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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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British man held hostage for eight days in Italy is freed by police | The Guardian

A 25-year-old British man was found barefooted and tied in the room of a home where he had been held captive for eight days by Italian police. The guy from London, whose name has not been disclosed, was on...

Original maritime masterminds: Soldiers take on intense dive training | Fort Carson Mountaineer

Combat divers from the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) excel at remaining unnoticed, unknown, and unsuspected during maritime missions. The 10th SFG's dive squad recently completed three weeks of intense maritime and dive requalification training in the cold waters and...

The killing of a terrorist behind the death of 4 US troops sheds light on France’s quiet but intense fight in Africa | Business...

A French counterterrorism operation in northern Mali killed the head of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in August, retaliating for the deaths of four American soldiers in Niger in 2017. In September, French President Emanuel Macron...

EXPLAINER: Can the Taliban suppress the potent IS threat? | AP

With the Taliban in power once again in Afghanistan, a new foe is on the rise. Islamic State is threatening to usher in a new period of violence. With US forces and the former Afghan government gone, the erstwhile...

French forces begin northern Mali drawdown: ‘The idea is not to create a vacuum’ | France 24

By the end of the year, French army bases at Kidal, Tessalit, and Timbuktu in northern Mali will be closed and handed over to the Malian army. While air support will continue to be provided, the 5,000 French troops...

How the US Navy plans to make its future attack submarine into an ‘apex predator’ | Business Insider

Officials from the United States Navy are already preparing the foundations for the next era of nuclear-powered attack submarines, drawing on the present fleet to create a terrifying new vessel. The new submarine is designated SSN(X), indicating that the...

Fighter Jet Fanatics Prepare for an Integrated F-35 Future | National Interest

The Air Force is collaborating with the Army to deliver data acquired by F-35 fighter jets at "machine speed" to ground-based Special Operations Forces (SOF), Marines, and Infantry. It intends to accomplish this by utilizing important emerging technologies that...

Canadian Private Security Companies Have Wreaked Havoc in Afghanistan | Jacobin

Judy Trinh of the CBC reported last month on ex-special forces David Lavery's efforts to evacuate scores of individuals from Kabul before the Taliban took control. Lavery was a founding member of Joint Task Force 2, an elite branch of Canada's armed forces...

For information operations, the key is sorting out sentiment | Defense News

In August, when the US began its final departure from Afghanistan, European news sources and several social media sites reported that allies worked together to remove soldiers. However, Chinese media twisted the facts and presented a different version to...

Violence surges in Pakistan’s tribal belt as Taliban, IS-K go on attack | BBC

In Afghanistan, the Taliban and the Islamic State-Khorasan Province are waging a deadly war for supremacy. In Pakistan, the situation is a little hazier. According to data produced by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based research...

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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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