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Report: First woman expected to become Green Beret in coming weeks | Army Times

The Defense Department opened all combat positions to women in 2016. Since then, three women have completed the 24-day Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, but none have completed the Qualification Course. The enlisted soldier is currently in the National Guard and will expected to become an 18C, or Special Forces engineer sergeant. Lt. Col. Loren Bymer has commented that ... Read More »

Indonesia treads tight line between China and US | Asia Times

China and Indonesia’s maritime stand-off last month saw China back down, but it is unlikely that this is the last of the conflict. A few days after China withdrew their intruding Coast Guard vessels, a 4,000-ton Chinese navy Jiangkai-class guided missile frigate coasted into Indonesia’s economic exclusion zone. The Indonesian Navy also sent warships to the North Natuna Sea to ... Read More »

In West Africa, U.S. military struggles for scarce resources as terrorism threat grows | Foreign Policy

The annual Flintlock training in West Africa is more necessary than ever this year after violent extremist attacks skyrocket throughout the region. Hundreds of Special Operations Forces from around the world participate in Flintlock. A U.S.-led training exercise, Flintlock focuses on providing counterterrorism training for regional militaries in order to combat the growing terrorist threats. These attacks continue to grow ... Read More »

Jamming, precision artillery and long range drone strikes on Libyan battlefield offer lessons learned for US military | Military Times

The battles in Libya have been integrating more high-tech gear and precision strike weapons. These range anywhere from drones to artillery, and the 2020 U.N. report details the growth of these weapons throughout the fight. The fighting has been edging more towards mirroring the conflict between Ukraine and Russia as hybrid warfare is implemented, including GPS jamming and the spread ... Read More »

Should the U.S. have a Secretary for Influence Operations? | Defense One

Influence operations, also known as psychological ops or information ops, regards the information a country obtains on their adversaries. Two former Pentagon officials in charge of special operations policies are claiming there was little oversight, and that no one actually knew who was in charge. Currently there is no one person in command of influence operations in the U.S, with ... Read More »

Al-Qaida confirms death of AQAP leader | VOA News

President Trump announced at the beginning of February that Qasim al-Rimi, the leader of the terror group Al-Qaida, was killed in a counterterrorism operation in Yemen. Three weeks later, the organization has confirmed his death. The AQAP group located in Yemen is an affiliate of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida and is regarded by the U.S. as one of the most ... Read More »

ISIS and al-Qaeda join forces in West Africa | Independent

Al-Qaeda and Islamic State terror networks have been at war with each other in the Middle East. In West Africa they have decided to join forces in order to conquer more territory, raising concerns as they grow more violent. Coordinated attacks have led to control of a large area in the Sahel, south of the Sahara Desert. According to the ... Read More »

Bridge renaming ceremony Feb. 29 to honor Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin | Ellwood City Ledger

USAF Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin was a combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron when he was deployed to Afghanistan to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in 2018. A total of four soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb while in Andar, Ghazni Province. The Vanport Bridge that spans the Ohio River will be renamed on February 29th in honor ... Read More »

‘Little Sparta’ USSOCOM Commander highlights Marine Raider accomplishments at 14th Anniversary | DVIDS

The Marine Forces Special Operations Command Headquarters held a ceremony to celebrate the 14th anniversary of MARSOC at Camp Lejeune, N.C. General Richard D. Clarke commented on the organization and the vital role they play, stating “as we look forward into a future riddled with uncertainty and ever evolving threats, MARSOC will remain an essential part of SOCOM.” This past ... Read More »

French actions ‘neutralize 50 terrorists’ near Mopti in central Mali | The Defense Post

Around 50 militants were neutralized during a two-phase operation that took place near the town of Mopti in Mali. The France-led Operation Barkhane has been targeting Islamic State and al-Qaeda terrorist organizations throughout the area. The recent raid also resulted in the destruction of almost 30 motorcycles, two pickup trucks, weapons, and other electronic equipment. Jet fighter aircraft, helicopters, and ... Read More »