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2 Americans, 6 others arrested in Serbia | The Sacramento Bee

Eight foreign citizens, including two Americans and two Ukrainians, have been arrested in Serbia on suspicion that they tried to photograph and enter military facilities without authorization, officials said on Monday. State TV said the U.S. and Ukrainian citizens allegedly tried to take shots of the military security headquarters in downtown Belgrade with a drone. The report did not identify ... Read More »

Global SOF 2018: Has US developed ‘over reliance’ on SOF? | Shepard Media

The US and its partners across the Central Command region may have developed an over-reliance on special operations forces (SOF), sometimes at the expense of conventional forces capabilities. Lt Gen William Beydler, Commander, Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, observed at this week’s Global SOF Symposium in Tampa, Florida: ‘My sense is for the past 17 years our nation has been absolutely fascinated ... Read More »

Watchdog Calls For Probe Into ‘Executions’ By Special Forces | Tolo News

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Afghan government and the United States military to investigate reports into the alleged killing of civilians  during a military operation by the Special Force Unit in Kandahar between January 31 and February 1. The watchdog said in a statement on Wednesday that security personnel found to be responsible for abuses, including ... Read More »

Lure of the Commandos bring more than 2,500 Afghan soldiers to training | DVIDS News

More than 1,100 Afghan National Army soldiers began the 23rd Commando Qualification Course at the ANA Special Operations Command School of Excellence at Camp Command, near Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 6, 2018. After initial assessments are completed, the soldiers will progress to advanced individual skills training, followed by collective training at the team, squad, and platoon level. CDOQC Class 23 joins ... Read More »

Two women could enter Navy special operations training this year | Navy Times

Two years after the Navy’s elite special warfare operating billets were opened to women, the service could be on the verge of seeing their first female candidates step up to the challenge. That’s what Vice. Adm. Robert P. Burke told the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee during his Feb. 14 testimony. Burke and other service personnel chiefs were asked to give ... Read More »

Command Failures Led to Niger Ambush, Explosive Report Shows | Military.com

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday that the Pentagon investigation of the Niger ambush in which four U.S. troops were killed is close to being wrapped up, but that was before The New York Times published a detailed and damning report based partly on a video of the firefight. On his plane back to the U.S. following a week-long trip to Europe, Mattis told reporters traveling ... Read More »

Ex-Navy SEAL sentenced to 27 years in prison | Navy Times

A former U.S. Navy SEAL has been sentenced for producing images of child sexual abuse. News outlets quote a U.S. attorney’s office statement as saying 32-year-old Gregory Kyle Seerden was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in prison, 25 years of supervised release, and fined $10,000 for producing images of child sexual abuse. According to a statement of facts filed with ... Read More »

SEAL canine presentation set for Feb. 24 | TC Palm

The Navy SEAL Museum will offer an up-close look at their canines, some of the best trained and intrepid military dogs in the world. The event takes place Feb. 24 at the museum. The presentation is part of the museum’s monthly Frogman Foundry event and will mark the second installment where the public is allowed a close-up look at the ... Read More »