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Families receive posthumous awards on behalf of soldiers killed in 2017 Niger ambush | Stars and Stripes

The Silver Star medal was presented Wednesday to the mother and father of Green Beret Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, who gave his life to protect his comrades while outgunned and under fire during an October 2017 ambush in Niger. Showing “total disregard for his personal safety or life,” the 29-year-old crossed open terrain under intense enemy fire to protect and ... Read More »

Special Forces arrest 3 Taliban sympathizers in Kabul | Khaama Press Agency

he Afghan Special Forces arrested three Taliban sympathizers during an operation in Kabul, the Kabul Police said. According to a statement released by Kabul Police Headquarters, the Special Forces arrested the operation in Bagrami district of Kabul. The statement further added that the detained suspects were cooperating with the Taliban group. Source: Special Forces arrest 3 Taliban sympathizers in Kabul | ... Read More »

Israeli IDF’s Kochavi Plans ‘Fast & Strong’ Weapons Department | Breaking Defense

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) plan a new multi-disciplinary department charged with listening to commanders operational needs and getting them the weapons they want as quickly as possible. The goal? To build a force ready to fight “fast and strong” (fast and furious would be more fun, no?) to hammer an enemy quickly enough to aboid paralyzing the Israeli population ... Read More »

A wounded Marine’s incredible journey to Warrior Games | SOFWERX

SOFWERX was honored to support the veteran and active duty service members who showcased their incredible grit and determination in the Warrior Games this past June. Individuals such as Stuart DiPaolo are an inspiration to us all. Through his example, we are convicted to do more in the support of our Nation’s heroes. Source: A wounded Marine’s incredible journey to ... Read More »

Pentagon walks back enemy fire statement as mystery still surrounds death of Marine Raider in Iraq| Marine Times

The Pentagon has walked back its statement that a Marine Raider who lost his life while on a mission with Iraqi forces was killed by enemy fire. A military official told Marine Corps Times Tuesday that all possibilities are being considered in the death of the Marine commando. Marine Raider Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer was killed Saturday while while ... Read More »

Special Forces Unit Member Killed in Niger Ambush Honored for Bravery | Military.com

The Army recently awarded Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah Johnson with a posthumous Bronze Star with Valor device for his heroism during the October 2017 Niger ambush that killed him and three other Special Forces soldiers. The vicious Oct. 4 enemy ambush touched off a firestorm of allegations that the Green Beret team and Nigerien troops were sent on a poorly ... Read More »

Putin’s private army is trying to increase Russia’s influence in Africa | CNN

There’s nothing secret about Russia’s presence in the Central African Republic. The streets are plastered with propaganda posters proclaiming “Russia: hand in hand with your army!” A local radio station churns out Russian ballads and language lessons. New recruits to the army are being trained in Russian, using Russian weapons. But the Russian campaign in this war-torn country is anything ... Read More »

‘A very brave man’: Windsor, Amherstburg ‘Devil’s Brigade’ veteran dies at 97 | CBC

Ralph Mayville, veteran of the First Special Service Force during World War II, has died. Mayville, born August 21, 1921, grew up in Amherstburg, Ont. and later lived in Windsor. According to records from the Windsor Public Library, Mayville became a member of the Essex Scottish Regiment in 1940, but quickly joined the Royal Canadian Regiment. In 1944, Mayville was ... Read More »

Here’s how fallen Marine Raider Gunnery Sgt. Koppenhafer earned 2 Bronze Stars | Marine Times

He served and led Marine commandos for nearly a decade while earning two Bronze Stars for heroism in Afghanistan and in combat against Islamic State fighters in the Middle East. It was a revered career and selfless service Marine Raider Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer ultimately paid for with his life. Koppenhafer was killed Saturday while supporting and advising an ... Read More »

Detained Kyrgyzstan ex-president charged with murder over special forces death | The Telegraph

The head of Kyrgyzstan’s security forces accused ex-president Almazbek Atambayev on Tuesday of planning to stage a coup, state news agency Kabar said, following a deadly clash last week with police sent to his house to arrest him. Mr Atambayev surrendered on Thursday when police raided his home and detained him for questioning over a corruption case, laying bare a ... Read More »