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Afghan Special Forces rescue 15 people from a Taliban prison in Kunduz | Khaama Press News Agency

Rescued prisoners in Afghanistan

The Afghan Special Forces rescued 15 people from a Taliban prison during an operation in northern Kunduz province.  The Special Operations Corps said the Special Forces conducted the raid in Imam Sahib district late on Sunday night. The officials further added “The Taliban continue to abduct Afghan civilians and ANDSF for payment in order to fuel their offensive operations against ... Read More »

‘He found a family in the Army’: Foster parents recall fallen Green Beret Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa of Chicopee | Mass Live

Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa in his uniform.

Friday would have been Master Sgt. DeLeon-Figueroa’s 32nd birthday.  His foster parents reflect fondly on a life taken too soon. DeLeon-Figueroa’s foster father was very proud of him, how the Army changed him as far as discipline, and that he had become a Green Beret. He recalls the triumphant phone call when DeLeon-Figueroa completed the training and was living the ... Read More »

Green Beret Accused of Killing Suspected Taliban Bomb Maker Facing ‘Agonizing’ Wait for Trial | Military.com

Military cadet gripping his hat

“Over these years, what the U.S. Army seems to be intent on doing is characterizing an ambush as murder,” Golsteyn said. “Those routine combat actions are now being characterized as murder.” Matt Golsteyn is facing another challenge, as his motions hearing has been delayed until September 9th.  He is charged with premeditated murder in the death of the suspected Taliban bomb ... Read More »

Irish Special Forces to begin deployment to Mali in coming days | Irish Times

Irish Special Forces Soldiers with gas masks in training

Deemed as the most dangerous UN mission in the world, members of the Army Ranger Wing, the special forces arm of the Irish Defense Forces, will depart in the days ahead on a deployment to Mali. Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe, who met the Army Ranger wing personnel on Friday ahead of their departure, said ... Read More »

SAS mothballs its state-of-the-art base and reduces training schedule | Daily Mail

A helicopter taking off

An overstretched defense budget has forced the Special Air Service to mothball its state-of-the-art base and reduce its training schedule.  The camp has effectively been closed by limiting helicopter flights to and from the barracks, as well as having civilian workers take their summer leave at the same time as soldiers.  Thousands of computers and lights were disconnected.  Accommodation blocks, ... Read More »

Special Forces kill 14 militants, destroy multiple Taliban tunnels and compounds in Uruzgan | Khaama News Press Agency

Afghan special forces soldiers gathered at night with their equipment

The Afghan Special Forces killed 14 Taliban militants and destroyed multiple tunnels and compounds of the group in Uruzgan province. The Special Operations Corps said in a statement that the Special Forces killed the militants in Mirabad Village of Tarinkot district. The statement further added that the Special Forces also confiscated 11 improvised explosive devices and destroyed 12 fighting positions, ... Read More »

Afghan Special Forces storm the hideout of a key ISIS facilitator of suicide bombings | Khaama Press News Agency

Special Operations soldiers with night goggles after a raid

Afghan Special Forces stormed the hideout of a key ISIS terrorist in Jalalabad city. The 201st Silab Corps said in a statement the National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces stormed the hideout of Abdul Basit, a key facilitator of ISIS terrorist group. Furthermore, the NDS forces conducted the raid late on Thursday night in the 5th district of Jalalabad city. ... Read More »

For SEALs, it’s back to regulation haircuts and uniform inspections | Navy Times

Comander addressing the SEALs

A string of scandals regarding the SEALs has illicited Naval Special Warfare commander Rear Adm. Collin Green to design a four-page “back to basics” directive.  His intent is to shore up shoddy conduct, restore moral accountability and create better leaders. Green’s guidance returns the SEAL and boat teams to standards expected of service members across the fleet. It’s a mandate ... Read More »

Two U.S. Special Forces soldiers killed in Afghanistan Identified | Newsweek

Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa in his uniform.

The names of two U.S. Special Forces soldiers killed August 21 in Afghanistan have been released. Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35 were both assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), or 7th SFG (A), stationed out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.  Both were posthumously promoted to Master Sergeant.  Deleon-Figueroa was ... Read More »

Wounded US Special Forces veteran honored at Yankee Stadium with family by his side | Fox News

“I’m just one guy that got injured. A lot of guys got killed,” Bailey said. “But the big thing is that they honor the families — because that’s who really goes through hell.” Bailey said he was grateful to the Yankees for the opportunity to recognize the families of the wounded, those who don’t sign up to go to war ... Read More »