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Dog Injured In Syrian Terrorist Raid Is Hailed As A Hero In The Mission | NPR

German Shepherd

Before Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest, he was being chased through a tunnel by a U.S. officer who is being celebrated as a crucial part of the top-secret mission that ended in the demise of one of the world’s most wanted terrorist leaders. That officer is a dog. The dog, whose name and backstory are being kept under wraps ... Read More »

Around 100 Taliban militants killed, 88 arrested in Special Forces raids in Baghlan: Sources | Khaama

Afghan military tanks

Afghan Special Forces not only eliminated a mass amount of Taliban soldiers, but they destroyed a cache of weapons during the operation. After almost three years, it was announced that the forces recaptured Dahan-e Ghori from the Taliban. While no further details were given about the mission, a significant amount of damage was done that will hopefully limit the terrorists’ ... Read More »

Syria gave PSYOPS, civil affairs ‘sets and reps’ in messaging and setting up local governance, three-star says | Army Times

Soldiers setting up cameras

The US Army Special Operations Command oversees the Psychological operations forces and has helped to establish governance in areas limited from the Islamic State in recent years. The forces are currently receiving orders to carry out more missions that involve dispersing messages in places like Syria. Counter-ISIS messaging could involve sending out leaflets or broadcasting over radio signal to notify ... Read More »

Russia Africa Summit: What’s behind Moscow’s push into the continent? | BBC News

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President Vladimir Putin stated that one of the nation’s top priorities is to strengthen ties with African countries that were established during Soviet times. Russia hopes to offer diplomatic, economic, medical, and educational assistance to African countries in an aggressive attempt to secure relationships as US influence declines. While Russia’s largest defense market is in Asia, its connections with Africa ... Read More »

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader ‘dead after US raid’ in Syria | BBC

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Sunday morning statement, President Trump announce the death of Abu Baker as-Baghdadi, describing the night-time operation in extraordinary detail.  Baghdadi ignited a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children and causing the tunnel to collapse. No US personnel were killed but one of the dogs was seriously injured in the explosion.  Abu Baker as-Baghdadi’s death has been confirmed ... Read More »

Top lawmakers sent a letter to the Pentagon warning about special operations on the same day the official overseeing them resigned | Business Insider

Senior congressional leaders expressed concerns to the defense secretary the same day Mark Mitchell, acting assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict, submitted his resignation.  The Lawmakers biggest concern was the “lack of progress in staffing” the Special Operations secretariat.  Though it was discovered that 64 full time jobs were needed, by the end of the fiscal year ... Read More »

A HERO’S MISSION: N. Texas SOF veteran sets out to support military, first responders | Frisco Enterprise

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John Wayne Walding, an SOF veteran, is on a mission with his new company, Live to Give.  The enhanced bottle water they produce gives half of the net profits to military supporting charities, as well as first responders and their families. Live to Give has committed to giving minimum donations to each of its three partner organizations – Folds of ... Read More »

A top Marine Corps scout sniper managed to sneak up on his enemy completely naked except for a pair of boots | Marine Corps Times

soldier in camouflage

There is an art to invisibility and one top sniper, an instructor at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, was out to prove it by completing stalking training in nothing but his boots – and he succeeded.  He explained that it was all about movement, being low to the ground and resisting the instinct to need 180 degrees to see ... Read More »

Israel’s Deadliest Weapon: Why You Don’t Ever Want to Take on an Uzi in a Shootout | The National Interest

Uzi

The Uzi submachine gun, one of the most recognizable weapons of the postwar era came from one of the newest nation-states, was designed to be a simple, inexpensive weapon.  It overcame the logistical problems of a ragtag army turning professional. It became a commercial success, exported far and wide and a legend among postwar small arms. The Uzi was a ... Read More »

U.S. Military Forces in FY 2020: SOF, Civilians, Contractors, and Nukes | CSIS 

Mark Cancian, the Senior Advisor of the International Security Program, discusses the plans of the SOF, DOD Civilians, Contractors, and National Security Organizations and obstacles they currently face as they move into the new year. Data for each group reveals their military strength and growth while analyzing each of their unique situations. In depth report and download: https://www.csis.org/analysis/us-military-forces-fy-2020-sof-civilians-contractors-and-nukes    Read More »