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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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Army’s ‘unconventional warfare’ division signs £8m deal to improve data sources | Public Technology

The Army's "unconventional warfare" specialty squad has inked an £8 million-plus deal to supply new data sources to support its operations. The UK's 6th Division's mission, according to a newly released acquisition paper, is to watch and evaluate the...

Major in charge of Kunsan comptroller squadron fired after four months | Military Times

An Air Force spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that Maj. Chase Darden, commander of the 8th Comptroller Squadron at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea, was relieved of duty on Oct. 15 after only four months on the job. According to...

Russia’s Grom special forces unit to be first to get latest Lebedev compact pistol | TASS

According to an insider in law enforcement agencies, the Russian Interior Ministry's Grom (Thunder) special forces unit will be the first to receive the latest 9mm Lebedev compact pistol for operational deployment. TASS has yet to receive formal confirmation...

Afghanistan and the Future of US Foreign Policy | Small Wars Journal

On August 30, just days before the 20th anniversary of the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, the United States (US) evacuated the last of its armed soldiers from Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA). US forces had been on...

Two German ex-soldiers detained over plot to fight in Yemen | Reuters

According to the Federal Public Prosecutor, German police apprehended two former soldiers on terrorism-related charges on Wednesday for reportedly attempting to organize a mercenary force of up to 150 individuals to fight in Yemen. Police raided the homes of...

What we know about the 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti by a notorious gang | NPR

Seventeen persons on a Christian mission trip to Haiti to build houses are being taken prisoner by 400 Mawazo, one of the nation's most violent gangs. According to reports from The Wall Street Journal and CNN, the gang is...

Seven militiamen killed in clashes with Taliban in northern Afghanistan | TASS

In the Baghlan region of northern Afghanistan, clashes between the National Resistance Front and the Taliban have restarted. At least seven militiamen were killed in the fighting, according to the Afghan Islamic Press on Saturday. Two National Resistance Front commanders were...

Extreme weather: Tim Sloan saw combat as a special ops meteorologist | KTBS

In the military, meteorology may not be the first career that comes to mind. When you meet Tim Sloan, however, you'll realize that it's right up there. It wasn't the kind of glamorous job you'd find in a TV...

Robot dogs now have sniper rifles | New York Post

At the Association of the United States Army's annual convention in Washington, DC this week, a robot dog with a sniper rifle was revealed. The Ghost Robotics-built robot is armed with a SWORD Defense Systems Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle...

44 Years On: The Hijack Of Lufthansa Flight 181 | Simple Flying

It's been 44 years since Lufthansa Flight 181 was hijacked. The five-day adventure saw one of the German flag carrier's Frankfurt-bound Boeing 737s transported to Mogadishu, Somalia, and is considered one of the defining events of the so-called "German...

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Why this Air Force commando who fought with a shot lung doesn’t count deployments | Task & Purpose

On the night of October 5th, 2009, in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, a team comprised of Green Berets, Afghan...

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