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Special Forces soldier killed as peace talks continue to end Afghan War | Newsweek

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By James LaPorta and Asher Stockler An American Special Forces soldier was killed in Afghanistan Thursday as violence continues throughout the region amid ongoing peace negotiations between U.S. and Taliban officials. A statement released Friday by officials with the NATO Resolute Support mission did not disclose any details on how the Special Forces soldier was killed. The Defense Department and Newsweek are ... Read More »

Special Forces kill, detain more than 40 Taliban militants in Kabul and other provinces | Khaama Press news Agency

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The Afghan Special Forces killed or detained more than 40 Taliban militants during the operations in Kabul and other provinces of Afghanistan.  The military sources said Friday that the Afghan Special Forces detained a Taliban militant during an operation in Musahi district of Kabul. The sources further added that the Special Forces killed 7 Taliban militants and destroyed a large ... Read More »

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office opens $1.3M Special Operations Center in South Augusta | WFXG.com

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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has a secret isolated among brush and sitting on several acres off Mike Padgett Highway. It’s not private but it’s covert – so we are unable to share exactly where it’s located. “We’re extremely proud of it. When we first purchased it the land and the buildings weren’t in the best shape but we saw ... Read More »

Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced in Iraq shooting seeks new trial | Military Times

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Nicholas Slatten is asking for a new trial because of what he says is newly discovered evidence.  His lawyers received a state department report two days before sentencing. The document concerns a rescue mission of a downed aircraft that took place one week before the shooting in the case. Prosecutors invoked the earlier episode at Slatten’s trial, saying “this man ... Read More »

28 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Balkh operations | Khaama Press News Agency

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The security forces killed, wounded at least 28 Taliban militants during the operations in Balkh province. The 209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement that the security forces conducted the operations in Kushenda, Chahar Bolak and Chemtal districts. The statement further added that the security forces killed 16 Taliban militants and wounded 12 others during the operations. Furthermore, the 209th ... Read More »

Army Ranger killed during 2018 raid was accidentally shot by Afghan commando | Task and Purpose

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A new report has confirmed that an Army Ranger’s death during a raid in Afghanistan last November was due to friendly fire from an elite Afghan commando unit.  According to records obtained by Army Times through a Freedom of Information Act request, the shot that mortally wounded Sgt. Leandro Jasso on November 24, 2018, came from a soldier assigned to the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command’s Ktah ... Read More »

First enlisted woman to graduate from Ranger School reflects on experience | Radio.com

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Congratulations, Staff Sgt. Kelley! As Staff Sgt. Amanda Kelley made her way through mountainous terrain in the midst of a scorching Georgia summer in 2018, she admittedly struggled, carrying more than 50 pounds of gear during a patrol exercise.  Tired and physically drained, her body had withstood nearly a month of training in the Army’s most challenging training school. She ... Read More »

Veteran carries fellow Marine up Mount Timpanogos | Fox 13

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Two veterans who served in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan together love to go hiking with each other. The catch is that one lost his legs in combat. Jonathon Blank and Nelson served together for 10 years in the special operations unit of the Marine Corps together in Afghanistan.  “We shared a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get ... Read More »

Green Beret killed in Afghanistan last week was veteran of seven deployments | Stars and Stripes

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Gonzalez’s family initially requested the Army withhold information about the fallen soldier, including his service photograph, but approved the release of some details and the photo Today. Army Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, one of two Green Berets killed in action during a raid last week in northern Afghanistan, was a father of two and a veteran of seven deployments ... Read More »

15 Taliban and ISIS militants killed, detained in Afghan Special Forces operations | Khaama Press News Agency

Afghanistan Special Forces soldiers standing with special equipment

The Afghan Special Forces killed 2 Taliban and ISIS militants and detained 13 others during the operations in Helmand, Nangarhar and Kandahar provinces.  Tuesday the Afghan Special Forces arrested 4 Taliban militants during an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand. Special Forces also destroyed small caches of weapons, killed a militant of ISIS Khurasan terror group during a raid in ... Read More »