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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, August 5, 2021

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SAF special ops troopers fast rope off helicopters at F1 pit building in counter-terrorism exercise | CNA Singapore

A training operation led by the Singapore Armed Forces’ Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) was completed at Singapore’s Formula 1 pit building on Monday, August 2nd. Two Super Puma helicopters stealthily approached the three-story structure in the dead of...

Afghanistan: Lashkar Gah residents urged to evacuate amid Taliban battle | BBC News

Afghan General Sami Sadat is urging residents of Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan’s southern provincial capital, to leave the area as soon as possible in wake of the Taliban’s continued attack on the city. Lashkar Gar is one of Afghanistan’s three...

DoD really has no idea who it’s hired to do private security, report finds | Military Times

Private security contractors, or mercenaries, as they are less affectionately known, have earned a poor reputation throughout the Global War on Terror for their lack of accountability. Currently, the oversight of private contractors is the shared responsibility of the...

Watch: Irish special forces unit conduct ferry ‘hijack’ assault | Irish Examiner

Some of Ireland’s most elite military units conducted a training exercise involving a staged ferry hijacking headed for Dublin Port. The Irish Army Ranger Wing, the Defense Forces special forces unit, led the operation assisted by the Air Corps...

For first time, some burn pit victims will get presumptive status for disability benefits | Military Times

Veterans who were exposed to dangerous burn pit smoke while serving in certain overseas war zones will get disability benefits according to a new announcement by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Immediately, the move will only cover veterans who...

Afghanistan: Taliban continue attacks on three major cities | BBC News

The Afghan cities of Herat, Lashkar Gah and Kandahar were all under Taliban attack this past Sunday as the fundamentalist Islamist militia continues to gain territory as Western forces withdraw. Over half the country including the borders with Iran...

Op Pocket Change: The Delta Force operation to rescue U.S. POWs allegedly left behind after the Vietnam War | Connecting Vets Radio

Rumors persisted throughout Southeast Asia in the years following the Vietnam War that some American POWs were left behind. While this claim has never been totally substantiated, a radio intercept from 1980 indicated around 20 American POWs were being...

Army Says Drowning Wasn’t the Cause of Green Beret’s Death, Retracting Prior Claim | Military.com

Investigators have ruled out drowning in the death of Micah Walker as a possible cause, contradicting the Army’s original statement which was released soon after he passed. Walker was part of a group taking part in a strenuous water...

To Transform Tech, DoD Must Stop Being An ‘Innovation Tourist:’ Report | Breaking Defense

A report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology has identified the Pentagon’s tendency to underinvest in long-term tech solutions and strategies and instead ‘sample’ what well-known contractors have to offer. To keep pace with competitors in...

NATO kick-starts training Afghan Special Forces in Turkey | Khaama Press

Afghan Special Forces were reportedly flown to Turkey last Wednesday as part of a NATO sponsored training event. In June, thirty NATO members committed to continue supporting Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and to training them outside Afghanistan....

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SAF special ops troopers fast rope off helicopters at F1 pit building in counter-terrorism exercise | CNA Singapore

A training operation led by the Singapore Armed Forces’ Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) was completed at Singapore’s Formula...

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