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Inspector general to look at whether US support helps Iraqi special ops forces defeat insurgents | Military Times

A year after the Iraqi special operations units that lead the effort to defeat ISIS and suffered high casualty rates was reduced by nearly half its force in doing so, the lead inspector of the Defense Department will evaluate whether U.S. and coalition assistance to those units are enabling them to continue to defeat insurgents. A memo published by the ... Read More »

Indian Forces kill top terror commander wanted in Jammu and Kashmir | FDD’s Long War Journal

Indian security forces killed a notorious and heavily sought-after bomb-maker and chief commander of the Pakistani-connected Al-Badr organization in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Indian officials and news sources identified the commander as Zeenat-ul-Islam, and illustrated his ties with numerous US-designated foreign terror organizations in the region, including Al-Badr and Hizbul Mujahideen. A second terrorist, identified as Shakeel Dar, was ... Read More »

Army searching for missing 7th Special Forces Group soldier | Army Times

Military and local police are searching for a missing soldier assigned to 7th Special Forces Group in Crestview, Florida. The search began after Sgt. Greco Antoine Tucker Jr., 23, failed to report for duty Monday morning. He was last heard from Friday. Tucker “is currently unaccounted for and is not on pass or leave,” Col. Patrick Colloton, 7th Group commander, ... Read More »

Two US troops, two American civilians killed in ISIS attack in Syria | Military Times

Two U.S. service members, one Department of Defense civilian and one contractor were killed by an explosion while conducting a local engagement in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Wednesday. Three other U.S. service members were injured in the blast, according to U.S. officials. Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led mission to defeat the Islamic State, did not provide further ... Read More »

Western mercenaries ready for Syria, Russians already there | Asia Times

Although US President Donald Trump has announced a pullout of troops from Syria and a draw-down in Afghanistan, the fighting continues. Waiting to make a killing are the “Dogs of War” – men who fight not for flags, but for cash. As pullouts leave geopolitical vacuums that invite or intensify conflict, the business forecast looks upbeat for “private military contractors,” ... Read More »

Hero US Navy SEALs stormed Kenyan hotel and exchanged fire with Islamist terrorists slaughtering guests and helped free survivors | Daily Mail

Sources say the SEALs were called in by Kenyan Special Forces in need of back-up during the attack in Nairobi. Five Islamic Terrorists entered the luxury hotel armed with a grenade, guns and a bomb on Tuesday afternoon. US Africa Command officials have neither confirmed nor denied the presence of SEALs during the attack A British Special Air Service soldier ... Read More »

The Hardline Stream of Global Jihad: Revisiting the Ideological Origin of the Islamic State | Combating Terrorism Center

The Islamic State has lost almost all its territorial control in Syria and Iraq and thus a central part of its claim to constitute a caliphate. As the international community takes stock, it is necessary to discard the myth of the group simply being a product of al-Qa`ida. Despite its history as a local al-Qa`ida affiliate in Iraq, the Islamic ... Read More »

JSOC Member Released from Hospital After Being Shot During Training | Military.com

A member of the Joint Special Operations Command headquarters at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, who was wounded during pistol training Monday, has been released from the hospital, Bragg officials said. Fort Bragg officials are not releasing many details about the incident accept to say that the male service member was wounded while participating in pistol training on a live-fire range. ... Read More »

Suicide Bombing Kills U.S. Troops In Syria, Mysterious S-92 Helicopter Seen Evacuating Casualties | The Drive

There may be more than two dozen dead and wounded, including up to four American troops. After Trump’s withdrawal announcement, Turkish forces moved closer to the city itself, as did groups aligned with Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad and his Russian and Iranian benefactors. This has created an increasingly tense situation that you can read about in more detail here. ... Read More »

Trump Threatens to ‘Devastate Turkey Economically’ if It Attacks Kurds | New York Times

President Trump threatened Turkey on Sunday with harsh economic sanctions if it attacks Kurdish forces in Syria after American troops withdraw from the country in the coming months. “Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter, suggesting that there would be a 20-mile safe zone around the group after American forces leave. He added, “Likewise, ... Read More »