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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Special Finds

Oman’s spectacular ‘Norway of Arabia’ | BBC Travel

Found in northern Oman, Kumzar is a small village that has developed its own language and culture due to how isolated it is. The village can only be accessed by an hour-long speedboat ride or a 2.5-hour trip on...

Nigerian president calls on US to relocate Africa Command headquarters | The Hill

With the number of recent clashes with armed rebels alongside the ongoing efforts to push back on militant Islamist groups, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the US to relocate US Africa Command’s headquarters in Germany to the African...

First short-range air defense systems deploy to Europe | Defense News

A Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) systems have been deployed in Europe and received by the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in Ansbach, Germany. As the first unit to receive the vehicles, the troop will continue to...

Facebook and Google ‘failed to remove scam adverts’ | BBC News

After receiving endless online scam adverts reports, Facebook and Google promised to remove and ban these advertisers, but unfortunately, these two platforms failed to fulfill their promise. Specifically, Facebook failed to remove 26% of the reported scam adverts, while...

US airstrikes, surveillance in Afghanistan may continue from afar after drawdown | Air Force Times

As the American troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan, the US military is looking for options on how they can position manned or unmanned aircraft in the Middle East and Asia to be able to continue airstrikes and intelligence-gathering...

The crazy tactic Finland used to root out and kill Soviet snipers | We Are the Mighty

With a little training and limited weapons, the Finns are left with no choice but to become as creative as they can during the Continuation War. From Molotov Cocktails to using frozen corpses to get into the heads of...

The big Pentagon internet mystery now partially solved | Military Times

On the very same day that President Joe Biden was sworn in, a shadowy company announced that it was now managing a large piece of internet owned by the US Department of Defense. The announcement has somewhat solved the...

This tiny drone boat is being tested during the Navy’s big manned-unmanned teaming experiment | The Drive

In the recent exercises off the coast of Southern California, the US Navy has tested a small, unmanned surface vessel named ADARO. This small drone is intended to extend intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) coverage for the fleet when...

For the first time, women become Marines at San Diego Recruit Depot | Marine Corps Times

Fifty-three women just become official members of the Marines, making history as the first women to graduate from San Diego Recruit Depot. The new Marine members were able to complete the Crucible last Thursday morning, earning them the title...

As US troops leave Afghanistan, rescued dogs and cats go with them | Stars & Stripes

Charlotte Maxwell-Jones runs a veterinary clinic in Kabul and helps prepare cats and dogs prepare for a flight back to the US with troops. Two-thirds of the dogs they have been shipping out were going with service members to...

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Industry supports Special Ops with lethality enhancements | National Defense

From small arms modifications and related sighting systems to mounts for crew-served weapons, the industry is giving the US...

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