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The Suwalki Gap Is NATO’s Achilles’ Heel and the Place Where Russia Could Start War | The Daily Beast

Map to show Russian Suwalki Gap; 40 mile border between the two NATO countries, Poland and Lithuania

Russia recently moved its military for exercises near the Suwalki Gap where two NATO countries share a 40-mile long and heavily forested border. The border separates Russia’s ally, Belarus, and happens to be the location where European military is at its thinnest. With a major concentration of Russian forces on one side and a lack of protection on the other ... Read More »

36 years ago the US Special Operations conducted its largest mission ever | War is Boring

A U.S. Army AH-1S Cobra attack helicopter opens fire on an enemy position

The target location was the island of Grenada for members of the US Army 75th Ranger Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, the 8th Marine Regiment, and the “Delta Force” which was relatively new at the time. Traveling by helicopters, ships, and land vehicles, the massive force departed to conduct Operation Urgent Fury. President Ronald Reagan sent short-notice troops to stop a ... Read More »

Inside the dramatic US military raid that killed ISIS leader Baghdadi | Nato

President trump with leaders

ISIS leader, Baghdadi’s death marks the end of a years-long hunt to find one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, the man who declared a so-called Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria in 2014.  It is one of the most significant deaths of a terror leader since Osama bin Laden 2011.  Read more about how the operation unfolded, where ... Read More »

Dog Injured In Syrian Terrorist Raid Is Hailed As A Hero In The Mission | NPR

German Shepherd

Before Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest, he was being chased through a tunnel by a U.S. officer who is being celebrated as a crucial part of the top-secret mission that ended in the demise of one of the world’s most wanted terrorist leaders. That officer is a dog. The dog, whose name and backstory are being kept under wraps ... Read More »

Around 100 Taliban militants killed, 88 arrested in Special Forces raids in Baghlan: Sources | Khaama

Afghan military tanks

Afghan Special Forces not only eliminated a mass amount of Taliban soldiers, but they destroyed a cache of weapons during the operation. After almost three years, it was announced that the forces recaptured Dahan-e Ghori from the Taliban. While no further details were given about the mission, a significant amount of damage was done that will hopefully limit the terrorists’ ... Read More »

Syria gave PSYOPS, civil affairs ‘sets and reps’ in messaging and setting up local governance, three-star says | Army Times

Soldiers setting up cameras

The US Army Special Operations Command oversees the Psychological operations forces and has helped to establish governance in areas limited from the Islamic State in recent years. The forces are currently receiving orders to carry out more missions that involve dispersing messages in places like Syria. Counter-ISIS messaging could involve sending out leaflets or broadcasting over radio signal to notify ... Read More »

Russia Africa Summit: What’s behind Moscow’s push into the continent? | BBC News

Russian soldiers

President Vladimir Putin stated that one of the nation’s top priorities is to strengthen ties with African countries that were established during Soviet times. Russia hopes to offer diplomatic, economic, medical, and educational assistance to African countries in an aggressive attempt to secure relationships as US influence declines. While Russia’s largest defense market is in Asia, its connections with Africa ... Read More »

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader ‘dead after US raid’ in Syria | BBC

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Sunday morning statement, President Trump announce the death of Abu Baker as-Baghdadi, describing the night-time operation in extraordinary detail.  Baghdadi ignited a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children and causing the tunnel to collapse. No US personnel were killed but one of the dogs was seriously injured in the explosion.  Abu Baker as-Baghdadi’s death has been confirmed ... Read More »

Top lawmakers sent a letter to the Pentagon warning about special operations on the same day the official overseeing them resigned | Business Insider

Mark. E. Mitchell

Senior congressional leaders expressed concerns to the defense secretary the same day Mark Mitchell, acting assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict, submitted his resignation.  The Lawmakers biggest concern was the “lack of progress in staffing” the Special Operations secretariat.  Though it was discovered that 64 full time jobs were needed, by the end of the fiscal year ... Read More »

A HERO’S MISSION: N. Texas SOF veteran sets out to support military, first responders | Frisco Enterprise

water bottles

John Wayne Walding, an SOF veteran, is on a mission with his new company, Live to Give.  The enhanced bottle water they produce gives half of the net profits to military supporting charities, as well as first responders and their families. Live to Give has committed to giving minimum donations to each of its three partner organizations – Folds of ... Read More »