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SOCOM wants 6.5mm sniper weapon for longer-range kills | Military.com

If everything goes well it seems like SOCOM might receive a new sniper weapon in 2023. “The Next Gen Squad Weapons are not sniper weapons, and the 6.5mm Creedmoor really fits that sniper support role,” Babbitt said recently at the National Defense Industrial Association’s vSOFIC 2020 industry conference. “We are replacing our 7.62x51mm sniper support weapons, which have a maximum ... Read More »

Nigerian Navy action nets 10 pirates | Defense Web

The Praesidium International has reported that the Nigerian Navy was able to recover a hijacked fishing vessel just hours after it was attacked. The Hailufeng 11, a Chinese flagged fishing vessel with 18 crew members on board, lost communication with the Dalian Hailufeng Oceanic Fisheries vessel. The Nigerian Navy was then alerted and sent out the patrol boat NNS Nguru ... Read More »

Police investigate suspected vandalism to Medal of Honor recipient’s headstone | Stars & Stripes

Delta Force Master SGT. Gary Gordons headstone was found vandalized with golden paint. The vandalism was first noticed by his sister after seeing a post on Facebook. He was a Medal of Honor recipient after his heroic acts during the 1993 Mogadishu raid. Police are not sure if this vandalism had mal-intent considering that many times Medal of Honor recipients ... Read More »

ARTICLE RETRACTION & APOLOGY | Sam Havelock, CEO, SOFX

Yesterday we aggregated and summarized a May 20th Task & Purpose article entitled “Harley riding, tequila-drinking Navy SEAL nominated to oversee special operations at the Pentagon.” This was a mistake on many levels. I take full responsibility and I wish to publicly apologize to Lou Bremer. First: The Task & Purpose article was nothing more than what we call “article ... Read More »

Carlos Ghosn: US ex-Green Beret and son arrested over escape from Japan | BBC News

Former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter were detained on Wednesday in Massachusetts after being on the run since Japan issued a warrant for their arrest in January. They are accused of aiding ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn escape house arrest while in Japan last year, after he was detained on charges of financial misconduct in 2018. The details ... Read More »

Findings from Afghanistan war crimes investigation will cause ‘distress’ for some elite soldiers, judge warns | ABC News

After the Killing of Afghan children and men, who were unarmed, the Australian Defense Force (IGDAF) have had to sort through the aftermath of the potential war crimes. One obstacle that they might have to face, warns New South Wales Justice Paul Brereton, is mental health. A secretive probe was conducted and is predicted to directly impact the mental health of many soldiers who were involved according ... Read More »

‘Not Reality’ Ant Middleton’s SAS: Who Dares Wins bears no resemblance to real training says Special Air Service legend Rusty Firmin | The Sun UK

The show is meant to put contestant through obstacles meant to resemble what Special Air training is like. However, according to Rusty Firmin, a famous Airmen, the show falls short.  In an interview with The South and North Divine Podcast, he explains that much of the show has to do with water- and lacked the diversity of mountains and other things that airmen had to go through. ... Read More »

French Resistance hero Cecile Rol-Tanguy dies at 101 | Fox 6 News

Cecile Rol-Tanguy, a French Resistance hero during World War II has passed away at the age of 101 in her home in Monteaux. As Europe celebrates the 75th anniversary of Nazi forces surrendering to the Allies, French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Rol-Tanguy and calls her a “freedom fighter.” The day that German troops occupied Paris in June 1940, ... Read More »

U.S. mercenaries are paraded on Venezuelan TV again as they reveal President NicolĂĄs Maduro was given name ‘jackpot’ in plan to kidnap him | Daily Mail UK

Venezuelan state TV has shown clips of Luke Denman and Airan Berry wearing orange prison uniforms and being interrogated. The clips showed them explaining that Venezuelan President NicolĂĄs Maduro’s code word during the operation was “jackpot.” They also noted that the plan was to kidnap Maduro and fly him back to the United States. This is the first video to ... Read More »

Special operations forces’ adviser warns ISIS may exploit pandemic: ‘Maybe we’re not paying enough attention’ | Fox News

Scott Mann is a former Green Beret who completed multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan for 23 years during his Army career. Now working as an advisor for senior special forces officials and federal law enforcement, Mann believes the U.S. needs to pay more attention to ISIS during the coronavirus pandemic. “I think we take our eye off the ball, ... Read More »