an ineffective rubber-stamp for subpar candidates to join its elite ... Read More »

2-star responds to anonymous email blasting watered-down Special Forces training standards | Army Times

The Army has launched an investigation into allegations of lowered training standards and “moral cowardice” among Army leaders in charge of the school that trains soldiers into Green Berets. The accusations were lodged in an anonymous email. It was sent by a writer purporting to be speaking on behalf of an undisclosed number of trainers at the John F. Kennedy ... Read More »

AFRICOM refutes reports of civilian deaths in Somalia operation | Stars & Stripes

AFRICOM Logo and Special Ops Soldiers in Somalia

An August operation by U.S. forces in Somalia that sparked allegations of civilian deaths at the time resulted only in casualties of “armed enemy combatants,” U.S. Africa Command said Wednesday. Special Operations Command Africa conducted the assessment into its operation on Aug. 25 near Barire, Somalia and concluded there were no civilian casualties, AFRICOM said. “Before conducting operations with partner ... Read More »