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10th Group Green Beret dies from non-combat incident in Helmand | Army Times

Another 10th Special Forces Group soldier out of Fort Carson, Colorado, died in Afghanistan over the weekend. Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins, 31, a Green Beret medical sergeant from Ogden, Utah, died Sunday from non-combat related injuries in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Army officials announced Monday. The cause of death was not released and an investigation is ongoing, Pentagon officials ... Read More »

Two special operations Osprey squadrons stand up at Yokota AB | Air Force Times

The Air Force has activated two new special operations squadrons in Japan that will operate and maintain the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The Air Force Special Operations Command’s 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base in Japan stood up the 21st Special Operations Squadron and the 753rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Monday at at Yokota Air Base. The ... Read More »

Panel weighs fate of SEAL accused of war crimes | Navy Times

A Navy SEAL murdered a wounded war prisoner in Iraq in 2017 and the proof is his own words, his own photos and the testimony of his fellow troops, a military prosecutor told a jury Monday. Defense attorneys called it a “mutiny” by entitled, junior SEALs trying to oust a demanding chief. The case of the highly decorated Special Warfare ... Read More »

Bad spending oversight hampers Afghan troops, says US watchdog | Military Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — A lack of coordinated oversight of America’s spending in Afghanistan has led to a waste of funds and hampered training and development of the country’s security forces, according to a watchdog group that monitors billions of dollars in U.S. aid to the country. The U.S. has so far spent more than $84 billion dollars on Afghan forces ... Read More »

Thanks to SEAL’s immunity deals, confessed killer unlikely to be charged | Navy Times

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Corey Scott — the SEAL who dropped a legal bombshell on two ongoing war crimes cases by confessing on the stand to asphyxiating an Islamic State prisoner of war — likely won’t face any punishment for the death, according to a copy of his immunity deal shared with Navy Times. In a dramatic moment during his Thursday ... Read More »

Doctor: Stabbing by Navy SEAL could have killed prisoner | The Washington Post

SAN DIEGO — A pathologist testified Monday at a Navy SEAL’s murder trial that a wounded Islamic State militant in Iraq could have died from a stabbing described by other witnesses. Dr. Frank Sheridan said he couldn’t determine a cause of death because of a lack of evidence. There was no body, no photos of a knife wound and only ... Read More »

U.S., Taliban aim to firm up date for foreign force exit from Afghanistan | Reuters

Upcoming peace talks between the United States and the Taliban will focus on working out a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S.-led troops from Afghanistan and on a Taliban guarantee militants won’t plot attacks from Afghan soil, sources said on Monday. A seventh round of talks between the warring sides begins on Saturday in Qatar’s capital of Doha, where U.S. ... Read More »

Navy SEAL sniper testifies he fired near innocent civilian Eddie Gallagher allegedly shot moments later | Task and Purpose

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — A Navy SEAL sniper testified on Friday that he fired warning shots to scare away a civilian noncombatant in Mosul before Chief Eddie Gallagher fired and told them over the radio, “you guys missed him but I got him.” Under direct examination by prosecutors, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Dalton Tolbert recounted the alleged shooting of an ... Read More »

House to include contractor back pay in 2020 spending bill | Federal Times

Federal contractors may see compensation for wages lost during a government shutdown for the first time, a return only federal employees received previously. The House Appropriations Committee announced June 11 that a collection of five planned appropriations bills would also include the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act, which was introduced as a standalone piece of legislation in the House and ... Read More »

Opinion/Letter: WWII heroine honored in her time | The Daily Progress

As a retired female officer from CIA’s Directorate of Operations (National Clandestine Service), I read with interest the column by Cal Thomas, “Honoring D-Day’s ‘forgotten’ woman” (The Daily Progress, June 8). His description of Virginia Hall’s accomplishments in Nazi-occupied France — first for the British Special Operations Executive, then for the Office of Strategic Services (the predecessor organization of the ... Read More »