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Former IDF commanders argue in favor of women’s service in elite units | Haaretz

The Israeli Defense Force was recently met by a petition created by four women asking top officials to side with them in their fight to allow women to serve in the elite Israeli Defense Force. Colonel (Res.) H.P has stood strong with his opinion to allow women to join the forces. He explains that bringing women would help bring creativity and now allowing them limits the talent pool. ... Read More »

See this gun? Why U.S. Special Forces go to war using Glock | National Interest

Marine Corps Criminal Investigators are required by the Marine Corps to be armed with a concealable pistol when on duty in civilian attire. Though the M9, or Baretta M9, is the standard service pistol of U.S. Armed Forces, their preferences changed over time where the Glock19 satisfied the need for a more concealable handgun. With a lighter weight and more ... Read More »

Carlos Ghosn: Japan ask US to extradite ex-Green Beret and son over Japan escape | BBC News

Although Ghosn denies the charges made against him, Japan is on the hunt to prosecute him along with those who helped him escape. Some of those wanted include former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter. Ghosn claims that he was being held hostage in Japan and that he would not be given a fair trial.   Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53273702  Read More »

Venezuela security operations leave over 1,300 dead in five months, U.N. rights office says | WTVB News

The United Nations High Commissioner for human rights released in a statement in Geneva that the number of killings call for concern. He believes that the violence is targeting young people who resisted authorities. However, Jorge Valero Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations believes these claims are unfounded in an effort to push more aggression against the country.  Source: https://wtvbam.com/news/articles/2020/jul/02/venezuela-security-operations-leave-over-1300-dead-in-five-months-un-rights-office-says/1035758/?refer-section=world  Read More »

Italy arrests dozens of suspected Mafia members in two operations | OCCRP

Police in Sicily raided over 60 homes and arrested 45 people in relation to the Mafia. In Germany the clan leader was arrested. Costra Nostra is responsible for drug trafficking and the use of firearms as well as corruption. This was all done in a two-part operation during the second phase called operation Ultra. This was led out by the Italian Special Operation Department of the Carabinieri and the German Bundeskriminalamt along with the Landeskriminalamt of Niedersachasen.    Source: https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/12687-italy-arrests-dozens-of-suspected-mafia-members-in-two-operations  Read More »

Libya: 200 Yemen mercenaries arrive to fight on behalf of Turkey | Middle East Monitor

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) now has the support of over 200 mercenaries from Yemen. These mercenaries are a part of the Islah party. It is predicted that this effort is to help deepen their alliance with Turkey while keeping in mind of the predicted Turkish invasion in Yemen. Source: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200629-libya-200-yemen-mercenaries-arrive-to-fight-on-behalf-of-turkey/ Read More »

Green Beret sharpshooters can kill you from over two miles away | National Interest

Green Berets lived up to their expectations at the elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition. This competition takes some of the most skilled military’s and special operation teams from across the U.S. and armed forces and even some foreign militaries to test and see who has the most sniper talent. Master Sgt. David and Sgt. 1st Class ... Read More »

Everything you want to know about Navy Special Warfare: How SEALs are picked, trained, and paid | Business Insider

Business Insider breaks down the basics of what it takes to become a Navy SEAL while also what comes with the title. The pay is different depending on if you are a West Coast Navy SEAL or an East Coast SEAL based on the price of living. The Navy SEAL’s name stands for Sea, Air, Earth, and Land, demonstrating the ... Read More »

Army halts SERE Course after 90 students test positive for coronavirus | Military.com

The training course was held at Fort Bragg, NC and is an effort to teach trainees on how to survive, evade, resist, and escape enemies. The SERE course was given to 110 students and out of those who attended 82 of them contracted the virus. Eight instructors also tested positive. SCWS officials said that strict COVID-19 measures were implemented, and ... Read More »

Germany to dissolve special forces unit over far-right links | Reuters

In 2003 the commander of the KSK special forces was forced to step down after being accused of being close to far-right extremist. However, 17 years later the group is still facing allegations of being too far-right. The current KSK captain has asked the defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to investigate the proclaimed “toxic culture of acceptance.” For now, the operations ... Read More »