Special Operations Forces News

East Libyan elite forces snub ICC over warrant for commander | Reuters

An elite forces unit linked to the army that controls much of eastern Libya has snubbed international efforts to bring to justice one of its senior officers for allegedly executing dozens of prisoners. The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a commander in the Special Forces of Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA). ... Read More »

Aston Barclay adopts Special Forces techniques to build elite workforce | FleetNews

In an industry first, vendor and buyer partners are also being given the chance to take part alongside auction group employees and a finance company has already taken up the leadership challenge. The SAS-inspired training delivered by Break-Point is led by Ollie Ollerton, who features in the TV programme SAS: Who Dares Wins, and is designed to put people under ... Read More »

US SOF considers new water purifier | Shephard Media 

The Aspen 5500M is a small and portable water purification system designed for SOF elements that operate in independent small teams without access to larger, brigade-level water systems. The fits in two storage boxes, making it much smaller and more portable than the large shipping container-sized Tactical Water Purification System (TWPS) which is used at the brigade level. It can ... Read More »

1st SFG (A) Soldiers Take to the Octagon, Compete in Gladiator Challenge with Special Guest Royce Gracie | DVIDS

Soldiers from the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) squared off in an Ultimate Fighting Championship style combat competition, while keeping with army Modern Army Combative Program rules, August 17 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. World famous Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion, Royce Gracie, was on hand to mentor fighters and to present winners their belts. “I can now say ... Read More »

Afghanistan’s Special Operations Forces Transition from Division to Corps | VOA

Afghanistan’s elite Special Operations Forces officially transitioned from a division to a corps, as part of a four-year security plan aimed at vastly improving the country’s security forces. “Today, it is a special day because the success you all have achieved for this nation is exemplified here,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said at the ceremony in Kabul on Sunday. “This ... Read More »

US-backed Kurdish fighters follow in footsteps of WWII Marine Raiders with homemade sniper rifle | MilitaryTimes

U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters known as the People’s Protection Unit, or YPG, are fielding a monster-sized 12.7 mm homemade sniper rifle pieced together from other weapons. The innovative rifle, commonly called the Zagros rifle, employed by the Kurdish militants highlights the limited arms and weapons the group actually has in its fight against ISIS in Syria. The U.S. decision to arm ... Read More »