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US Special Forces train in Serbia, where China and Russia have strengthened military ties | Stars & Stripes

The US Special Forces arrived in Serbia last week as they are set to train for a month in the country. With this, U.S. military commanders are looking forward to strengthening ties with Belgrade regardless of its deepening connection with Russia and China. This is the first time that the U.S. special operators were in Serbia after the coronavirus outbreak. ... Read More »

Bill would dramatically expand retirement benefits for 42,000 veterans | Military.com

The Major Richard Star Act dramatically expand disability benefits for around 42,000 veterans injured in combat. Specifically, this allows veterans who served less than 20 years before being medically retired due to combat-related injuries to receive disability compensation and full retirement pay. This breaks the current rule that only military retirees with at least 20 years of service and a ... Read More »

Iraq deploys Special Forces to secure Pope’s upcoming visit | Middle East Monitor

As the Pope’s arrival to Iraq was getting closer each day, Special Forces have been deployed in Baghdad and Dhi Qar to ensure the Pope’s safety and security. The Pope is expected to stay in the country until March 8. He is set to visit the ancient city of Ur, the Sumerian state’s capital, and the Prophet Abraham’s birthplace. Source: ... Read More »

How US special operations forces helped the US military win its first post-Cold War victory | We Are the Mighty

As the Soviet Union threats declined in the 1990s, the US faced a new challenge in the Middle East. Specifically, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, which has sparked an international crisis. This ended with Iraq’s defeat by a US-led coalition six months later. US special operations units were faced with numerous challenges, including actually getting into the battle. This article delves ... Read More »

Why 2021 could be a game-changing year for veterans sickened by burn pit exposure | Military.com

After endless debates, veterans who have been exposed to burn pits might finally receive the medial care they deserve this year. Specifically, the veterans might be able to get free medical care because of high-profile and influential advocates. This could also be because of the growing consensus among veterans’ groups that it’s time for the wait to end. The advocate ... Read More »

Government forces free 34 from Taliban detainment, kill 6 militants in Afghan province | XINHUA Net

In a special operation overnight in the western province Herat, Afghanistan’s government forces freed 34 people from a Taliban prison and killed six militants. Out of the 34 released Taliban prisoners, 11 are army soldiers, eight are policemen, three are Afghan Air Force personnel, five are local workers, and seven are government employees. According to Afghan National Army Special Operations ... Read More »

Drones could be SOCOM armed overwatch contenders, Slife says | Air Force Magazine

According to Air Force Special Operations Command Lt. Gen. James C. “Jim” Slife, drones can possibly contend for U.S. Special Operations Command’s armed overwatch platform competition. However, he also stated that the MQ-9 Reaper drone might not yet be ready for it with its current form. This is because of the ground infrastructure its operations demand and the “runway length” ... Read More »

Ex-Green Beret, son in Japanese custody for helping former Nissan boss escape while awaiting trial | Army Times

After their months-long battle to stay in the U.S., Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, failed to convince U.S. officials and courts to stop them from being handed over to Japan. The two were being charged for helping former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn escape Japan. They were officially handed to the Japanese officials early Monday, and their ... Read More »

Report: Iran used commercial satellite images to monitor US forces before attack | C4ISRNET

In the attempt to watch out what the U.S. is planning, Iran has used commercial satellite images to monitor Ain al-Asad Air Base in Iraq. According to Iran, the barrage was “fierce revenge” for the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani is an Iranian soldier killed by the U.S. on a drone strike days before the attack last Jan. 7, ... Read More »

A trailblazing female Ranger grad has reignited the debate over the Army’s controversial new fitness test | Task & Purpose

Capt. Kristen Griest, a graduate from the Army’s Ranger School, has once again brought the issue on the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). In an recently published article, Griest had criticized Army’s plans to separate soldiers’ test scores by gender, which further marginalizes women in service rather than protecting them. She also stated that the move could drastically reduce ... Read More »