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Data on Islamic State Attacks Could be Masking Growing Problem, Some Fear | VOA News

The U.S. military has recent reports stating that the Islamic State terror organization is living in the shadow of their former selves and has been largely eradicated. However, some of their partner forces in Syria and Iraq disagree as concern regarding their capabilities has been growing. A source from the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria has commented that ... Read More »

Wife of ex-Green Beret pleads for his release from Venezuelan jail after coup attempt | NY Post

Former special forces soldiers Airan Berry and Luke Denman were taken into custody in Venezuela after their coup attempt went south. Berry’s wife, Melanie, is now asking for them to release her husband for her and their children’s sake. “Our children, especially, are very upset and very sad. They want their dad back,” she commented to a news source. The ... Read More »

AFSOC ‘Moving Away’ from Selecting Operators Based on Physical Performance | Military.com

Air Force Lt. Gen. James Slife, AFSOC commander, has announced that they will be moving away from selecting operators based on physical performance. Instead, Air Force Special Operations Command will use algorithms and analytics to focus on attributes candidates possess. “We’ve got a lot of data that we can go back and mine and find out what makes for the ... Read More »

Attack on Afghanistan maternity clinic kills 14, including infants | Stars & Stripes

14 civilians were killed when three armed assailants attacked a maternity clinic in Kabul, and at least 15 others were wounded. Two of the killed were infants and the rest were all women. Afghan police and special forces were able to kill all three assailants and rescued over 100 civilians inside the center. Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Aryan has ... Read More »

Top General Addresses Virtual Conference on Special Operations | DVIDS

DVIDS has uploaded the presentation given by Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command during the NDIA’s virtual conference. He spoke for the first ever virtual SOFIC and provided information on SOCOM and is looking to collaborate with more companies. The King of Jordan, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, also spoke with Clarke on the virtual ... Read More »

End Of US-Philippines Military Agreement To Complicate Counterterrorism Mission – Pentagon | Urdu Point

The choice made by the Philippine government to end the Visiting Forces Agreement will likely create more issues when dealing with counterterrorism in the region. The Defense Department’s Lead Inspector General has commented that the negative effects of this are still somewhat unknown but could be more severe than the Philippines imagined. Without the agreement, U.S. counterterrorism missions will be ... Read More »

Family of ex-Green Beret captured in Venezuela says men likely believed they were trying to liberate the oppressed | Military Times

Army Special Forces veteran Luke Denman would normally go off the grid for days or weeks at a time before popping back up. His older brother Mark has stated that until he saw the videos and pictures of the failed coup in Venezuela, he assumed that Luke was off the grid or working on an oil rig. Mark has said ... Read More »

US Special Operations arms surveillance aircraft for precision attack | Fox News

U.S. Special Operations Command is looking to use small surveillance aircraft that can provide support to ground troops. These aircraft are outfitted with cameras, hellfire missiles, and laser-guided rockets. The goal is to locate and target the enemy with an airstrike first in order to diminish the amount of engagement the ground troops have to face. This will decrease the ... Read More »

Army astronaut returns from historic nine-month space voyage | SWOK News

On April 17th retired Army Col. Andrew Morgan returned to earth after spending nine months in space. While on the International Space Station Morgan kept tabs on the coronavirus and shared his support for medical personnel during this time. He landed in Baikonur, Kazakhstan before traveling to Houston. “I don’t know that I expected things would change quite as much; ... Read More »

11 Taliban militants killed, 4 wounded in Special Forces raid in Logar | Khaama Press

A raid in the central province of Logar resulted in the death of 11 Taliban fighters, and four more were wounded. The Ministry of Interior released a statement on the raid, as well as another one conducted in the Ahmadzai Village of Mohammad Agha district where two Taliban members were arrested. The General Command of Police Special Unit carried out ... Read More »