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ISIS and al-Qaeda join forces in West Africa | Independent

Al-Qaeda and Islamic State terror networks have been at war with each other in the Middle East. In West Africa they have decided to join forces in order to conquer more territory, raising concerns as they grow more violent. Coordinated attacks have led to control of a large area in the Sahel, south of the Sahara Desert. According to the ... Read More »

Bridge renaming ceremony Feb. 29 to honor Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin | Ellwood City Ledger

USAF Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin was a combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron when he was deployed to Afghanistan to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in 2018. A total of four soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb while in Andar, Ghazni Province. The Vanport Bridge that spans the Ohio River will be renamed on February 29th in honor ... Read More »

‘Little Sparta’ USSOCOM Commander highlights Marine Raider accomplishments at 14th Anniversary | DVIDS

The Marine Forces Special Operations Command Headquarters held a ceremony to celebrate the 14th anniversary of MARSOC at Camp Lejeune, N.C. General Richard D. Clarke commented on the organization and the vital role they play, stating “as we look forward into a future riddled with uncertainty and ever evolving threats, MARSOC will remain an essential part of SOCOM.” This past ... Read More »

French actions ‘neutralize 50 terrorists’ near Mopti in central Mali | The Defense Post

Around 50 militants were neutralized during a two-phase operation that took place near the town of Mopti in Mali. The France-led Operation Barkhane has been targeting Islamic State and al-Qaeda terrorist organizations throughout the area. The recent raid also resulted in the destruction of almost 30 motorcycles, two pickup trucks, weapons, and other electronic equipment. Jet fighter aircraft, helicopters, and ... Read More »

Air Force special tactics sergeant recognized for role in 2018 Thai cave rescue | The Gazette

Tech Sgt. Ken O’Brien from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron at Kadena Air Force Base was recognized for his essential role during the 2018 Thai cave rescue. He was the farthest American inside the cave, and also led the effort to retrieve a Thai Navy SEAL who ran out of air while underwater in the cave. “I was never the ... Read More »

Colonel aboard space station to enlist 800 Army recruits | Stars & Stripes

Later this month 800 Army recruits will have to look to the sky as they take an oath of enlistment. Astronaut Col. Andrew Morgan will swear in recruits via a broadcast that will be shown in 100 locations. This is the first time in history where a nationwide oath will be administered from the International Space Station. The ceremony and ... Read More »

Movie honoring heroic airman includes local residents as extras | NFW Daily

Barbara Kelly and Diane Nelson were among the list of extras selected from Hurlburt Field to appear in “The Last Full Measure.” Kelly’s late husband was a pararescue jumper, and she attended the film’s focus, Pitsenbarger’s Medal of Honor ceremony. Nelson’s late husband was an Air Force chaplain. The film, released last month, follows the story of Airman 1st Class ... Read More »

Pentagon’s special ops directorate selects EnforceAir C-UAS platforms | Jane’s

The US Department of Defense’s special operations and low intensity conflict directorate has selected the sole provider for UAV radio capabilities. Israel-based D-Fend Solutions was selected in January for operational-assessment to work with units for tactical counter unmanned aerial systems missions. The company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Zohar Halachmi commented that the win puts the company in a good ... Read More »

Zuma, Dlomo turned SSA special ops into ‘parallel’ intelligence, security unit | Times Live

An SSA member testified at the state capture earlier this week to the actions of former President Jacob Zuma and Mr. Thulani Dlomo. Going by ‘Mr. Y,’ the SSA member claimed Dlomo turned the SSA into a personal protection unit for the former president and his allies. During this time over 200 recruits were pulled from KwaZulu-Natal before receiving intelligence ... Read More »

New joint special forces training centre in Europe | Overt Defense

Poland’s Ministry of Defence has announced the plans to build a new joint special forces training center for all of their special forces’ branches. The center will be located in Lubliniec, Poland, and U.S. instructors have offered to help design the complex. Up until the announcement members only had training opportunities within their unit, and each group had a different ... Read More »