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Fighting season | The Foreign Desk

In spring, as the weather heats up in Afghanistan, so does the fighting. In a country that has been home to foreign forces and UN troops for more than 16 years, it’s a time to assess how far the country has come since the US invaded back in 2001. How many more fighting seasons can the country take? Andrew Mueller ... Read More »

Cuts to Royal Marines ‘will also damage special forces’ | The Times

Proposed cuts to Britain’s elite Royal Marines and two amphibious assault ships are “militarily illiterate” and “totally at odds with strategic reality”, a committee of MPs has warned. A damning report by the Commons defence select committee said cuts that had already taken place to the training and military exercises undertaken by the marines were an “embarrassment” and could do ... Read More »

Commandos repel attack; eliminate 20 ISIS-K fighters in Nangarhar | DVID News

Afghan Commandos responded with precision to repel an ISIS-K attack during a partnered 1st and 8th Special Operations Kandak (Battalion) operation in Mohmand Valley, Achin district, Nangahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 2, 2018. After receiving effective small arms and sniper fire from an ISIS-K element, the Commandos responded with superior firepower, setting the conditions for a decisive engagement using coalition airpower. ... Read More »

What do Navy Seal ethics have to do with wildfire safety efforts? | NFPA

I have been attending a conference in Maine; “Igniting Exchange: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Management”.  One of the keynote speakers was a retired Navy SEAL, David Cooper, who spoke about behavior driven leadership. What I wondered, did Navy SEAL ethics have to do with wildfire safety efforts? David spoke about his career and training to be a part of ... Read More »

Source: The Nunes FBI Memo, Annotated | Politico

The House Intelligence Committee released a memo that alleges bias and wrongdoing by FBI officials while investigating then-candidate Donald Trump. The four-page document was compiled by staff of the House Intelligence Committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and released against strong opposition from the Justice Department, FBI and Democratic lawmakers. The text of the memo is annotated by POLITICO staff below. Source: The ... Read More »

Air Force responds to reports that its newest gunship is having problems with its big guns | Air Force Times

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect responses provided to Air Force Times by Air Force Special Operations Command. The 30mm cannon on the Air Force’s next gunship is having multiple problems, limiting its ability to track targets and maintain a full and consistent rate of fire, according to a new Pentagon report. But Air Force Special Operations Command said the issues highlighted ... Read More »

US B-1 bombers fly over South Korea in show of force | CNN

Four days after North Korea’s fifth and possibly most powerful nuclear weapons test, the US Air Force responded with a show of force on Tuesday, flying two powerful, battle-tested B-1 bombers over South Korea. North Korea claimed Friday’s test showed it had a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on ballistic missiles, a possibility that increases fears for US allies ... Read More »

Not just for Hollywood anymore: SOCOM seeks long-range facial recognition, other next-gen tech | Navy Times

Facial recognition optics are among the new gadgets special operations forces may soon have in their kits during missions. U.S. Special Operations Command is inviting members of industry, academia and government research labs to submit ideas for innovative technologies surrounding intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance that could be of use to SOF units. If selected, participants will be invited to the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, ... Read More »


Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi ordered Special Forces on Wednesday (January 31) to take control of Najaf International Airport, after the provincial council opposed the new successors. The Special Forces, escorted by head of Baghdad International Airport, Ali Jawad was sent to oust the airport’s current board of directors, a source told NRT Arabic. “Negotiations are now under way to ... Read More »

Afghan Special Operations build momentum with Cobra Strike Maneuver Course | DVIDS NEWS

The Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps launched the inaugural Cobra Strike Maneuver Course at the ANASOC Mobility School of Excellence, Pol-e Charki, Afghanistan, Feb. 3, 2018. The course trains Afghan Commandos for mobile offensive operations, bringing increased capability to the region’s elite light infantry special operations force. The inaugural CSMC class of 650 Commando-qualified soldiers will execute the first ... Read More »

Why swearing is f**king good for you | Military Times

Humans aren’t the only primates who can curse, but we’re really good at it, as anyone in the military might know. And, it turns out, it’s good for us. Cursing can promote teamwork and trust, and even make us more tolerant to pain, according Emma Byrne, author of the new book “Swearing is Good for You.” An interview with Byrne is ... Read More »

‘Dozens’ Of Taliban Militants Killed In Southern Afghanistan | RFERL

An Afghan security official says 83 Taliban fighters were killed during an operation by intelligence forces in the southern province of Kandahar late on January 31. The head of military operations in Maiwand district, Sultan Mohammad, told RFE/RL on February 1 that dozens of the militants’ vehicles and motorcycles were also destroyed in the operation, which he said was supported ... Read More »

Source: Bacteria play critical role in driving colon cancers | Science Daily

Patients with an inherited form of colon cancer harbor two bacterial species that collaborate to encourage development of the disease, and the same species have been found in people who develop a sporadic form of colon cancer, a study led by a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy research team finds. A second study in mice published concurrently by ... Read More »